Quality Hotel Grand Kristiansund
Phone: (47) 71 571300
Fax: (47) 71 571301
Bernstorffstredet 1, Kristiansund, NO, 6509
- Phone: (47) 71 571300
- Fax: (47) 71 571301
The Atlantic Ocean Road or the Atlanterhavsveien, in Norwegian, is one of the most iconic roads in Norway. Featuring a splendidly winding path overlooking the Atlantic ocean on both the sides, it is a part of one of the most photogenic landscapes in the country. Originally planned for a railway route which was never built, the Atlantic Road was established between 1983-89, after overcoming some twelve impeding hurricanes! A National Cultural Heritage sight and a thriving tourist attraction, the road curling over deep blue ocean with strong waves thrashing all around it looks right out of an intense painting.
Anyone who has seen the inspiring Free Willy movies will always remember the orca who acted in it. He was Keiko who went on to become the most famous of his kind in the world. This gentle giant was born in 1977 and was brought into captivity when he was just two years old. Devoid of his natural habitation, this killer whale suffered ill health for most of his years. The movie generated a lot of interest and the Free Willy Keiko was established. Massive rehabilitation process was taken to return him to the wild. He eventually arrived in Skålvikfjorden where he was taken care of, till another attempt to set him in the wild was planned. This is where he died in 2003. Keiko's Memorial Cairn was built in his honor. The ever piling stones are a testimony of the impact that Keiko had on countless people worldwide.