Norwegian Road Museum – Outside

Many of the exhibits of the norwegian Road Museum do not find spaces inside the large building, so there is an extensive exhibition in the surroundings too. A lot of the vehicles and mashines were used in the road construction, some particularly for drilling holes for blasting. Remember that there is also the Blasting Museum here as a part of the Road Museum. If it is open you can enter a tunnel in which the technics of blasting are explained. Unfortunately it was closed during my visit, so check the opening times before hand of your visit.

Keep an eye open for the huge carrier that you can see on the title and on one of the photos below. I don’t like myself on photos, but here I stood beside it to demonstrate the enormous size of it. Looking at the tyres I remember once on a road trip in the US and making a stop that I came into a talk with some truck drivers. They had these overload trucks bringing such tyres to a mine. Impressive!!!

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Norwegian Road Museum – Construction, History and Road Safety

In the Norwegian Road Museum you an learn a lot about the construction, history and safety of norwegian roads. The museum is run by the states road administration (Statens Vegvesen) and surprisingly free of charge. You will see it is a big museum.

At times when people noticed it is helpful to prepare the ground for an easier traverse they used wood.

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In the later time, ideas were developed to get the ground prepared by rolling heavy ‘barrels’.

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In modern times road constructions are done with a lot of different advanced tools and the help of combustion.

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In the past the help for orientation on trails was done by these sculptures. Nowadays you sometimes can see them sometimes on hiking trails.

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These are instruments for road construction… before GPS.

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Obviously a gas station. 🙂

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Old ways of transportation.

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This is a toll station, which will see from time to time when travelling in Norway. Sometimes parts of roads, often tunnels and bridges, are financed by toll stations. People pay a certain amount to be allowed to use it. After some years, when it is paid out, the toll station is removed again.

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An important issue as in all countries is the safety on the roads. The visitors can (and should) learn about the risks and measures they can take to reduce them. It is a great thing and I hope the message reaches a broad public.

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Constructional measures on how vehicles can be safer is also shown. At the time of the visit I didn’t know that some years later I am involved professionally on car safety… 🙂

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The Atlantic Ocean Road

Looking for a very spectacular road? I can recommend you the Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway. It is a combination of 7 bridges and road pieces over a distance of 8.3 kilometer. Some of the bridges are twisted to fit to the geografics, it gives it a spectacular look. From time to time the road is used for filming advertisements or documentories, often by car companies like for example the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell and the Bentley Continental GT (embedded video below). But I can assure you also a cheaper car is perfect to experience this beautiful piece of asphalt.

The construction started in 1983 and it was inaugurated in 1989. By the way, in Norway they call the road Atlanterhavsvegen. It does not cost any toll.

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Here the video, you can start it at minute 12:20. Before is mainly technics and driving the Trollstigen Road…

Lössi to Manamansalo

Finland, as the country of lakes, in many places requires to short cut long road drives by establishing ferry connections. Like in Sweden and Norway also here short ferry connections are free to use as it is officially a part of the contries road system. These short ferries are called Lössi and partly are cable driven.

My last Lössi tour was in summer 2017 to short cut the access to the hiking area on the peninsulae Manamansalo in the large Oulujärvi. But I have been on several like the connection to the island Hailuoto just south of Oulu or in the lakelands in the central south. In Sweden this is a very convenient way of travelling around Stockholm on its east through the skerries.

For your trip through Finland you can look up any connection on Ferry.fi.

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