Einer der schönsten Küstenabschnitte liegt in Nordland. Hier führt einer der schönsten norwegischen Landschaftsrouten immer in unmittelbarer Nähe der Küste. Diverse landscapes alternate with architecture that is just as exciting. On our tour along the Norwegian coast, landscape and architecture unite in a special way in Helgeland.

Architecture meets landscape: The Helgeland Bridge

One of the most beautiful stretches of coast is in Nordland. Here one of the most beautiful Norwegian landscape routes is always in the immediate vicinity of the coast. Diverse landscapes alternate with equally exciting architecture. On our tour along the Norwegian coast, landscape and architecture come together in a special way in Helgeland. We visit the Helgeland Bridge.

Helgeland is the southernmost part of the province of Nordland and was once the holy land of the Vikings. Today the RV 17 road leads through the Helgeland as one of the most beautiful scenic routes. Shortly after Sandnessjøen, one of the largest strut bridges in the world crosses the Leirfjord, the Helgeland Bridge. It connects the municipality of Alstahaug on the island of Alsta with the mainland.

The road on the island of Alsta leads over an elongated ramp to the Helgeland bridge, which rises significantly in its first section. Accordingly, the two towers on which the diagonal struts hang are of different heights. Seen from the island of Alsta, the height of the first tower is 127 meters high, the second tower 138 meters high.

The longest span of the Helgeland Bridge is 425 meters, the total length of the bridge 1065 meters with a width of 12 meters. The maximum passage height of the ships under the Helgeland Bridge is taken into account at 45 meters. In order to be able to absorb the vibrations of the Helgeland Bridge and to ensure high wind stability, the large foundations are up to 31 meters deep. Because Helgeland is notorious for its storm season. Accordingly, it has to withstand squalls at speeds of up to 250 km / h.

The Helgeland Bridge, designed by the engineer Holger S. Svensson, was built from 1989 and opened in July 1991. In order to refinance the construction costs of around EUR 20 million, a toll was levied until 2005.

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