Steinar Skaar / Statens vegvesen via Turistveg
Andrea Romano
April 03, 2018

Everyone loves a good, scenic road trip. You get in the car, drive for miles, crank up the stereo, and get a chance to explore the beauty of the world.

But making a pit stop is probably the least photogenic part of your trip — unless you go to Norway.

Related: Everything You Need to Know to See the Northern Lights in Norway

A new toilet built on a scenic viewing spot along the Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten, a 433 kilometers (269 miles) stretch between Holm and Godøystraumen, isn’t your run of the mill restroom.

Steinar Skaar / Statens vegvesen via Turistveg

The spot located at Ureddplassen near Gildeskål is marked with a concrete and glass wave-shaped toilet that looks like it should be in some ultra-modern mansion rather than on the side of the road. The facility itself (but not the entire rest stop) was designed by the architects Haugen/Zohar, according to Lonely Planet.

Steinar Skaar / Statens vegvesen via Turistveg

Not only is the area a great place to enjoy a private, clean facility, it’s also an ideal spot to view the Northern Lights in winter and the midnight sun in summer.

Norway also has another comparable facility on its Aurlandsfjellet scenic route, which was named the world’s best public toilet in 2015 by DesignCurial. Clearly if you’re going to take a road trip, this is the best country to do it in.

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