Uredd Rest Area: The World's Most Beautiful Public Toilet

Public toilets often have a negative reputation of being dingy and uncomfortable. But there are some places in the world where the condition of public toilets are decent and acceptable. And then there are public toilets with majestic views of surrounding nature and an aesthetically appealing architectural design that will just leave you in awe. Norway's Uredd Rest Area tops that list.

Ureddplassen, as it is known locally, is located near the coast, with scenic views of the Fugle√łya Island and the Lofoten Islands across the open sea. The Norwegian government strategically placed it along the Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten and has become a landmark for people to take a rest stop and enjoy the beauty of nature while on the road.

Apart from the sleek wave-like (or to some eyes, mammoth-like) design, marble benches have also been placed just outside and one can even come closer to the water through some amphitheater steps built nearby. The name Uredd had been inspired by the Norwegian "Uredd" submarine in World War II, which means "fearless". There's also a WWII memorial at the site, to remember the 42 sailors who lost their lives during the war. -via Everlasting Blort

(Video credit: Atlas Obscura)

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Something to add for my long fantasized Norwegian road trip to the tidal currents of Saltstraumen and then ferry over to Lofoten on the way up to the Arctic Circle. Some day .....
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