Tourists in Norway will soon be able to whale watch from land
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Norway should be on every traveller’s must-see list: It’s a stunning destination with mountains, fjords, contemporary cities and natural phenomena like the midnight sun and northern lights.
And come 2022, there will be yet another reason to plan a trip to this Nordic land. It’s called The Whale, and according to Lonely Planet, it will “enable visitors [on the] island of Andøya to see migrating whales up close”.
Whale watching is a huge tourist attraction in Norway, and more than 50,000 visitors already flock to Andenes every year, Lonely Planet said, which is where The Whale is being constructed. Windswept Andenes is considered an especially excellent destination for whale watching due to the cold, squid-filled waters that attract sperm whales.
Danish architecture firm Dorte Mandrup won the competition to design The Whale. Børre Berglund, CEO of the project and head of the jury for the competition, called it at once “poetic and low-key” and “exciting and unusual”.
The Whale will overlook the island’s rocky coast, and offer uninterrupted views of the North Atlantic from the roof. The curved, stone-covered structure will be home to exhibition spaces, a café and a store, and has been created to look like a natural extension of the rugged landscape.
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Even though The Whale won’t open before 2022, it’s not too soon to start planning your trip there. Fortunately, Norway is pretty easy to get to on points and miles, thanks to frequent flights by Star Alliance member Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). Additionally, you can take advantage of low-cost carriers that travel to the country.
While you can go whale watching from basically any country with a coastline, there are certain places where the chances of sightings are particularly high and the whales come conveniently close to shore.
Featured image courtesy of Dorte Mandrup.