Whale-watching is about to get a whole lot cooler, thanks to a new attraction where guests will be invited to take in the views of the creatures – from the building’s roof.
The aptly named attraction ‘The Whale’ is opening in Norway, right on the shores 300km north of the Arctic Circle.
The location means visitors can get up close to the whales without disturbing their natural habitat, while the rooftop observation deck will also allow for some pretty epic views of the landscape.
The attraction will be located in the small town of Andenes on the island of Andøya, a region which migrating whales are known to visit.
Last year, architecture firm Dorte Mandrup won a competition to design the building – and they have since shared the renderings of their plans.
The huge building covers 4,500 sq m and looks a bit like it belongs in a sci-fi film. Inside, visitors can expect exhibitions about the migrating whales, as well as artwork and sculptures paying tribute to the creatures.
For those who want to head outdoors, the roof will double up as an observation deck, mad from unworked stones from the area.
On the days where the weather is a little more temperamental, you can also take in views inside the attraction thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean.
Other highlights will also include a tidepool, campfire and stepping stones for visitors to explore the surroundings.
There are also plans to open a café and a shop.
Originally, construction on The Whale was due to be finished by 2022, but last year, archaeological remains of a settlement dating back to the Viking Age were found on the building site.
That meant that the area became automatically protected under the Cultural Heritage Act, and raised questions over whether the attraction would be allowed to go ahead at all.
However this month, there was good news for the architects and attraction’s planners, as the Nordland County Council granted The Whale exemption from the act, allowing them to continue construction.
The Whale is now expected to open in June 2023.
You can find out more on the Dorte Mandrup website.