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Top Choice Museum in Andenes


Andenes' Whale Centre provides a perspective for whale-watchers, with displays on whale research, hunting and the life cycle of these gentle giants. Most people visit the centre in conjunction with a whale safari. T…
Top Choice Norwegian in Andenes


The Lysthuset is the best of Andenes' limited dining options. Ignore the casual cafe at the front – the restaurant proper serves salted local lamb, as well as cod and salmon in various forms. For dessert, indulge i…
Top Choice Museum in Andenes

Andøya Rocket Range

Located 1km south of the town entrance along the road to Bleik, this innovative space centre has a wide-screen 16-minute movie and other exhibits about the aurora borealis (rockets sent up from here aid in the study…
Exhibition in Andenes

Northern Lights Centre

This impressive high-tech aurora borealis exhibition first featured at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
Museum in Andenes


This nature centre shares a restored wooden warehouse with the tourist office. It showcases the natural history of northern Norway, including sea birds, marine mammals, topography, farming, fisheries and local cult…
Museum in Andenes


The quaint, Arctic-themed Polar Museum has displays on local hunting and fishing traditions. There's extensive coverage of the 38 winter hunting expeditions in Svalbard undertaken by local explorer Hilmar Nøis, who…
Lighthouse in Andenes

Andenes Fyr

The town's landmark red lighthouse, automated for many years, opened in 1859 and still shines on. To climb up its 40m and 148 steps, ask for the key at the tourist office.
Gallery in Andenes

Fargeklatten galleries

This complex of historical buildings now includes a couple of small galleries displaying the art and crafts of northern Norway.
Indian in Andenes


Housed in a delightful 1870s-era Andenes home, this friendly place serves reasonable (if unexciting) Indian cuisine.
Italian in Andenes

Da Vinci

The best pizzas on Andøya are found here at this above-average Italian eatery that locals swear by.