Top ChoiceMuseum in Andenes

Spaceship Aurora

Around 1km south of the town entrance along the road to Bleik, this innovative space centre has a widescreen 16-minute movie and other exhibits about the aurora borealis (rockets sent up from here aid in the...

Top ChoiceNorwegian in Andenes


This is the best of Andenes' limited dining options. Ignore the casual cafe out the front – the restaurant proper serves Arctic specialities such as salted local lamb, monkfish with shellfish sauce and salmon in...

Lighthouse in Andenes

Andenes Fyr

The town's landmark red lighthouse, automated for many years, opened in 1859 and still shines on. To climb its 40m and 148 steps, arrange a guided tour through the reception at the whale-safari centre. The views...

Museum in Andenes


The 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 in conjunction with a whale safari (a museum visit...

Museum in Andenes

Museum Nord

The quaint, Arctic- and polar-themed Museum Nord has displays on local hunting and fishing traditions. There's extensive coverage of the 38 winter hunting expeditions in Svalbard undertaken by local explorer...

Italian in Andenes

Da Vinci

The best pizzas on Andøya (not that there's a lot of competition) are at this Italian eatery. It's good for takeaway and meat and fish dishes to go with the pasta, pizza (both Italian and American) and salads.

Cafe in Andenes

Mea Pub & Cafe

A cosy, lantern-lit drinking den is just the spot for a night-time tipple in the Arctic. It also serves food but it's more about nursing your drink of choice in an intimate setting while the wind blows outside.

Norwegian in Andenes

Orion Cafe & Restaurant

Down by the water, the Orion has the best setting of any restaurant in Andenes. It serves reindeer stew, grilled stockfish and some lighter international options in an agreeable setting.

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, with visiting exhibitions livening things up a little.

Church in Andenes

Andenes Kirke

It only opens for a month, and even then just three days a week so take advantage if you happen to be in town. It's a typically austere northern Norwegian wood construction that's prettier from the outside.

Museum in Andenes

Turf Museum

This small turf museum is part of the historic Fargeklatten complex of restored buildings.