Here, you'll find a comprehensive summary of the project timeline, spanning from its initiation to the present.
The government grants 74 million NOK to The Whale.
The Whale receives historic support of 50 million from Samfunnsløftet in Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge.
The Whale wins its first international architecture award, "AZ Award 2023," for the best concept and unrealized project.
Political majority in Andøy decides to allocate 75 million from the Andøy Fund to The Whale.
The Whale hosts the ocean conference "Oceans of Hope" for several hundred youths.
Andøy municipality becomes the largest shareholder in The Whale AS, holding 24.89% of the shares after a targeted emission.
Andøy municipality advances 7.5 million NOK of the granted subsidy.
January to December
42 meetings with politicians to secure state financing for The Whale.
Torchlight procession for The Whale gathers 150 people in Andenes.
The Whale is presented at "The International Museum Construction Congress."
Visit from the Youth County Council of Nordland.
Additional 15 million NOK from Andøy municipality.
Launch of "Our Own Moby Dick Project (Arktis 2030)" in which The Whale is a partner.
Sound event in collaboration with artists and researchers at Arctic Soundscape.
"Øistein's Pencil," The Whale, and Andøya Space organize a school closing event for children in Andøy.
June to September
The Whale conducts a sustainability analysis and formulates a sustainability document.
The first machines arrive at the site for ground investigations.
Presentation of the results from archaeological excavations.
April to June
Establishment of The Whale's operational organization, The Whale Drift AS.
Start of the EEA project Fenais a Fenais in the Azores, in which The Whale is a partner.
Joint meeting with the participation of the Ministry of Culture, Nordland County Municipality, Arts Council Norway, Museum Nord, Andøy municipality, and The Whale.
Collaboration project "From the Depths to Space with Øistein's Pencil" begins.
Sketch development for The Whale's content.
Minister of Culture Abid Raja grants one million NOK in planning funds for The Whale.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Local Government and Modernisation Linda Hofstad Helleland visit Andøy to learn about The Whale.
Archaeologists find whale bones during excavations in Sløyken.
The Whale AS purchases land for the attraction in Andøy municipality.
Nordland County Council grants 55 million NOK to The Whale.
Archaeological excavations begin.
Archaeological excavations on the site commence.
The Whale meets Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
Strong interest in The Whale at the Norwegian Travel Workshop.
The Whale highlighted by Minister of Culture Abid Q. Raja.
Andøy Municipal Council grants 15 million NOK in subsidies.
The regulatory plan for The Whale is approved by Andøy Municipal Council.
Celebration event for The Whale with 100 Andøy residents.
Authorities approve The Whale's construction.
Description of the content of The Whale is approved by the board.
Innovation Norway provides significant support to The Whale on Andenes.
The Whale meets Crown Prince Haakon in Andenes.
The Whale and Andøy municipality organize the conference "Protection and Development in Andøy."
Images of the building go global, and Dorte Mandrup AS wins the architecture competition.
The Whale becomes an international phenomenon.
Architect proposals tour in Nordland and Troms.
Exhibition of architect proposals in Andenes.
The Whale presented at NHO Tourism Conference.
Success for the whale carnival during the children's market day in Andenes.
Selected architectural teams visit The Whale's site.
June to October
Archaeological findings lead to a preservation order on the site.
24 architecture teams apply for prequalification.
Prequalification for the architecture competition is launched.
Launch of the international architecture competition.
The Whale meets Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
The Whale participates in the Norwegian Travel Workshop.
The Whale team returns to London for another meeting with Ralph Appelbaum Associates.
Panel meeting for The Whale on Andenes.
Meeting in London with Ralph Appelbaum Associates.
The Whale invites locals for a workshop to gather ideas for architecture and content.
Design team from Ralph Appelbaum Associates visits Andenes.
The board and administration go on a study trip to Lofoten.
Whale 'n' Wine evening for Andenes residents.
Owners invest 1 million NOK in phase 3, ensuring progress in The Whale.
Vision and mission for The Whale are approved by the board.
Conclusion of Preliminary Project Phase 2 in Sortland.
Establishment of The Whale AS.
In connection with the whale symposium, six-year-old whale ambassador Elliot Meier meets whale researchers.
Steering group goes on a study trip to see attractions and museums in Denmark.
Whale n' Ale evening to thank supporters.
Business community invited to The Whale Workshop.
Samskap grants 1.3 million NOK to The Whale.
Steering group decides to proceed to the next phase.
"Into the Realm of the Whale" with a humpback whale balloon.
Over 1000 Andenes residents participate in a whale parade.
Nordland County Municipality supports The Whale's preliminary project with 300,000 NOK.
Steering group and administration go on a study trip to see attractions and museums in Iceland.
Andøy Municipal Business Committee grants 200,000 NOK to The Whale.
Market analysis indicates demand for an attraction in Andenes focused on whales.
First steering group meeting in the preliminary project for The Whale.
Official start of the preliminary project for The Whale.
The Whale Kick-off event for Andenes residents.
The first meeting to discuss the establishment of a world-class whale attraction in Andenes. The idea for The Whale is born.