The Whale is a unique attraction that is about whales and life in the sea. It is a place that combines
the best of the worlds of science and art. The overall idea is to inspire and engage guests to take care
of the ocean by creating a sense of connection between humans and whales. The exhibition is
interdisciplinary and deals with:
The biology of whales, including the anatomy of whales and the difference between baleen
and toothed whales
The evolution of whales, including a presentation of the diversity of whales
Whales' behaviour, including whales' social behaviour, communication and sounds
Whales' interaction with humans, including local whaling, whaling in a global context, as well
as whales in art, literature, myths, research and collaboration with people
The role of whales in the ecosystem, including whales' nutritional base, recycling of
nutrients, climate change and pollution
The sea as a resource, including ship traffic, noise, fisheries, oil exploration and mining
In collaboration with schools and training institutions, The Whale will develop teaching
programs designed for primary and secondary schools, both physically and digitally.
Where will The Whale be built and who designed the architecture?
The Whale will be built on Sløyken peninsula in Andenes, with the Andenes lighthouse as its nearest
In 2019, an international architectural competition was held to find the best design and the most
skilled architects to realize The Whale.
I 2019 ble det gjennomført en internasjonal arkitektkonkurranse for å finne det beste designet og de
dyktigste arkitektene for å realisere The Whale.
The renowned Danish architectural firm Dorte Mandrup AS was named the winner of the
In 2022, Dorte Mandrup AS received the international prize Global Award for Sustainable
Who owns The Whale?
The attraction The Whale is owned by The Whale AS, which consists of 7 shareholders:
ANDØY KOMMUNE is the largest owner of The Whale.
AH Holding AS
Norlandia Holding AS
Eidissen Consult AS
Andøy Reiseliv SA
Who will run The Whale?
The Whale Drift AS will operate The Whale. The company is an IDEAL business and a NON-PROFIT
The Whale Drift AS does not pay dividends to shareholders.
The profit goes into the business and is used to develop new or further develop already established
offers in line with The Whale's purpose.
How much does The Whale cost?
The Whale is budgeted with a cost frame of NOK 455 MILLION.
This includes the building of around 3,700 square meters, development of content and engineering.