On the island of Andøya you can wander along some of Norway’s most beautiful beaches and look out over the still waters of
the ocean with the midnight sun as your sole companion. This is a trip that is designed for enjoyment. The road itself follows
a broad shelf of cultivated land where people have put down roots between the wide ocean and the jagged peaks. If you’re lucky
you might see seals, whales and eagles from your car window. In the late summer you can try tasting wonderful cloudberries
on the moorland that stretches towards the mountains, or earlier in the summer you can visit the bird cliff on the island
of Bleiksøya. The Gulf Stream makes for a hospitable climate and turns the ocean into an abundant source of food for a rich
variety of bird and animal life. Here you can also discover some little-known highlights such as the tiny fishing village
of Bleik. Between Nordmæla and Nøss you will find the rock formation Bukkekjerka, where nature itself has contrived to build
a natural altar and pulpit. Andøya also provides a fine stretch of road for cyclists and if you want to view the island from
the sea, there are lots of opportunities for kayaking.
Fishing and fish processing have been Andøya’s main industries but the climate has also favoured agriculture. The armed forces
have played an important role in the community, and the air-base was built with NATO funds. Andenes lighthouse has been a
landmark since 1859.
Spaceship Aurora is a completely new attraction for the public at the Andøya Space Center enabling you to learn more about
outer space and the northern lights. Maybe not everyone thinks of Norway as a space nation but since the launching of its
first research rocket in 1962, Andøya has been at the centre of an exciting part of our space travel history. For those who
prefer dry land, picking cloudberries or bird watching are good alternatives. If you prefer the sea, we recommend deep-sea
fishing or a whale safari – both great alternatives.