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Underwater restaurant opens in Norway

A Danish chef has been brought in to harvest the catch of the rough seas and serve it in an underwater tube for up to 40 guests.

At the southern tip of Norway, semi-submerged beneath the icy waters of the North Atlantic in Lindesnes, guests are now invited to dine five-and-a-half metres below the surface, with a panoramic view of the ocean floor providing the backdrop.

Norway’s only underwater restaurant opened at Spangereid near Lindesnes on Wednesday. Called Under, it has been designed by famed architects Snøhetta and is now the world’s largest underwater restaurant.

The premises can only accommodate 40 guests, however, and the reservations have been flowing in.

Last February, a full 14 months before it was open, as many as 1,200 guests booked a table at the future restaurant, writes the Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.

The brothers Stig and Gaute Ubostad from Lyngdal are behind the concept, hauling in Danish chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen to prepare the Nordic food. The tasting menu consists of 18 to 20 dishes.

Visitors must be prepared to pay at least NOK 2,000 (€208) for the dining experience. The reservation fee is set at NOK 1,000.

Naked flavours
“Fresh ingredients and pure naked flavours are of utmost importance to us. At the same time, we want to provide a unique dining experience that ushers our guests beyond their current comfort zone,” proclaims Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen.

Under says it “aims to provide a journey into the unknown. In featuring the Norwegian coastal ecosystem, we are creating a new niche for underwater tourism. Each guest will be given a unique opportunity to experience a submerged universe admiring marine life in ways they otherwise may never see”.

Under is located about 85 kilometres from Kristiansand Airport, which is flown to by SAS, Widerøe and Norwegian from Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim. There are also direct international arrivals from Copenhagen, Amsterdam, London and Gdansk.

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