Norway is a stunning country with fjords, mountains, beautiful countryside and of course amazing views of the Northern Lights. In the near future, there will be even more reason to visit this Nordic country. Visitors will be able to enjoy an up-close look at whales, all while staying on land.

Norway will offer 'The Whale', an attraction way up in the north. The location is 185 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The surrounding waters are cold and full of squid, which means that whales come within easy viewing distance.

The new attraction will be in the small town of Andenes, which is located on the island of Andøya. Not only will visitors be treated to amazing views of the surrounding archipelago, but they will enjoy an up-close encounter with whales, all from the comfort of the shore. The small town of Andenes is already popular with whale watchers and attracts 50,000 visitors annually.

Visitors who flock to the 4,800 square foot building will enjoy a structure that fits into the landscape. The building will offer offices, a café, a store as well as exhibition spaces. Those visiting will be able to learn about whales at the various exhibitions. Guests will also be able to educate themselves on how they can protect marine life.

Once opened, travelers are sure to flock to The Whale. With uninterrupted views of the North Atlantic from the observation deck situated on the roof, it will provide amazing picture-taking opportunities. There is also a tidepool area to enjoy and stepping stones so visitors can explore the surrounding area.

While construction is expected to be completed by 2022, no official opening date has been announced yet.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: