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Are you ready to get blown away?
At Lindesnes lighthouse, the wind and the waves are part of the attraction.
You can even spend the night. You will never forget the lullaby of the elements.
Unforgettable is also a word frequently used to describe Lindesnes’ new superstar attraction: Europe’s first underwater restaurant, Under (the word means both “wonder” and “under” in Norwegian).
The building, designed by Snøhetta, looks like an art installation but is not afraid of the elements, as it also functions as an artificial reef.
But the real “wonder” is the 18-course menu that introduces you to rare ocean delights like stone crab and rugose squat lobster.
“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 comfort zone.”
– Chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard
A more low-key taste of the sea can also be experienced a 35-minute drive away, at the annual shellfish festival in Mandal.
This popular four-day celebration of the tastiest seafood and groovy music takes place every August.
But the music is always playing in this charming town, where a lot of music festivals take place throughout the year.
Stroll passed old white-painted wooden houses in cosy, narrow streets.
You can also walk the 200 steps up to the Uranienborg viewpoint, where the reward is stunning vistas over the coast and the sea.
Back in town, make sure to visit some of the interesting museums, like the Vigeland house where Emanuel and Gustav Vigeland, two of Norway’s greatest artists, grew up.
Gustav is the one who created the famous sculpture park Vigelandsparken in Oslo (yes, the one with all the naked people).
At the old museum factory Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik a bit out of the town, you can follow the wool’s sustainable life cycle from sheep to your new favourite sweater.
Although Mandal is one of the prettiest towns of the south, the main reason for many holiday seekers to come here is the beautiful beaches.
The 800 metres long Sjøsanden is a regular on every Best beach of Norway-list.
Also, remember to bring (or rent) a fishing rod. There is plenty of fish in the sea and in the river that runs through the city.
The Mandalselva river has been a Mecca for salmon anglers since the 19th century.
If that doesn’t get your adrenaline pumping, this sure will! Do you dare to raft through the rapids of the Mandalselva river?
The kids will love Lindland farm, a family park near Mandal. Get up close with the cutest sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, horses, and alpacas. Maybe you’ll even get to witness the peacocks put on a majestic show?
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