Whale Watching capital of Norway

Risøyhamn is a village on the southern part of the island of Andøya. The island of Andøya is connected to the island of Hinnøya by the Andøy Bridge in Risøyhamn. The Hurtigruten coastal express boat has service to and from Risøyhamn twice a day. It only has 200 inhabitants enjoying it's lovely scenery and tranquility.

Risøyhamn is a village on the island of Andøya. It lies by the Risøy strait, where a bridge connects Andøya with Hinnøya. Several bird colonies are found close by, including one with at least 160,000 nesting puffins. The area has enormous peat bogs, large cloudberry marshes and coal deposits (not commercially viable). The mine at Ramså is popularly known as ‘the open geology book’. It consists of 300 km thick deposits of sandstone containing coal under layers of sandstone and shale as well as the complete skeletons of ichthyosaurs, enormous fish-like dinosaurs that roamed the area 150 million years ago. The Norwegians arrived much later, and close to Risøyhamn there are found burial mounds as well as the remains of former Iron Age settlements.

Today whale safaris are a major attraction, where you can experience the elegant 20 m long, 40-tonne sperm whales.


A bit to the north you find Andenes with 2,500 inhabitants, dating back to 1300. The town is built around the site of a single huge farm. Fishing has always been the main industry here. When the fishing industry suffered a setback along the coast during the 1600s, Andenes survived as a supply base for Dutch whalers. Risøyhamn has been a trade post since 1777.

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