Europe's First Underwater Restaurant Opens In Norway
Europe's first underwater restaurant opened in Norway on Wednesday with more than 7,000 customers booked in to eat among the fish.
Situated on the southern tip of Norway, the restaurant looks like a large concrete tube partly submerged in the North Sea. It is called Under, which also means "wonder" in Norwegian.
It was designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snoehetta, which also created the Opera house in Oslo and the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York.
Entering Under initially feels like going into a sauna, as wooden planks cover its upper section, but an eight-metre flight of stairs leads down to a large dining area that sits about 40 guests, walled by a gigantic transparent window to the ocean.
Snoehetta's founder Kjetil Traedal Thorsen said the construction can cope with very harsh weather and is shaped in such a way that it can withstand what he called "the wave of the century".
The restaurant is laid out so there are minimal reflections in the glass wall, which fills the room with natural light during the day, filtered by the greenish colour of the water.
A full 18-course meal, based on local ingredients and seafood, can cost up to 3,700 crowns (430 U.S dollars) per person including drinks.
Under opens on Wednesday for friends and family of the owners and the first paying guests will be able to visit from early April.
There are only a handful of underwater restaurants around the world, mainly found in tropical waters like the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.