The first-ever underwater restaurant in Northern Europe has just opened...and it might be all of Europe's most amazing dinner date spot. Located in the municipality of Lindesnes, Norway, the restaurant is called Under, and it's the largest underwater restaurant of almost any in the world -- even outdoing the famous Maldives restaurant at the ultra-luxury Hurawalhi resort. Tucked into Norway's southern coast within the Skagerrak strait, this restaurant is already booked solid with thousands of reservations despite having its pre-opening just yesterday.
The absolutely striking architecture almost looks like a crash-landed spacecraft embedded in the icy waters. Diners enter via a walkway and descend eight meters of stairs, taking them down beneath the surface of the water. Inside, the blue glow from the ocean combines with the lighting for a otherworldly dining experience where they're immersed in a marine environment.
The mysterious beings and natural sub-aquatic landscapes are observable through sweeping glass walls, all set up to minimize reflections so that you can savor your meal before a jaw-dropping undersea diarama. Nestled directly into the sea floor, creatures like lobsters, cod, crabs, pollack, and others swim and crawl past. As Kjetil Traedal Thorsen, one of the principle architects, said to the news media: "The big window exposes the underwater not like an aquarium, it’s the real thing."
The restaurant was designed by Snoehetta, the same Norwegian architectural firm that concieved New York City's National September 11 Memorial Museum. The cuisine, not surprsingly, is seafood-heavy and comes with prices to match the scenery -- potentially hundreds of dollars, if you include drinks. But the cuisine is world-class. A dinner here can include 18-course meals with specialties like wild sheep and sea birds, served with the finest alcoholic accompaniments money can buy.
The building's concrete is expected to become a man-made coral reef of sorts, and the construction was made with the roughness of the sea in mind. According to reports, the building could withstand even "the wave of the century," shaped and crafted to be able to take constant beatings from ocean and weather conditions.
If you can afford it, it's now Europe's most desirable honeymoon date spot. Whether or not you've considered undersea dining before, this is one for the romantic getaway bucket list!