The under experience…

Published on March 30th, 2018

When finished in March of 2019, under will emerge as the underwater restaurant the world has never seen.

“It´s somewhat crazy, but at the same time, it´s strange that nobody has done it before us”, says Gaute Ubostad.  

“The project is the perfect mix of madness and reason. It is important to be a bit fearless in order to create something this spectacular,” says Gaute Ubostad, initiator and co-owner of under.  

When he and his brother Stig Ubostad in 2014 bought Lindesnes Havhotell, they had already considered the wealth of opportunities awaiting them just outside the hotel lobby.    

Located on the southernmost tip of Norway, under is surrounded by a rugged and spectacular landscape where sprays of salt water often blow far beyond the rooftops.

So, when the world´s largest underwater restaurant opens in March of 2019, it is dimensioned and constructed to withstand the roughest elements the weather gods have to offer.  

“The scenery and surroundings here give the restaurant an extra dimension. It makes the experience even more exotic and unique to its visitors. Even the travel to the restaurant is rare and breathtaking” he says.


Ambitious goals
The goal is to wine and dine 10-15,000 guests yearly, which is a significant number when considering the Lindesnes municipality only consists of 5000 inhabitants.  However, during the summer season this number is admittedly multiplied, but the Ubostad-brothers aren´t limiting their guests to local visitors. They plan to welcome foodies from all across the globe to their unique restaurant - quality is therefore essential.  

“To become the global attraction we want to be, we must deliver an exclusive, quality experience. That is why we work closely with top skilled specialists within the fields of building technology, marine biology and gastronomy. We are also proud of the fact that the recognized architecture bureau Snøhetta, is responsible for our design”, Gaute Ubostad continues.


50 million NOK
The project is estimated to cost 50 million NOK, much of the funding comes from the brothers themselves, in addition to a few other key investors. It is important to note that the project has also received significant funding from Lindesnes municipality, the county and from State resources.

“It´s a relief that the project is fully funded, and that the construction is in progress,” Gaute Ubostad says.  

The mayor of Lindesnes municipality, Janne Fardal Kristoffersen, is among his group of supporters.  

“This is a unique and very valuable project, not only for Lindesnes municipality, but also for the tourism industry in Norway at large. I am very impressed by the courage and implementation capacity the Ubostad-brothers have shown, and I don´t doubt for a second that under will be a very popular attraction”, she says.


One of a kind…
There are a few underwater restaurants in the world, two of the most famous are located in the Maldives and in Dubai. But there are none situated in such rugged surroundings as the one in Lindesnes. Thus, under is a pioneer!  

“It is unique, and we believe it will catch the eye of many worldwide. It is our aim to make it possible for guests from all around the world to come visit the restaurant and its breathtaking surroundings. And since under is situated right next to Lindesnes Havhotell, the hotel will become an important part of the complete experience we offer our guests”.


Observe the underwater world while dining…
The restaurant will seat up to one hundred guests, depending on whether guests are there as a private party or for individual dining. Bookings for the restaurant will be made available up to a half year in advance.  

Head chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard, is the award winning Danish chef, who will be creating the set menu, consisting of approximately fifteen to eighteen different servings.  

When visiting under, guests will be welcomed on the entrance level, before being hosted in the cocktail lounge, which is on the mezzanine level of the structure. From there, they will be led down to the lower level, where the spectacular restaurant is situated.  During the meal, the guests will be able to take in the underwater world, courtesy of the large panoramic window.  

“Our goal is to become one of the most unique experiences in the world; combining cutting edge marine biology, never before seen architecture and an un-paralleled gastronomic experience. It is a tough goal, but then again, it is quite exotic to enjoy an unforgettable dining experience five and a half meters below sea level”, concludes Gaute Ubostad.

metres below sea level