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The village of Andenes (approx. 2,600 inhabitants in 2009) is the administrative center of Andøy municipality in Nordland county, located north of Andøya in the archipelago of Vesterålen. There has been archaeological evidence that people have been living on Andøya since the Stone Age.
The Norwegian Air Force has a larger base at Andenes – Andøya air station. It is under NATO Command – and is one of the key enterprises in Andøya. Otherwise, there is also space science and auroral research in the near – in association with Andøya Rocket Range.
In addition to beautiful scenery – and the midnight sun in summer months – has Andenes a number of sights to show off: Whale Centre (with exhibits about whales and whale research), the Polar Museum (hunting and fishing museum), Hisnakul (with historical exhibits related to the human face of natural elements) and the Northern Lights Centre (popular science) – all in or near the center of Andenes.
Andøya Airport, which is co-located with Andøya Air Station, is a small civilian airport with daily flights to Tromsø and Bodø. Otherwise call at hurtigruta Andøya (Risøyhamn) both going north and south.