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Accommodation Vadsø: Modern hotel located in the centre of Vadsø. Vadsø is the capital of Finnmark and is known as the Finn city of Vadsø due to the great amount of Finnish immigration in the mid-18th century. Vadsø is also known for its rich cultural life and Varanger has several festivals a year. In recent years, the king crab has come into the Varanger fjord, resulting in crab fishing becoming become very attractive for visitors.
Sandøybotn at Sørøya is the perfect place for those who seek peace and quiet in spectacular surroundings. In addition to accomodation there are possibilities to fish, hike, rent a canoe or simply enjoy the beautiful nature. This is definitely off the beaten track! To get to Sandøybotn you have to go by boat from Hammerfest to Lotre, and take a bus to Sandøybotn from there.
Kiberg Kiberg has played a vital role in North Norway’s contact with the East: Pomor trade (frontier trade with Russia), Russian fish marketing and partisan activities. A culture trail leads from the partisan museum, through the fishing village and up to “Fort Kiberg’ on Kibergnesset point. The Partisan Museum is open daily between 1 Jun and 31 Aug from 08.00-18.00.
For thousands of years people have followed the movement of animals and the seasonal rhythms in the Arctic landscape. Footprints are few. SALT is inspired by and moves in that same Arctic landscape with care and respect.
The Scandic Vadso is a First Class modern styled property comprising of 68 modern fully equipped rooms built over 4 floors with a la carte Restaurant and bar. Free outdoor parking is also available.
Erected in 1977 in memory of the large Finnish/Kven immigration to Norwegian Lapland in the 19th century, giving Vadsø the nickname “the Kven capital”.
Visit Vardø, the gateway to the North-east Passage and the Barents Sea – and Norway’s only town in the Arctic climate zone. Vardø has a fascinatingly varied history as the oldest town in North Norway; the oldest fishing village in Norwegian Lapland, a fortress town, the centre for the Pomor trade between North Norway and Russia, and the centre for medieval witch hunts. Vardø is also a millennium site, marked by the seaside promenade, the Brodtkorbsjåene buildings and the cultural trail to historical attractions at Steilneset. Commerce: Fishing, services and ever-increasing tourism. Vardø has delightful landscapes, an exciting climate and wonderfully friendly inhabitants. The town’s many festivals reflect the seasons – the Blues festival in the dark season, the wintertime snowball fight festival, the lively summer markets and Michaelmas in the autumn.
Welcome to Vadsø – where the sky is high and the horizon wide – by the powerful Arctic Ocean. This is home to the exotic king crab and close to 100 species of bird in a beautiful, colourful and vital countryside.
Exhibition on Hurtigrute quay, Vadsøya, on fishing in the Varangerfjord and the airships, «Norge» and «Italia» on their expeditions to the North Pole in 1926 and 1928.
Opening hours 20 May-30 Sept 07.30-08.15 (arrival of Hurtigrute boat) – at other times on request.