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A recently abandoned fishing community. Places to see include a local history exhibition and Syltefjord chapel. There are also traces of the ancient hunting culture (5000-6000 years ago).
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.
60 km from Kirkenes is a small village on the Arctic coast. King Oskar II built his stone chapel here in 1869. The beautiful beaches here are very popular with locals and visitors on warm summer days.
On the road to Grense Jakobselv, you pass Storskog border station, Norway’s only official border crossing point to Russia.
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”.
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.
This abandoned fishing village is a cultural heritage site with an intact set of buildings, and is the best-preserved fishing village from pre-war times.
A small, pleasant café and clubhouse outermost on the breakwater.
Picturesque and lively small community with shops, a post office and school approx. 95 km west of Kirkenes.
The fishing village of Båtsfjord is located on the northern side of the Varanger peninsula, and is a true paradise for both deep-sea and inland fishing. Wonderful hiking with several nature reserves and excellent waymarked trails.