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Varanger Tourist Information, Vadsø

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Vadsø has an impressive range of services and cultural activities, with an annual musical festival and numerous cultural events. This was the central area for the Finnish/Kven immigrants in the 19th century, and the stop over site for the two North Pole expeditions.  Vadsø has a world of adventure just waiting for visitors, with outdoors pursuits, hunting and fishing in varying countryside. The Arctic Ocean and the Arctic nature are always close at hand, making their distinctive statements.

> Varanger Museum
Varanger Museum consists of three departments, located along the Varanger Fjord, in Vardø, South Varanger and Vadsø. The museum documents and presents the multicultural history of Norway’s North border area.

> King Crab Safari in Vadsø
Get on board a traditonal fishing boat or a sailboat and have a fabulous day at the king crabs’ kingdom! King crabs can weigh up to 15 kg and on this trip you will be served a delicious meal prepared from this delicacy.

> Birdwatching
Varanger is the world’s easiest accessible arctic birding destination. In Varanger you have the northern taiga, tundra and arctic coastline in one destination. Within a day’s drive, you can experience the pine grosbeaks in the taiga, and see a wide variety of spcies on the tundra of the Varanger peninsula.

> The Oldest Vadsø
Vadsøya Culture Park Here you can see traces of Vadsø’s multi-faceted history, such as the remains of a medieval town, the airship masts from voyages made by Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile, war memorials and a rich bird life. Admission free. Open wooden shelter and barbecue area.

> Bicycling - Bike Varanger
More and more people are choosing to explore Varanger from the saddle on their bicycle. It’s no wonder why, considering the spectacular beauty one can see from the roads, mountains and valleys. The infrastructure in Varanger is excellent and easily accessible . This, combined with low volume traffic on the roads, makes bicycling in Varanger a pleasurable experience.

> Horseback riding
Explore Varanger from the saddle. You will find rides suitable for all experience levels, even for children and beginners. Professional riding instructors will teach you all the necessary skills and provide you with needed safety equipment. In most places, you will even learn how to take care of your horse.

> Fishing and angling
The Varanger region are synonymous with fish. People of Varanger have fished for centuries, and fishing still plays an essential role in our community. Whether by boat or from shore, in a salmon river or in our lakes on the peninsula there are plenty of opportunities to fish in Varanger.

> Arctic Spa & Wellness
Naturally, the Finns brought the sauna or steam bath with them when they came to Varanger in northern Norway. Sauna should be heated suitably, not too hot. After a warm sauna session you can cool down with a icebath in th arctic ocean that is good for your blood circulation. We warmly recommend it!

> Varanger Birdpark
The Birdpark is an privat area of 32000 m2, situated in the arctic birch forest in Vestre Jakobselv – south side of the Varanger Peninsula. The area has feeding stations that attracts WILD birds. The diversity of birds is high – in a concentrated area.

> Hiking Vadsø
Varanger has good, easy hiking terrain suitable for both short and longer walks. There are signposted hiking trails for those who wantto experience the beautiful scenery and also a number of paths and bridleways which you can explore freely.

> Event and festivals
Varangerfestivalen The Varangerfestival is one of the biggest and oldest music festivals in the high north. The festival presents jazz, rock and world music and is the best place to experience the vibrant Arctic music scene live! The festival takes place in week 32 annually.

> Ekkerøy
Ekkerøy is one of the oldest fishing villages in Finnmark. Previously a typical old Sami settlement along the Varangerfjord, Ekkerøy became one of the new «Norwegian» villages.

> Vestre-Jakobselv
The village of Vestre Jakobselv, Ánnejohka, Annijoki, has around 800 inhabitants and is situated in the middle of Varanger. The village is a historic multicultural community, strongly influenced by Kvennish/Finnish settlers.

> Varanger Golf-club
Varanger Golf-club is the easternmost 9-hole golf course in Europe. The club invites you to play golf in the middle of the night, in the light and warmth of the midnight sun. Try a nightly game of «Golf on top of the world» with new friends.

> The National Park Varangerhavøya National Park
The Varanger Peninsula National Park stretches across the Varanger Peninsula between Syltefjord and Varangerfjord. The park was established in 2006 to preserve the most Arctic area of the Norwegian mainland. Special and unique landscapes and topology formed in the Ice Age can be found here, along with flora and fauna with eastern and Arctic features. It is also a key area for Arctic foxes and unique Sami cultural artefacts.

> National Scenic route Varanger
National scenic route Varanger is about the long lines in the landscape as well as the long lines of history. Varanger is perhaps the most exotic stretch. A trip along the route leading to the Arctic Ocean will reveal natural surroundings full of contrasts, and the lunar landscape out towards Hamningberg in many ways feels like this is a journey to the world’s end.


Welcome to Varanger Arctic Norway

In the far north and as far east as you can go in Norway, where the sky meets the sea, lies Varanger, bathed in the midnight sun and the northern lights of winter. Here the wild landscape meanders through bird-nesting cliffs, fishing villages, and rugged headlands – out to the end of the world.
Nature offers rivers teeming with fish, snow-clad plains, exotic king crabs, birds breeding in spring, leaping salmon, the shining sea, and dancing northern lights. People and traditions make Varanger an Arctic melting pot of communities and cultures. Varanger is a different experience. Scenery and settlements, the light, the colours, the lofty sky and wide horizon, exciting activities and the open people.


Explore Varanger Arctic Norway
Activities and experiences in Varanger

> Arctic lights - Arctic Nights
> Aurora Borealis - The Northern Lights
> Endless horizon
> Silence, polar weather and wind
> Bird watching - Birding Varanger
> Hornøya bird cliff
> King crab fishing
> Whale watching safari
> End of Europe Hamningberg
> Diving
> The Varangerfjord
> The Barents Sea
> Museum boats
> Local fishing fleet
> Deep Sea Fishing
> Salmon Rivers
> Sami experiences
> Varjjat Sami Museum
> Mortensnes cultural heritage area
> Vardøhus Fortress
> Nordpol Kro
> Polar history
> Eastern Cape - Kibergnesset
> II War history
> The Partisan Museum
> The Pomor Museum
> Finnish sauna / sauna culture
> Vardø restored
> Varanger Houses
> Old fishing Villages
> Street art
> Art Galleries
> Extreme Botany
> Geology in Arctic landscape
> World-class architecture
> Witch trial memorial - Steilneset
> Varangerhalvøya National Park
> Music festivals
> Culture festivals
> Ski Varanger
> Kiting and windsurfing
> Dog sledding
> National Scenic Route Varanger
> Storm cabins, weather and wind shelters
> Hiking in Varanger
> Biking in Varanger
> Varanger Golfpark
> Minicruise with Havila / Hurtigruten



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