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Vardø


Vardø in Norway Vardø municipality coat of arms

Population:
2,128

Areal:
600,3 km2


Vardø Local Directory


Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Vardø

Vardø is the gateway to the North-East passage and Barentshavet. Vardø muncipality has approximately 2.200 inhabitants and covers a area of 600,3 km2. Vardø town is the only town in Norway situated in arctic climate zone, this means that the average temperature per mounth exceeds 10 degrees celcius. This of course means a lot for vegetasjon and animal life. The worlds most northern fortress village. One of Norways oldest townstatus from 1789. Vardø is Norway´s north-easternmost town. Traditionally a vibrant fishing community, the town´s population halved between the 1960s and 2000s.

The summer is traditionally the big touristseason in Vardø and Finnmark County. This is not strange as the sun shines all day and night, people hav no time to sleep and nature shows itself from it`s best side. You should also consider a visit during the time of darkness. Dark period from 21. november to 21. january. Midnight sun from 18. may to 28. july. The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures.

Fishing and seafood processing remain Vardø´s major sources of income, although tourism is starting to become an important economic factor. The mountain Domen lies on the shore of the Varanger Peninsula. South of that mountain lies the small Kibergneset peninsula where the village of Kiberg is located. The town lies on the island of Vardøya, which is surrounded by a few smaller islands. Hornøya is one of those islands. It lies to the northeast of Vardøya and it is the site of Vardø Lighthouse. The mouth of the Varangerfjorden lies along the eastern coast of the municipality. The island is connected to the mainland via the undersea Vardø Tunnel. The town's Vardø Airport and the settlement of Svartnes are located on the mainland opposite the tunnel entrance.

Vardø gets wind from all directions, waves splashing over boats and dock, snow in large amounts and in clear weather a truly fantastic nothern light. If you like skiing and ice fishing you should visit Vardø in April. The sun has began to warm the landscape and there is still a lot of snow left.

17. July 1789 King Christian Vll of Denmark / Norway signed the document that gave Vardø rights. The town celebrated its 200 year jubilee in 1989. Vardø has a very good and easily availabie hiking terrain accessible directly from the freeway. Good possibilities to combine hiking and fishing in different fishing waters around the Varangerhalvøy.

In the summer of 2012, Vardø hosted the urban art event Komafest, where 12 international artists painted tens of the town's abandoned houses in a three-week period. The event was curated by noted Norwegian urban artist Pøbel. Because of the population decline, Vardø was left with many empty buildings in various stages of disrepair. Pøbel wanted to organize a larger scale continuation of the Getto spedalsk project, where he and collaborator Dolk painted abandoned buildings in at the Lofoten islands.

GLOBUS II

Since 1998, the town has housed a radar installation called Globus II. Its official purpose is the tracking of space junk; however, due to the site´s proximity to Russia, and an alleged connection between the Globus II system and US anti-missile systems, the site has been the basis for heated controversy in diplomatic and intelligence circles.

HORNØYA

Norways most eastern nature preseration area for seabirds, breeding ground. Reference area for the development of the limited areas to travel in, only specific areas may be used. (for transportaiton).

HAMNINGSBERG

This road is an experience to travel on with it´s mountain landscape, an attraction in it self. On the way to the aboundoned fishing village at Hamningsberg you can see geological traces of the earths crust movements, the icemass work under the different iceages, former and shoreline and soon. Hamningberg is Europes ending point towards the north.

VARDØ HEKSA

A village of the witches, where you can see, amongst other things, "The Devils cave" situated under the Witch mountain, "Domen". The witches met the "Devil" in the cave and on "Domen" where they held seanced together. This happend during the dark period of the middleages. The largest witchhunt in Norway went on around Vardøhus festning. From 1621-1692, around 80 women were executed by burning at the stake.

VARDØHUS FORTRESS

Vardøhus Festning, the worlds most nothern fortress, still in use. Now it has no militairy purpose but an exiting story to tell. Vardøhus Festning is home to two rowan trees which are diligently nurtured and warmed in winter since these trees cannot normally survive in Vardø´s cold climate, north of the Arctic tree line. Originally, seven trees were planted in 1960; the one that survived managed to blossom twice, in 1974 and 1981. The tree finally succumbed to cold weather in 2002, but two new saplings have been planted in its place.

VARDØ MUSEUM

Main exhibition on Lushaugen, a peculiar stone bulding right outside of center of Vardø. The exhibition is marked by nature- and cultural history form Vardø and the surronding area.

VARDØ CHURCH

The first church in Vardø was inaugurated in 1307. The present church, the forth one built, was inaugurated in 1958.

VARANGERHALVØYA NATIONAL PARK

The Park is approximately 1.804 km2. Established in in 2006 in the municipalities of Båtsfjord, Nesseby, Vadsø and Vardø.

The area gave the name to the Varangian glaciation episode. A large part of this peninsula, including the town Vardø located on an island just east of the mainland, has an arctic tundra climate. However, on the south coast, including the town Vadsø, there is sufficient summer heat for birch trees to grow.

The landscape is formed before the Ice Age, when the entire country was covered by ice. The ice have marked the landscape whith a quite unique landscape forms. The flora and fauna have species from the Arctic and East Sibir (Russia).

Sami culture and tradition has left behind a wealth of traces and stories linked to the region. In old Sami culture, plants, animals and places all possessed souls and had considerable significance for day-to-day life.

COASTAL STEAMER (HURTIGRUTA)

The World´s Most Beautiful Voyage is a voyage like no other. Nothing can compare with it. Nothing about this journey will resemble anything you have ever experienced before. A ticket for the Coastal Steamer is a ticket to the theatre, an 11-day drama in which new acts constantly unfold all around you. See the pictures from the Coastal Steamer taken by one of our passengers.

MIDNIGHT SUN

We have the Midnight Sun in our region from 20th May - 20th July. During this period, the sun stays above the horizon, and it is light 24 hours a day. The sky must be clear and there must be unobstructed visibility northwards in order to see the Midnight Sun. A summer night on the fjord or in the mountains is an experience not to be missed, you can go fishing in the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, or you can take a walk in the wilderness surrounding.

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Aurora Borealis is the Latin name for the Northern Lights – solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole. The Northern Lights are only visible when the sky is dark and clear, from August to April, and they are most intense from 10 pm to midnight. The region on the 700 northern latitude is a fantastic place for experiencing the beautiful and intense play of colours given off by the Northern Lights.

POLAR NIGHT

The dark time, or the long, dark Polar Night, lasts from 30th November - 12th January - there is only a twilight-dusk type of light (the blue light) for a few hours during the middle of the day. This does not mean that it becomes totally dark, however. The aurora borealis trails its multicoloured banner across the sky and the moon lights the scene just like the nightlight of Our Lord. The experience of the winter with the uniqueness of the light, the northern lights and snow is fantastic. Especially beautiful is the blue light southwards, just before it becomes dark.

FISHING

Komagværelva, is one of Norways best fishing river when it comes to fishing for salmon and the many ashing waters and trout. Just make sure that you have paid the fishing license.

Seafishing in Barentshavet for coalfish and zo cod is an overwheling experience for those who have never met the ocean before. Sea fishermen who want larger fishes such as halibut have excellent conditions an hour walk form Vardø. If you are lucky you can even see seals or small whales.

In the sea around Vardø the conditions for diving are incredible. Due to small amounts of plankton the water are incredibly clear. The only way you will get clearer water is if you travel to the Caribbean.

GOLF

Golfclubs in Finnmark.