The Varanger National Tourist Route
The Varanger Tourist Road
starts at the bottom of the Varanger fjord and ends at Hamningberg. The distance between Varangerbotn and Vardø is the
last stretch of the E-75 which starts on the the island Crete in the Mediterranean, and ends in Vardø.
The Varanger road continues from Vardø to Hamningberg through strange mountain formations.
Read more about this national tourist road
The Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende run an article about roadside toilets. In the article the author said that the
Gornitak roadside toilet is among finest and most expensive toilets
. Not everyone puts so much work into a toilet project
as does the highway authority (Statens vegvesen).
Part of the Gornitak Varanger toilet is in a restored German war remains munitions storehouse from World War II. The nearest stone
part in picture
The project is designed by architect Margrete Friis and lanscape architects Berg & Dyring.
(All photos: Olav E. Johansen)
At the starting point of the Varanger road we find the excellent
Varanger Sami Museum
Varanger Sami Museum offers different exhibitons during the year. The main exhibit is the "The Coastal Sami".
The museum also has the Nesseby
office with a variety of good
literature about the Varanger area.
is one of the oldest churches in Finnmark.
The Cultural Heritage Area Ceavccageaðge
at Mortensnes is one of the richest and most characteristic cultural heritage sites in Scandinavia.
Trails with informative signposts lead to the different parts, which show continuous settlement thousands of years back until our day.
There are traces of Stone Age settlements, Sami sacrificial sites and graves.
For guiding, please contact the Varanger Samiske Museum in advance (see link above).
Vadsø is the administrative center of Finnmark county. We could also call it the Norwegian
capital of the Kven people of Varanger
The picture below shows a traditional Kven building. They built the dwelling and the barn together.
At Vadsø you can visit the Vadsø Museum which is also the
official Kven museum
On the small island Vadsøya you can visit the nature and cultural park with remains of a 16th century Russian cemetery,
the airship mast from the North Pole expeditions of Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile.
There are even some World War II memorials and other cultural memorials.
The island has a rich bird life.
Left picture is from a midsummer eve celebration at the Sirkka farm in Vadsø
As you go towards Vardø you pass small villages with populations descending from Finnish immigrants of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Let's mention places like Salttjern, Golnes, Ekkerøy, Krampenes and Skallelv.
is famous for its bird cliffs.
Ekkerøy is ideal for
At Ekkerøy there are also German war remains
on the peninsula.
The Kiberg fishing village comes before the Domen mountain crossing.
At Kiberg the are many war remains
from a World War II German coastal fortress.
The Partisan Museum
is open during summer.
The museum is dedicated to the Norwegian partisans
that opposed the Germans during World War II and supplied the Allies with information of military significance.
Vardø is known for its witch burnings
. At Steilneset (left picture) there is a memorial to the 91 persons convicted of sorcery and burnt at the
stake in Finnmark County.
The Vardø museum is at Lushaugen in a three story sandstone building.
In this map
you'll find the different departments of the museum.
At Vardø you'll also find the medieval Vardøhus fortress
The town has also become famous because of all the cats that create problems for the people there.
The last stretch of the tourist road is from Vardø to Hamningberg (in Båtsfjord municipality) about 40 km from Vardø,
crossing a barren landscape. In some areas along the road the shale rises up in strange formations.
Picture shows nice sculpture that welcomes you to Hamningberg.
Read more about Hamningberg
Varangerhalvøya national park
of the national park area which is in these
: Nesseby, Båtsfjord, Vardø and Vadsø.
Read more about the other national parks
You may even want to read a little about national parks in:
Read also about Finnish Lapland
Read also about Swedish Lapland
Read about Lapland section of E-6 Alta-Kirkenes
Read about Lapland section of E-75 Simo-Vardo
Further information about the Varanger area
The best overall information about the Varanger tourist road area is undoubtedly in here
Here you can see at a glance what is new, or what is changed/updated on Lapland Travel Info.
We hope this is useful for you.