Finnmark Things to Do

  • Church roof and houses
    Church roof and houses
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  • At the North Cape
    At the North Cape
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  • Inland Sámi home
    Inland Sámi home
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Finnmark Things to Do

  • Hammerfest

    Hammerfest is the northernmost town on earth ! Of course there are lots of villages on earth that are further north but Hammerfest is the northernmost TOWN ! All of the town looks very modern and there is a sad reason for that : In the very last days of WW II the german troups, who had occupied Hammerfest during the war, left this place and burned...

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  • Kirkenes

    The town of Kirkenes is flat, easy to walk through and also easy to walk to from the Hurtigrutenship to the towncentre, that is in a distance of just some hundreds of meters.There is also a viewpoint, from where i took my photos,and there are some nice villas on that hill as well. It is a pity that I spent all of my time up there in the bus and on...

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  • The Jet-d'eau in Kirkenes

    The Jet-d'eau of Kirkenes looks a bit deplaced out on a lake and surrounded only by empty landscapes, but all citizens of Kirkenes seem to be very proud of it and this is why it is also shown on each and every sightseeingtour there. I think we had been told as well, that it the Jet d'eau also does not run all day long, but only for a restricted...

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  • visit the russian border from Kirkenes

    Hurtigruten offers an excursion to the russian border, you will see a bit of the landscape plus this very special point at the border that had a lot more sense to go to in the times of the Cold War of course. It was a nice excursion, but you will miss to see the town of Kirkenes, except for a few minutes, when you are driven through some roads.I...

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  • The North Cape

    The North Cape, or in Norwegian Nordkapp, claims to be the most northerly point on Europe’s mainland, although in fact it is on an island connected to the mainland by a tunnel, and a point a little to the west in any case juts a little further north into the sea – go figure! But whatever the facts, this is a wild and remote spot and well worth...

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  • Excursions from the MS Nordlys

    Although originally intended as ferries, the Hurtigruten ships have for several decades now operated also as cruise ships, albeit quite low-key ones, and consequently offer a range of excursions from each of the major ports at which they call. A brochure in your cabin will describe them all, and you can book the ones you fancy at the tour desk on...

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  • Kirkenes Snowhotel

    The other excursion we did from the Hurtigruten ship was a visit to the Snowhotel in Kirkenes. The hotel is just a short ride from the town (I was surprised at how close it was, in fact, as I’d imagined it to be in the depths of the country) and can be visited for a tour, so if you are curious about such places but have no wish to sleep in such...

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  • Kirkenes

    When we left the Snowhotel, our bus took a circuitous route back to the ship so that we could see a little of Kirkenes. The town does not have a lot of character, perhaps, but I rather liked the cosy-looking wooden houses snuggled down in the snow. Our guide explained that nearly every building in town was relatively new, as Kirkenes had suffered...

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  • Hammerfest

    When the MS Nordlys docked in Hammerfest we could have taken a short excursion, but we decided instead to explore on our own. We were only here for a couple of hours, but as the Hurtigruten port is right in the centre of town we were able to maximise our time ashore. The main place we visited, on the recommendation of the tour leader on the ship,...

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  • Hammerfest Reconstruction Museum

    Like Kirkenes, Hammerfest was heavily bombed during the Second World War and looted and burned to the ground by the occupying Nazi forces. The Reconstruction Museum tells the story of those difficult times and of the town’s subsequent recovery. The first section tells the story of life here during the war. In 1944 the occupying Nazi forces in this...

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  • The mast for the airships

    About 1 km from the town Vadsø you can still see the original mast, where the norwegian and italian airships have docked for the last time, before leaving the european continent and flying to the Northpole. But that will too far away for you, when you arrive by Hurtigruten in Vadsø .But instead you can take a look at various photos in the museum in...

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  • The airship-museum of Vadsö / Vadsø

    Vadsø / Vadsoe used to be the last place on the european continent, where the airships, leaving for the North Pole made a stop to fill up their tanks and provisions.About 1 km from the town you can still see the mast, where the airships have docked, but that will too far away for you, when you arrive by Hurtigruten in Vadsø .So take a look into...

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  • Vadsø kirke : the church of Vadsoe

    I had to take a second look before I was sure, that is not a silo or a shed, but a church: Vadsø kirke / the church of Vadsoe was built in 1958 by the architect Magnus Poulsson and it has 480 seats.You will be able to see the church from a big distance from the Hurtigruten-ships, like I did, BUT it will be too far away to walk there in the 30...

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  • The gondola of Umberto Nobile's airship...

    This is the first exhibit that you will see, when you walk into the airship-museum in the port of Vadsoe: The replica of the gondola of Umberto Nobile's Airship "Italia".No entrancefee to be paid in that museum, but donations are welcome and the most time of the year the museum will also be open just when the Hurtigruten-ship will be docked there...

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  • The midnightsun

    Summertime is certainly the very best time to visit Norway and you will also be able to enjoy a great natural phenomenon:the so-called "Midnight-Sun" ! In the Arctic summertime the sun is shining almost all day long, day and night.For about 2 months you will see the sun to never totally disappear and that is the time of the Midnight-Sun. The time...

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  • Aurora Borealis : The Nordic Lights

    Travelling to Norway in order to watch the Nordic Lights is a great idea, especially in wintertime. The Nordic Lights are also called Aurora Borealis and it is a very special natural phenomenon that you can watch mainly in wintertime and you need to have a perfect combination of various situations all at the same time:1) the sky has to be without...

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  • The Northcape: the northernmost...

    The Northcape could be called the northernmost touristtrap, but I would recommend that you visit it anyway: The Northcape / Nordkap is the very northern end of Europe - at least it was believed to be untill someone found out that the real northernmost place is a bit further and quite hard to go there, so they sticked to the wrong place they call...

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  • Alta

    Alta is a small city in between the mountain by the fjord. It has great nature around and an interesting Nordic museum.

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  • Langaard House

    Even that this is the far north the housing and construction is still the standard and typical Norwegian. Here is a sample of a house in Langaard.

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  • Fjord view

    This is a typical view of the fjord when the water is low, the fishing boats are almost on the dry ground and the dark clouds promising of more rain. This photo were taken in Langaard

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  • The Tundra

    The area is what called tundra, it is frozen in the winter and muddy in the summer, the winter here can be of 10 months and you never know how soon or quick it is going to be snowing again.

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  • Kirkenes

    There are many different activities offered in Kirkenes. Like reindeer safari, snow hotel, visit to the military tower, snowmobiling, climbing, diving, lavvu, sledding, deep sea rafting, riverboat safari, dog sledding, king crab fishing and other adventures.You can also visit the russian frontier and even go on daytrips to Russia. Pasvikdalen is a...

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  • Hornøya

    Hornøya is a small island just by Vardø, It is also known as the Bird Island and very popular site for birdwatchers.

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  • Kirkenes

    Kirkenes is small city in the far North-East of Norway, it is the largest in the area so basically it is the place to get dry and pick up your needed supply before hitting the road further into the wilderness.

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  • Sør-Varanger

    This is the most North-East part of Norway. This region is total tundra climate and you can even expect to have snow in the summer, but not real too cold I would say.

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  • Vardø

    Vardø is located in the far North-East of Norway. It is unique place with its climate, in the summer of course you have 24 hours day light, and in one day you can have summer and winter weather.

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  • Hammerfest

    This is the largest city here in the north and I think that Hammerfest is actually the most Nordic city in the world, but I am not sure. Anyhow, be sure to visit here.

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  • Kautokeino Kirke

    The nice wooden church of Kautokeino was built by Sweden in 1701 and burnt down by Germans in the autumn of 1944 during the Second World War. The church was rebuilt in 1958 by architect Finn Bryn. The church is one of the most important church of the Finnmark Region expecially during the Easter.

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  • Kautokeino Museum

    The Kautokeino Museum give you and idea on a traditional Sami village rebuilt in the grass in front of the museum. Here you can see the tradiotional houses, the sauna, the kitchen and much more. In the museum there is a very interesting collection of Sami artcrafts and objects which come from the daily life. Very interesting!!!

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  • Kautokeino

    Kautokeino is the southernmost municipality of Finnmark and with its 9704 km², it is the largest municipality in Norway. Kautokeino is famous as a cultural center. Easter is the traditional time when Sámis gather from all over the place, to participate in weddings, confimations, and of course, the Sámi Easter Festival. During the summer time there...

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  • Karasjok

    The town of Karasjok is located on the north of Norway, on the border with Finland.Karasjok has recorded the coldest temperature ever in Norway: -51.4C on January 1., 1886. The warmest temperature ever recorded in the summer is 32.4°C.The town is the Norway capital of the Sami people, infact 80% of the population is Sami speaking. Here is the seat...

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  • Stabbursnes Naturreservat

    Stabbursnes Naturreservat is a National Reserve that you find along the E69, in the north of the town of Lakselv. The Reserve is located in a nice place on the Porsangenfjorden and this is a good place if you like to do birdwatching.

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  • Honningsvåg

    Honningsvåg is situated at a bay on the southern side of Magerøya island, while the famous North Cape and its visitors center is on the northern side. It is a port of call for cruise ships, especially in the summer months. Here you can find a museum and some hotels.More information on my NordKapp page.

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  • Nordkapphallen

    NordKapp is the northernmost point of Europe, located at 71°10′21″N, 25°47′40″E.Everybody think that this is the northest point of Europe, but it is false because the the neighbouring point Knivskjellodden is actually some 1,500 metres further north. The NordKapp was named by English explorer Richard Chancellor in 1553 and...

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  • Reindeers

    One of the best things you can see along the road toward NordKapp are the reindeers!!! There are a lot of them on the borders of the road and sometimes they cross it suddently, so you must pay attention when you seen them!!!

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  • Mageroya

    Following the road toward Nordkapp, suddently appear the island of Mageroya. On the island is located Nordkapp and it is one of the main attraction of Norway.

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  • Hammerfest

    The small town of Hammerfest is located at 70.664° N 23.69° E and it claims to be northernmost town in the world with more than 5000 inhabitants. The town is also the oldest one in North Norway: it received the title of town on 17th July 1789 by the Danish King Kristian VII. Hammerfest was the first town in North Europe to use electricity to light...

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  • The road toward Hammerfest

    From Alta, following the road E6 toward Nordkapp, the scenary became very monotone: you pass in the middle of the tundra with many nice small lakes, some yellow flowers and reindeers. Turning right on RV94 toward Hammerfest the scenary became more interesting: here you can see a very nice landscape characterized by fjords, mountains and bridges.

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  • Alta Museum: Rock Carvings

    Little by little the sea level went down people realized the rock carvings more lower. All the carvings are red (which probably was the original coluor) and there is a path 3 Km long which allow you to see and admire these carvings. You can see hunting peopl, animals, women, men, ships and reinders.A wonderful journey in our history!!!!

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  • Alta Museum

    Alta Museum is famous for its rock carvings, dating from circa 4200 BC to 500 BC, which are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. In the area of the the musuem there are about 3000 rock carvings dating from the Stone Ages to the Iron Ages (6000 - 2500 years ago). The rock carving are located on a wide area and there are many levels of them.

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  • Kvaenangenfjorden

    Following the E6 toward Alta, suddently appear a wondeful landscape of the Kvaenangenfjorden. If you want to see it very well there is a Sami restaurant which has got a good view point!!

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  • Koppangsbreen Glacier

    Along the E6 toward Alta, after the village of Olderdalen, you can see on your left this glacier. Near it there are some other glaciers, like the Strupbreen Glacier, all located in the Lyngen Peninsula. They are fantastic!!!

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  • Lyngen Alps

    Lyngen Alps are one of the most interesting mountains of the region. There you can see many glaciers in a wonderful landscape. If you want to see them you must take the road toward Breivikeidet about 10 Km far from Tromso When you reach Breivikeidet there is ferry which cross the Ullsfjorden and carry you in the Lyngen Peninsula. Driving head you...

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  • Tromso

    The town of Tromso is home of the world's northernmost university, brewery and botanical garden. The town is located about 350 km north of the Arctic It is located in a wonderful place and it has got some interesting building that you can see like the Polarmuseet, Tromsdalen Kirke and Storstein from where you can have a wonderful wiev over the...

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  • Eastern and south-eastern Finnmark

    I have never been east of Honningsvåg, and have only driven across Finnmarksvidda once. There is a lot more to explore in those areas, and in this tip I will be collecting links to interesting information both for my own benifit and for others who are planning a Finnmark Journey.Finnmark Snowmobile Safari (norwgian only)Gargia Fjellstue (norwegian,...

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