Vardø Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Vardø Things to Do

  • Enjoy the Midnight-sun in Vardoe

    In summer it is best to get to Vardoe during the time of the so-called "Midnight-Sun" ! In the Arctic summertime the sun is shining almost all day long and for more than 2 months you will even see the sunlight to never totally disappear and that is the time of the Midnight-Sun. The time of the Midnightsun varies of course and the further north you...

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  • The monument for Fridtjof Nansen

    Behind the only hotel of Vardoe you will find a monument for Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), who was a polar-explorer, winner of the nobelprize and a diplomat. In 1882 he made the first crossing of Greenland on skies and he also made several expeditions to the Arctic by his ship "FRAM" (you can still see and step inside that polarship in Olso)As a...

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  • the church of Vardoe

    The church of Vardoe looks quite unique from the distance and it is a pity that I did not have enough time to get any closer. On the other hand churches are mostly locked in Norway during the day and so I decided to just take a photo from the distance and spend my precious time in Vardoe exploring other places !

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  • there is a park around the fortress

    There is a park around the fortress with some nice decorations and fences. This lovely fence with a great entrancegate was built when the king had visited Vardoe. Inside that park you will find also some interesting buildings covered by grass (see it in my 4th photo!) and there are some old machineries and cannons as well on display.All of these...

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  • the Nordic Lights / Aurora Borealis

    When getting to Vardoe during the winterperiod there is another phenomenon of nature that you certainly shouldnot miss : In order to see the Nordic Lights (also called Aurora Borealis) you need to have a perfect combination of various situations:1) the sky has to be without clouds2) the sky needs to be dark, so you are able to see the reflections...

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  • There is a small village inside of the...

    There is a small village inside of Vardoehus festning, including several houses and even a church. Tourists can walk on top of the small churchtower in order to have a great view. You will find several old cannons there as well. The first fortification was built there in the 13th century but Vardoehus festning as you see it nowadays dates back to...

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  • The walls of Vardoehus festning

    The walls of Vardoehus festning are not really very high, but they are made of solid rocks and covered by grass. For "freeclimbers" of today it would not be a big problem to get over these walls but for the old knights it still might have been a problem and of course the fortress had guards as well watching out for enemies approaching and they...

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  • The museum inside of Vardoehus festnig

    There is an interesting museum inside of Vardoehus festnig and it is showing old uniforms, documents and my favorite exhibit there was the winter-cannon, fixed on a sled instead of wheels. There is a small souvenir-shop in that museum as well and most of the exhibits are explained with norwegian, english and german inscriptions !

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  • The northernmost fortress on earth

    Vardöhus Festnig"The northernmost fortress on earth"is the most important attraction of the tiny village of Vardoe and when-ever the Hurtigrutenship will get there during the southbound cruise from Kirkens to Bergen someone will wait there at the port and walk with you to that old fortress, so you will not miss it and will be able to make the best...

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  • quiet village and old fortress

    Nice and quiet village in Vardo. There is a old fortress in Vardo and you can go visit it.It is nice to walking through and stand on the wall of the fortress, they also have some canons and small museum. I only had 1 hour there, before ship of Hurtigruten was going on, but it was very nice there.

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  • The island of Hornøy

    The island of Hornøy is actually the main attraction here, so I believe. It is mainly for the bird watchers and on the right season it can be rather crowded island.

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  • The sea

    Vardø is an island, of course the best thing here is the sea and the best you can do is to take a small boat and sail to the other islands around.

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Vardø Restaurants

  • Cafe Narvesen

    If you just want a quick coffee in Vardø, like everywhere in Norway you can just go to Narvesen kiosk or shop, and get a fresh good cup of coffee. It is take away and you can also drive with it.

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  • Asia Burger Cafe

    Asia Burger was recommended for us and it was surely good option for a quick and nice meal after spending the whole day running after the puffins.

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Vardø Transportation

  • To Vardoe by Hurtigruten

    The Hurtigruten-ships are a great way to get to Vardoe and their ships will dock directely in the centre of Vardoe.Hurtigruten is NOT a real cruise-line but rather a post-ship with cabins.In both directions the ships will stop there, but only during the southbound voyage you have enough time to explore this interesting village. The ship will open...

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  • Boat

    You probably can get to Vardø by boat as well, as I came by car, I only used the local boat to get to the little island of Hornøy.

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  • Drive

    Even that it is actually an island, you can get to Vardø by car as there is tunnel under to sea. Here is my car in front of the B&B

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Vardø Local Customs

  • throw the money into that bomb-shell

    This old bomb-shell or sea-mine is used nowadays for collecting the entrance-fee for the museum of the fortress, you simply thrown in your money there before you enter the fortress through the main gate, that is really a funny way to save the money that a real ticket-office with employees would normally cost !

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  • This part of Norway have...

    This part of Norway have always had strong relations with Russia. Earlier it was the socalled Pomor trade, nowadays russian fishing boats often visit and there are many russian immigrants living in the area. The place Kiberg a few kilometers outside Vardø used to be called 'Lille Moskva'. ('Little Moscow').PHOTO: A RUSSIAN MONUMENT IN KIBERG.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Vardø Warnings and Dangers

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    by Gili_S Written Jun 27, 2007

    The only danger I could think of here is the pigeons and seagulls droppings, so be careful where you sit or take your breaks.

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Vardø What to Pack

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    by Narviking Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dont expect to find tropical temperatures in Vardø !
    However the warmest ever recorded in Vardø is 27C while in winter it seldom drop below -10C although days with even below -15C do happens from time to time. Because of its cool climate there is only one tree in Vardø. In order to keep it alive it is coverd by rugs in winter and then 'undressed' when summer arrives ! PHOTO: VARDØS ONLY TREE.

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Vardø Off The Beaten Path

  • Hamningberg

    We did not have the time to visit Hamningberg this time, but hey, it is only about 1500 km from my home, I can visit there next time ;-)

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  • If you visit Vardø you should...

    If you visit Vardø you should also make a trip to Hamningberg, a small village just outside the town.The nature along the road between Vardø and Hamningberg is very interesting

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    by Gili_S Written Jun 27, 2007

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    Favorite thing: There is useful tourist info in the city just by the harbour, here you can book and buy boat ticket to get to the bird island of Hornøy.

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