Vardø : the northernmost fortress on earth
Vardöhus Festnig in Vardø is the northernmost fortress on earth. This tiny village is one of the ports of the Hurtigruten-ships and when-ever they 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 out of the short stay of just 60 minutes in Vardoe.
The entrancefee is 30 NOK, that is just about 3 euros and you have to throw the money into a former bomb next to the entrance
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 !
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 could easily throw stones after invaders trying to climb up the walls.
Vardöhus Festnig is open for visitors:
1 May – 15 September: 0800 – 2100 hrs.
16 September – 30 April: 1000 – 1800 hrs.
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 the gangway for passengers to go ashore and they will also start to unload and load all sorts of goods, cars, different articles from small boxes to giant machineries. In case that you like to see more of the places closeby, you have to book one of their excursions and join the ship again at the next port.
Cars can be taken onboard of a Hurtigruten-ship, when they are not higher than 2,5 meters and not wider than 2,45 meters.
Every day 2 Hurtigruten-ships will come to Vardoe:
The NORTHbound ship will dock only for 15 minutes around 04.15am
and the SOUTHbound ship will stay there between 04.00pm and 05.00pm,
these 60 minutes are enough in order to see what is shown in this page !Related to:
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Arran brochure, Kamøyvær
Kamøyvær is another fishing village, much easier to get to than Bergsfjord, since there is a road which is normally open. The road might close on short notice during winter, though. I was amazed to find such an active fishing village this far north when I visited Kamøyvær in 1983. As you can see from the map in the Arran brochure, the village is protected from the ocean by a fjord, giving the fishermen a snug harbour. The village is situated on Magerøya, a bit north of Honningsvåg. On my last Finnmark trip I did not have a camera, but I am currently going through my brothers slides, and will come back with my own (his) pictures later, he lived in this area in the 1980's, driving the tourist bus to North Cape.Related to:
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My parents, my sister and I visited Bergsfjord in july 1964. At that time my uncle was the head master of the local school. There were two classes: 1st - 4th grade and 5th to 7th grade. From the age of 14 kids had to go to Øksfjord to the boarding school there. Today there is kindergarten and 1st to 10th grade, meaning kids can stay with their parents until they are 16 years old.
The linked page contains more pictures of Bergsfjord.Related to:
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