Attractions

Top Choice Monument in Vardø

Steilneset Memorial

This stunning monument, a collaboration between French artist Louis Bourgeois and Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, is dedicated to the 91 people executed for witchcraft and sorcery in 17th-century Vardø. Zumthor's bea…
Top Choice Church in Eastern Finnmark

Nesseby Church

Along one of the prettiest stretches of the E75 (a designated National Scenic Route; see www.nasjonaleturistveger.no), the lovely white church of Nesseby sits far out on the shoreline against the dramatic backdrop o…
Historic Site in Vadsø

Luftskipsmasta

This oil-rig-shaped airship mast on Vadsø island was built in the mid-1920s as an anchor and launch site for airborne expeditions to the polar regions. The expedition of Roald Amundsen, Umberto Nobile and Lincoln El…
Historic Site in Eastern Finnmark

Ceavccageadge

At Mortensnes, on the E75, about 15km east of Varangerbotn, you can stroll towards the shore amid traces of early Sami culture. At the western end, past burial sites, the remains of homesteads and a reconstructed tu…
National Park in Eastern Finnmark

Varangerhalvøya National Park

Protecting most of the interior of the Varanger Peninsula, this wild and windswept national park was shaped before the last Ice Age and is one of Norway's oldest, untouched Arctic landforms. In addition to its birdw…
Fort in Vardø

Vardøhus Festning

The star-shaped Vardøhus Fortress – yes, of course, it's the world's most northerly – was constructed in 1737 by King Christian VI. For a fortress, it's painted in unusually gentle fairy-tale colours. Stroll around …
Historic Building in Kirkenes

Andersgrotta

Drop down the steep stairs of Andersgrotta into this cave that once served as an air-raid shelter and bunker as wave upon wave of Russian bombers sought to knock out the Nazi ore-shipping facility. There's a multili…
Museum in Pasvik River Valley

Sør-Varanger Museum

It's worth a stop at the Strand branch of the Sør-Varanger Museum, which preserves Norway's oldest public boarding school and illustrates the region's ethnic mix. Visit, too, the timber-built Svanvik chapel dating f…
Museum in Eastern Finnmark

Varanger Sami Museum

In Varangerbotn, close to where the E6 meets the E75 17km east of Tana Bru, this is a fun, informative and hi-tech display about Sami life and culture, with Sami-related temporary exhibitions and artwork by contempo…
Zoo in Kirkenes

Gabba Reindeer & Husky Park

This may not be so much of a treat for the children if you've been driving in Eastern Finnmark and have stopped to relate to communing roadside reindeer. But it's worth the visit if you've just rolled in on the Hurt…