Sustainable travel tips
Travelling is great. But for us to be able to continue exploring new countries and learning about foreign cultures, we need to ensure that tourism is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and is sound from ecological, socio-cultural and financial perspectives. In Norway, these three aspects form the basis of our sustainability work. We believe it’s our job to make mindful actions easier for everyone.
Useful things to know
How can I get to Varanger?
You can fly, cruise or drive. See the getting here sections for more on your options.
What’s the best time of year to visit Varanger?
Varanger is a year-round destination. Winters are great for outdoor activities like cross-country skiing, snow-kiting and ice-swimming. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to see the Northern Lights in Varanger. Late summer and autumn are ideal for foraging and enjoying colourful autumn foliage. The spring months (until early May) offer the best skiing in Varanger. The summer months across Northern part of Norway are known for their white nights, and in Varanger, as a time when the sun never sets.
Do I need a passport or visa to enter the country?
You need a valid national passport or another equivalent that satisfactorily establishes your identity and nationality. If you aren’t a citizen of Norway or another European Economic Area (EEA) country, you may also need a visa. Please check with your local Norwegian Embassy, and they’ll be happy to help you.
The emergency phone number in Norway
Please Call 113 if you need urgent medical attention. Do you need help from firefighters call 110 or police call 112.
Leave your party clothes and dancing shoes back home. The weather can change from time to time. Do not freeze or get wet and cold, when you travel to the arctic you need warm clothes but also swimsuits for artic icebath.
take care OF and respect our fragile nature and environment
Welcome to Varanger on top of the world in the arctic part of Norway. Please be considerate of your surroundings by following these simple guidelines. this why, you can be sure that your visit does not diminish other people’s experience.
1. Camp in designated area
2. Leave no traces
Avoid leaving traces in nature, such as cairns, tent pegs etc. Allow others to have the same great experience that you´ve had.
3. Follow the path
Follow the path and avoid creating new paths.
4. Waste bins
Throw waste in waste bins. If you are in an area without bins, bring your waste with you until you can dispose of it.
5. Use public toilets
If none are present, go into the ocean or dig a pit in the ground. Avoid using wet wipes, as they take a long time to decompse.
6. Respect private property
Camping closer than 150 meters from an occupied house or cabin is forbidden. You can only camp on cultivated land if you have an agreement with the land owner.
7. Be considerate in traffic
The roads in Varanger are narrow, yet many use them. Keep well clear of the cyclist when passing them.
8 . Ban on fires
If During the summer months, there is a general ban on open fires. Use designated sites for fire, and make sure there is no risk for a fire in our fragile arctic nature.
9. Respect wildlife
Avoid disturbing our birds and animals unnecessarily. Dogs must be kept on a lash at all time.
10 . In the interest of the environment
As well as your own experience and safety, we recommend activities organized by tour operator. You can find a list of such organizers on our website here.
VADSØ , VARANGER ARCTIC NORWAY
BOOK A NIGHT OR TWO IN THE ICEHOUSE
Probably one of the coolest accommodation in Varanger