We love Varanger
Unjárga/Nesseby The first people to settle by Varangerfjord arrived some 12 000 years ago. The oldest documented settlement is from around 10 000 BC and this type of settlement can be found in the cultural history area at Ceavccageađge/Mortensnes in Nesseby. Rich archaeological finds from more recent eras have also made this a key area for research into the emergence of the Sami culture.
Graves from the pre-Christian Sami religion can be found here as intense missionary work was conducted from the 17th century. The first church/chapel was built on Selesnjárga/Angsnes in 1719. Today, Unjarga/Nesseby is an important coastal Sami community where many people make a living from traditional occupations such as reindeer farming, agriculture and fishing. Unjarga/Nesseby currently has a population of more than 900 people..
Ceavccageađge/Mortensnes The cultural heritage Ceavccageađge/Mortensnes is unique in Europe and contains traces of human activity from the last 10 000 years.
The culture trail takes the visitors to ruins, religious Sami offering sites, graves, offering stones, etc. The exhibiton «Luondu – sacred landscape” tells of Sami mythology and beliefs. Guided tours and information is available at the Varanger Sami Museum.
Várjjat Sámi Musea
Várjjat Sámi Musea /Varanger Samiske Museum The museum documents and communicates the Sea Sami culture and history of Varanger, Sami pre-history, the Sami today as well as duodji – Sami handcraft.
The outdoor market «Vuonnamárkanat» is arranged by the museum in september each year
King Crab Safari
Get on board a modern fishing vessel and have a fabulous day at the king crabs’ kingdom!
King crabs can weigh up to 15 kg and on this trip you will be served a delicious meal prepared from this delicacy.
Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Coastal Voyage, calls at Berlevåg, Båtsfjord, Vardø, and Vadsø in Varanger. Hurtigruten turns around in Kirkenes and goes back to Bergen in Fjord Norway, calling at the same ports on the way back, except Vadsø.
Varanger is the world’s easiest accessible arctic birding destination. In Varanger you have the northern taiga, tundra and arctic coastline in one destination.
Within a day’s drive, you can experience the pine grosbeaks in the taiga, and see a wide variety of spcies on the tundra of the Varanger peninsula.
Fishing and angeling
Varangerfjord is rich in a variety of species, you can catch cod, saithe, haddock, catfish or halibut on your hook.
Choose between a guided safari or rent a boat!