Varanger is about the long lines in the landscape as well as the long lines of history. Varanger not only offers a physical
experience; you will also find serenity on this road. It is difficult to explain other than by saying that this is a place
where you feel as if time stands a bit still. You drive past birch woods, marshland and a rugged cliff landscape. The light
is special and the bird and animal life are unique. Species of birds that you can’t see anywhere else in the world are relatively
easily accessible. It’s not only because of its geographical location that Varanger is perhaps the most exotic stretch. A
trip along the route leading to the Arctic Ocean will reveal natural surroundings full of contrasts, and the lunar landscape
out towards Hamningberg in many ways feels like this is a journey to the world’s end. If you drive along this road in the
autumn perhaps you will experience the steely grey light, and the barren landscape will emerge as even more magical.
History is not always pretty and at the Steilneset memorial we encounter episodes of history that may be difficult to comprehend.
The witch trials in Finnmark in the 17th century claimed 91 victims and it was here that the greatest number of people were
found guilty of witchcraft and burnt at the stake. Its closeness to Russia, immigration from Finland and Sámi traditions pervade
this area with an exciting cultural diversity.
Even if you’re not a bird-watching enthusiast, you should take time to observe some of the rare bird species here. Along this
stretch of road, several bird-watching hides have been built where you can sit well sheltered against the vagaries of the
weather while you marvel at the landscape. There’s also a good chance of experiencing reindeer at close hand on this road.
After visiting the Steilneset memorial you should drop by the picturesque Vardøhus Fortress that lies at the easternmost point