Steilneset Memorial - Varanger - www.nasjonaleturistveger.no
 
National Tourist Route Varanger runs along the Varangerfjord and the coast of the Barents Sea. From sheltered birch forests and marshlands across plains to rugged cliffs and a dramatic lunar landscape, this route offers a contrast-filled journey through scenery characterised by its Arctic climate.

In the Arctic climate zone, the weather is an experience in itself. In summer, Siberian heat may suddenly alternate with icy sea smoke, and violent storms batter the coast in winter. During parts of the year, you may experience all four seasons within a single Arctic day.

Varanger is one of the regions of Northern Europe which is richest in bird life. Fisheries, migration and trade have turned Varanger into a melting pot of peoples and cultures. The proximity to Russia and the Pomor trade, immigration from Finland and the indigenous Sámi traditions have provided this area with an intriguing cultural diversity.

National Tourist Route Varanger runs from Varangerbotn to Hamningberg, over a total distance of 160 kilometres.

When combined with the Hurtigruten coastal steamer and National Tourist Route Havøysund, this route can be included to form one of Norway's most spectacular round trips.



Information about National Tourist Route Varanger, download pdf.

Travel info Varanger

Parts of National Tourist Route Varanger are closed during the winter season. The stretch between Smelror and Hamningberg is normally closed in November and reopens in May (see the "Map" menu and red flaggs).

Questions concerning places to stay, places to eat, itineraries etc. should be addressed to local and regional tourist agencies and enterprises. In the menu on the left you will find some links that may be helpful.

Have a good trip!

Winter at Steilneset. Building for the artwork and the information centre. The information centre, constructed on piles, is 125 metres long and provides information on the witch-hunts and their victims.  Building for the artwork is constructed of glass and steel.

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Winter at Steilneset. Building for the artwork and the information centre. The information centre, constructed on piles, is 125 metres long and provides information on the witch-hunts and their victims. Building for the artwork is constructed of glass and steel.

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Winter at Steilneset. The information centre, constructed on piles, is 125 metres long and provides information on the witch-hunts and their victims.  

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Winter at Steilneset. The information centre, constructed on piles, is 125 metres long and provides information on the witch-hunts and their victims.

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Winter at Steilneset. The artwork consists of a chair with a gas flame in the seat with seven oval mirrors encircling it. The building is constructed of glass and steel.

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Winter at Steilneset. The artwork consists of a chair with a gas flame in the seat with seven oval mirrors encircling it. The building is constructed of glass and steel.

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Building for the artwork and the information centre. The information centre, constructed on piles, is 125 metres long and provides information on the witch-hunts and their victims.  Building for the artwork is constructed of glass and steel.

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Building for the artwork and the information centre. The information centre, constructed on piles, is 125 metres long and provides information on the witch-hunts and their victims. Building for the artwork is constructed of glass and steel.

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
The information centre, constructed on piles, is 125 metres long and provides information on the witch-hunts and their victims. The victims' fates are described through posters, leaflets and books written by Liv Helene Willumsen.

Photo: Jarle Wæhler
The information centre, constructed on piles, is 125 metres long and provides information on the witch-hunts and their victims. The victims' fates are described through posters, leaflets and books written by Liv Helene Willumsen.

Photo: Jarle Wæhler
The information centre, constructed on piles, is 125 metres long and provides information on the witch-hunts and their victims. 

Photo: Jarle Wæhler
The information centre, constructed on piles, is 125 metres long and provides information on the witch-hunts and their victims.

Photo: Jarle Wæhler
Building for the artwork and the information centre. The information centre, constructed on piles, is 125 metres long and provides information on the witch-hunts and their victims.  Building for the artwork is constructed of glass and steel.

Photo: Jarle Wæhler
Building for the artwork and the information centre. The information centre, constructed on piles, is 125 metres long and provides information on the witch-hunts and their victims. Building for the artwork is constructed of glass and steel.

Photo: Jarle Wæhler
The building is constructed of glass and steel. The artwork consists of a chair with a gas flame in the seat with seven oval mirrors encircling it. 

Photo: Roger Ellingsen
The building is constructed of glass and steel. The artwork consists of a chair with a gas flame in the seat with seven oval mirrors encircling it.

Photo: Roger Ellingsen
The artwork consists of a chair with a gas flame in the seat with seven oval mirrors encircling it. The building is constructed of glass and steel.

Photo: Jarle Wæhler
The artwork consists of a chair with a gas flame in the seat with seven oval mirrors encircling it. The building is constructed of glass and steel.

Photo: Jarle Wæhler
The artwork consists of a chair with a gas flame in the seat with seven oval mirrors encircling it. The building is constructed of glass and steel.

Photo: Hege Lysholm
The artwork consists of a chair with a gas flame in the seat with seven oval mirrors encircling it. The building is constructed of glass and steel.

Photo: Hege Lysholm
The artwork consists of a chair with a gas flame in the seat with seven oval mirrors encircling it. The building is constructed of glass and steel.

Foto: Bjarne Riesto
The artwork consists of a chair with a gas flame in the seat with seven oval mirrors encircling it. The building is constructed of glass and steel.

Foto: Bjarne Riesto
Interior of the information centre. The building comprises an illuminated window for each victim and information on their fate and the witch-hunts. The victims' fates are described through posters, leaflets and books written by Liv Helene Willumsen.

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Interior of the information centre. The building comprises an illuminated window for each victim and information on their fate and the witch-hunts. The victims' fates are described through posters, leaflets and books written by Liv Helene Willumsen.

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Interior of the information centre. The building comprises an illuminated window for each victim and information on their fate and the witch-hunts. The victims' fates are described through posters, leaflets and books written by Liv Helene Willumsen.

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Interior of the information centre. The building comprises an illuminated window for each victim and information on their fate and the witch-hunts. The victims' fates are described through posters, leaflets and books written by Liv Helene Willumsen.

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Interior of the information centre. The building comprises an illuminated window for each victim and information on their fate and the witch-hunts. The victims' fates are described through posters, leaflets and books written by Liv Helene Willumsen.

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Interior of the information centre. The building comprises an illuminated window for each victim and information on their fate and the witch-hunts. The victims' fates are described through posters, leaflets and books written by Liv Helene Willumsen.

Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Overview map of the stretch, with locations described under the "Architecture" menu. Red flags indicate tourist tourist routes that are closed during the winter season.

If you wish to plan your journey or consult more detailed maps you will find links to maps and route planners in the menu "Travel info".
Steilneset Memorial

Steilneset Memorial.

 During the European witch-hunts of the 17th century, more people were convicted of sorcery and burned at the stake in Eastern Finnmark than anywhere else in Norway. Steilneset Memorial in Vardø was erected to commemorate the 91 victims who were convicted of sorcery and executed there. Steilneset Memorial is located near the assumed execution site, with a view towards the church as well as the old fortress. The narrative is communicated through art and architecture, realised in a unique collaboration between the artist Louise Bourgeois and the architect Peter Zumthor. Texts by Liv Helene Willumsen.
Here you can find a simple map providing a geographical overview of the route. If you wish to plan your journey or consult more detailed maps you will find links to maps and route planners in the menu "Travel info".
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