The road to the Arctic Ocean
A drive in the fluctuating light of the ocean and sky – towards the expanse of ocean and unique rock landscape.
Varanger is about the long lines in the landscape as well as the long lines of history. You sense the culture, the crucible of people and a dramatic life.
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.
A trip along the route 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.
- 160 km
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Norwegian Scenic Route Varanger runs from Varangerbotn to Hamningberg.(Road 75/8100). Experience one of Norway’s most beautiful round trips by combining this route with the Hurtigruten coastal express and Norwegian Scenic Route Havøysund.
Traffic and road information
Telephone +47 815 48 991
- GPS, Hamningberg:
- 70.539118, 30.605791
- GPS, Varangerbotn:
- 70.173942, 28.567617
THE ROAD IS CLOSED! Hamningbergveien between Smelror and Hamningberg is closed during the winter. This stretch of road is normally closed from November until May.
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 of Norway.
Nature in Varanger is rugged and desolate, with unique landscape formations that provide a powerful backdrop for the hiking experience. Large areas consist of terrain that is easy to walk, but you should remember that the climate here is partly Arctic and the weather can change rapidly. Standing on top of Aldontoppen or walking along Kjærlighetsstien - Lovers’ Trail - in Vadsø, you will really get a feel for the enormous forces of the sea.
To cycle this route you should start at Varangerbotn. The cycle ride along the Varanger fiord is relatively easy, but long. It is worth taking a detour to Vardø and stop at Steilneset Memorial even though this involves going through a subsea tunnel. Towards Hamningberg the route runs through a hilly but spectacular landscape with distinctive geological features. A night in the abandoned fishing village is a nice experience before you cycle the 160 kilometres back.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration builds infrastructure in the form of rest areas and viewpoints along Norwegian Scenic Routes. We kindly ask that questions regarding tourist information be directed to local and regional tourism operators.
The 18 Norwegian Scenic Routes
The Norwegian Scenic Routes attraction comprises 18 selected drives through beautiful Norwegian nature. The experience is enhanced by innovative architecture and thought-provoking works of art at designated viewpoints and picnic areas. The development project is being carried out by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.