Varanger, Norway’s rugged Arctic outpost, is a sanctuary for nature that has welcomed and shaped its proud people for thousands of years
Here, in this furthest-flung corner of North Eastern Norway, you’re on top of the world!
Forces of nature abound. Close your eyes, breathe in the crisp, refreshing air and you are reminded of the ice sheets that retreated 10,000 years ago to reveal sea cliffs and fjords, moors, bogs and glacier-smoothed peaks. Bold, hardy birch trees moved in, rooting into meagre pockets of earth to provide forest cover, The Sami People’s stone age ancestors followed quickly, wasting no time in setting up home and forming a mystical relationship with the land and sea. And so the story of Varanger begins.
You might think the far north is plunged into darkness but this striking scenery is bathed in the celestial light. Come and see for yourself! The midnight sun gives way to the “colour season”, with dazzling displays of rich autumnal shades capped by breath-taking sunsets, whetting your appetite for the most marvellous spectacle of them all, the Northern Lights.
Arctic weather doesn’t mean barren, empty landscapes. Far from it! Varanger is a haven for birds, from North America and Siberia. Eye-catching Eider Ducks mingle with mighty and majestic Sea Eagles, while Caribou and Reindeer sniff out a nutritious treat of lichen beneath the snow.
Varanger is a cultural melting pot that transcends national boundaries. Enduring Sami customs blend with modernity, while popular traditions and festivals embody a determined, innovative spirit. People are special here.