Our Destination is located on the southern side of Varanger peninsula where the sea has led its mark on this open and flat landscape. Our villages are a true paradise for anyone who enjoys a relaxed, local atmosphere, gentle outdoor activities and being at the doorstep of unspoilt nature. We offer you cosy accommodation of a good standard and various nature based activities. Here you will be met by local people who always have time for you.

Climate: We have a typical coastal climate with a lot of snow during the winter. The weather can change very quickly and you can experience everything between snowstorm and sunshine in the course of just a few hours. The dark season with its amazing blue light lasts from mid­ November to late January after which the days grow rapidly longer towards the midnight sun season which lasts from early May to late July.


Clothing: Warm and windproof clothing is important to make your stay comfortable. Several layers with long sleeves and long legs are essensial. Three or four layers consisting of a base, a middle and windproof outer layer are recommended. Solid boots with thick soles, woollen socks, mittens, a scarf and a hat should not be forgotten. There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.

Northern Lights: On the clear winter evenings you have a good chance of spotting the Northern Lights over the landscape. There are no lights from the town to spoil your once in a lifetime experience.

Read more about aurora borealis here: www.spaceweather.com

Visit amazing Hornøya

A visit to the seabird colonies at Hornøya is an nature experience that will certainly leave a lasting impression. 
Hornøya and Vardø is 45 minutes driving from Ekkerøy, and is the easternmost island in Norway, located about a mile outside of Vardø in the Barents Sea. 
Only 10 minutes by boat from Vardø Harbour is the home of 150 000 seabirds. 
The rich waters of the Barents sea and the steep cliffs off Hornøya provice food and safety for the seabirds.

Wind shelter on Hornøya 

The main cliff is dominated by black-legged kittiwakes, common guillemots and Atlantic puffins, 
interspersed by Europeans shags, Brünnich's guillemots, razorbills and a few black guillemots.
 All are easy to see, hear and smell from the areas open to the public. On the vegetated areas below the cliff and covering the island as a whole breed large numbers of 
herring gulls and great black-backed gulls, plus a few common eider.

Hornøya is a protected nature reserve and there are traffic restrictions on the island. A marked path ensures 
that alle the species are visible, many of them you will be able to observe wery close. 
Bring something to eat and warm to drink, and do not forget your camera.
 Use the path and not disturb the birds unnecessarily.
 Have a great stay at the spectacular Hornøya!

Duration: Max 6 hours, min 2 hours.

Departures from Vardø Monday-­Friday: 9.00, 10.30, 11.30, 13.30.
Departures from Hornøya: 03.00

Saturday/Sunday: 12.00
Departures from Hornøya: 03.00

Season: 1. March - 1. September


More information about birds in Varanger: www.biotope.no

Birding in Varanger birdpark

Visit Varanger Birdpark/Bird reserve in the winter. Only wild birds coming to the feeder.  This small park in the village Vestre Jakobselv has a feeding¬station, benches, birdboxes and a short track. You may see birds as Siberian Tit (high regularity winter/spring) and Arctic Redpolls. Other regular birds: Common Redpoll, Great Tit, Willow Tit, European Greenfinch. Possible birds: Eurasian Bullfinch, Eurasian Jay. Slim¬chance birds: Three Toed Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

Duration: 5 hours.

Walk up to the spot using a snowmobile track. Distance from mainroad to the Birdpark: 1,4 km.

Season: February, March and April.

Rate: NOK 200 p person

More info: www.varanger.info

Photohide in Varanger Birdpark

The hide is situated very close up to the feeder. Approximately 3 meters from the hide to the feeding spot. 4 photographers can use the hide at the same time. Instructions how to increase the chance to get good pictures will be given.

Duration: 5 hours.

How to get there: Walk from the mainroad to the spot using the snowmobiletrack. Distance: 1,4 kilometers.

Season: February, March and April.

Rate: NOK 500,- p person if self-managed.

Guide/Transportation: Price: 1 person /1200,- NOK, 2 persons/1000 NOK pr person, 3 and 4 persons: 900 NOK pr. person. 

More info: www.varanger.info

Floating photohide in Vadsø

Birdphotographing in Vadsø harbour – from a floating photohide. We are visiting the birds, using a floating hide in Vadsø harbour. The hide is a rebuilt boat, with an electric engine charged by solar cells. No noise or pollution. You are getting close to the birds and can watch their normal activity and take pictures. We are using a combination of driving/drifting around and an anker-place during a tour.

Duration: 1,5 or 2 hours, depending on wich method that is best to use at the time.

Season: 15 February to 20 May.

Capacity: Maximum 3 Rate: 1 passenger: 1500,- NOK, 2 passengers: 1100,- NOK per person, 3 passengers: 900,- NOK pr. person.

More info: www.varanger.info


Photo hide in Båtsfjord harbour - perfect for birding

Arctic Tourist has built two photohide for use inside the Båtsfjord Port. 
We built these in an attempt to get closer to the birds. Which has proved to be very successful. In these scowl you can take pictures of birds from many different angles and  much much closer than is usual, you can take great pictures right by the water surface of a bird is about to dive or just coming out of the water, and all this is so close that you take a picture with focal lengths around 18-20mm! 
Also included are windows around the shed, so you can take pictures and have a view of everything around you.

Season: 25.January - 10.April

More info:  www.arctictourist.no

National Tourist Routes in Norway

National Tourist road in Varanger wintertime