Vardø audio tour: Vardø: Pomors, Radars and Witches in the Far North

Vardø: Pomors, Radars and Witches in the Far North

Walking Tour

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35 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

Come uncover the fascinating history of Vardø. This tour takes you along the streets of Vardø, and let you experience the highlights of the easternmost city in Norway and the oldest city in northern Norway. We'll walk across Steilneset, where 91 people were burned as witches. You'll hear about the great pomor traders of the 19th century. Along the way, you'll learn about the architecture, as well as the cultural and military history of the area. I'll take you to the Vardøhus Fortress, one of the last fortresses in Norway, still armed with soldiers.

This tour should be taken between May and November, as the 1000 year old Path is closed outside those months.

Tour Producer

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Lars Engerengen

I was Born in Lillehammer in 1968, and have for the last 20 years been living in Finnmark - the northernmost county of Norway. I work as a senior executive officer within public transport at the county administration. I Have a great passion for sharing local history with visitors. My hobby is nature photography and writing. I have published a book about the ships in the "Hurtigruten" line, and am a permanent contributor to the largest Encyclopaedia in Norway.

Major Landmarks

  • Steilneset Memorial

  • Vardøhus Fortress

  • Vardø church

  • The Pomor Museum

Directions to Starting Point

You start at Vardø Port - where the coastal steamer Hurtigruten calls every evening.

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Places to stop along the way

Willem Barentsz monument, The Pomor Museum, Town Hall, Steilneset Memorial and Vardøhus Fortress

Best time of day

This tour are available all day - but why not take the tour in the midnite sun?

Precautions

This tour should be taken between May and November, as the 1000 year old Path is closed outside those months. Some of the paths can be a little tricky due to the terrain and varying weather.

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Vardø: Pomors, Radars and Witches in the Far North