Vardø: Pomors, Radars and Witches in the Far North
Turn left here at the top of Kongens gate and continue walking along Skippergata.
In august of 1944, the city was bombed by the allies. This resulted in most of the buildings being destroyed. Still, there are a few buildings that survived. Have a look around while you walk.
We are now in the area called Steilnes. Later in the tour I'll let you know about some of the darker history that took place here many years ago.
But, in recent history, the underground of this area played an important role. In December 1982 the undersea tunnel between Vardø and the mainland was opened. This was the beginning of a new era for the citizens of Vardø. Now they no longer had to rely on the old ferry, with its timetable and often bad weather. The tunnel is almost 3 kilometers long, and takes you 88 meters below the Barents Sea. It was the first undersea tunnel built in northern Europe.
Please continue walking the Skippergata, You'll hear from me in a minute or so.