Scenic route Varanger in Norway /

The far north of Norway is known for the North Cape, midnight sun, northern lights and the special and varied landscape. In the far northeast of the country is the scenic route Varanger, along the coastline of the eponymous peninsula. It is not far from the North Cape, which makes it easy to combine several special routes when traveling through Norway.
 

Where is the route located? /

The scenic route Varanger is located on the Varanger peninsula, after which the route is named. The peninsula is located in the county of Troms og Finnmark and is the easternmost peninsula of Norway. Most of the area consists of Varangerhalvøya National Park.

The peninsula is known for its rugged cliffs, swamps, mountains, birch forests, the sometimes lunar landscape, the many bird species that live there and the abandoned fishing village of Hamningberg. To see the many bird species, special bird watching huts have been placed in several places along the route.
 

General information about scenic route Varanger /

The scenic route Varanger goes along the coastline of Varanger and is 99 miles (160 kilometers) long. It is described as one of the most beautiful driving routes in the country. There are several beautiful viewpoints along the route, such as Domen and Gornitak. From here you have a beautiful view of the surroundings. Varanger is also one of the 100 most beautiful places in the world for bird watching. Special huts have been built especially for this purpose in Vestre Jakobselv, Vadsø, on the island of Ekkerøya, on the island of Hornøya, at the tip of the Steilnesodden promontory and in the bay of Barvika.

The scenic route runs from Varangerbotn to Hamningberg and can be found on the road maps under the numbers E75 and 8100. The last part of the route is closed during the winter months. It concerns the part between Smelror and Hamningberg, the abandoned fishing village cannot be visited because of this.

The scenic route Varanger is part of the 18 National Scenic Routes in Norway. These are officially the 18 most beautiful routes in the country, showing the diversity and highlights of this special country. Due to its location, this route is the easternmost route in Norway.
 

What makes the route special? /

Norway’s easternmost tourist route shows a beautiful coastline with a view of the Barents Sea and a very diverse and beautiful landscape. Along the way there are many opportunities to spot birds or to enjoy the panoramic view from a vantage point.

The tour through the north of Norway will probably be combined with a visit to the North Cape, the northernmost point of the Norwegian mainland. During the scenic route Varanger you pass the Eastern Cape, the easternmost point. The Eastern Cape is located near the village of Kilberg, you can get there by following the signs to Kibergneset. It should be noted, however, that the Eastern Cape is not a special destination, as the North Cape is.

The route is also close to the borders with Russia and Finland. The mainland of Russia can be seen from part of the route, on the other side of the water. A tour through the far north can also easily be combined with a drive to or through Finland.

The scenic route Varanger can also be combined with other highlights of Northern Norway, such as the scenic route Havøysund and the North Cape!