Vardo is a port town on Vardoya Island (Finnmark, Norway), located just 1,5 km (0,9 ml) east of mainland Norway (Varanger Peninsula). The small Hornoya Island (with the Vardo Lighthouse) is located at the same distance (1,5 km / 0,9 ml) to the northeast of Vardoya Island.
- The island has a total area of 3,7 km2 (1,4 ml2) and is connected to the mainland by the Vardo Tunnel. The tunnel is the first of its kind in Norway, and part of the Europe's highway E75, having its terminus at Vardo.
- Vardo is a port town (population around 2,000) and the municipality's administrative centre. The other settlement (on the island's eastern end) is Kiberg (population around 300).
- Fishing and seafood processing are Vardoya's major sources of income, although tourism is becoming an important economic factor.
Vardo is one of the Hurtigruten ports along the "Express Route" (Norwegian Coastal Express). This is a regularly scheduled ferry and cruise itinerary in Norway, between the turnaround ports Bergen (southmost) and Kirkenes (northmost).
The city's list of tourist attractions includes:
- Vardohus Festning - a fortress dating back to the 14th century (the present structure dates from 1734). The Vardohus Festning fortress is home to a couple of rowan trees which are nurtured and warmed in winter since they cannot normally survive in this cold climate. Originally, 7 trees were planted in 1960. The one which survived managed to blossom twice (in 1974 and in 1981). The tree died in 2002, but 2 new saplings have been planted in place.
- witchcraft trials memorial
- two museums - Pomor Museum and Partisan Museum
- remnants of German fortifications from WW2 (1939-1945)
- several seabird colonies
- The Yukigassen (snowball fighting-competition) in Vardo is an unique event in Norway. The other countries where annual tournaments are held are - Japan (Sobetsu), Finland (Kemijarvi), Australia (Mount Buller, Victoria), Sweden (Lulea), USA (Anchorage, Alaska) and Canada (Jasper Alberta, Saskatoon Saskatchewan).
Highlights: Barents Sea, Norwegian Lapland
Vardo cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Vardoya Island dock (anchor) at Vardo - port town on the western coast.
The Vardo cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Vardo, Vardoya Island, Norway.
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Port Vardo cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Vardo, Vardoya Island, Norway. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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