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Båtsfjord in Norway Båtsfjord municipality coat of arms


1.433,4 km2

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Norways largest fishing community and the largest fishing port of any Nordic country. Largest fishing community in terms of landed quantities and export value, and also the country`s most modern fishing industry. The municipality is located on the North side of the Varangerhalvøya peninsula and has approximately 2.100 inhabitants and lies in Finnmark. Surface area are 1.433,4 km2. Archeological finds truly traces of an ancient hunting culture 6-7000 years back in time. Permanent settlement in the outer fringes of the borough from 15th-16th centuries. A benevolent natural harbour has laid the foundation for the town of Båtsfjord that has undergone great changes since World War II.

Finnmark's highest mountain pass is Ordofjell 358 m.a.s. Trade and Industry is fishing and fish processing. Midnight Sun from 18 May - 26 July. Polar nights from 17 november - 31 January. Experience Finnmark's untamed landscape. Take a walk along one of the many trails in the borough. An outdoor enthusiast's Eldorado for hunting, deep sea and sports fishing. Women's ski run in May that attracts participants from all over the country. The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures.


The World´s Most Beautiful Voyage is a voyage like no other. Nothing can compare with it. Nothing about this journey will resemble anything you have ever experienced before. A ticket for the Coastal Steamer is a ticket to the theatre, an 11-day drama in which new acts constantly unfold all around you. See the pictures from the Coastal Steamer taken by one of our passengers.


Consecrated on 20 may 1971. The church has one of Europe`s largest stained glass windows, 85 m2.


A recently abandoned fishing community. Places too see include a local history exhibition and Syltefjord chapel. There are also traces of the ancient hunting culture (5000-6000 years ago). At Syltefjord school there is a local history exhibition that includes hunting and fishing implements, and some magazines from the early 1900s.


Small nesting cliff. Accessible by foot, 1 km along a trail.


Syltefjord is one of Norway`s largest and most important bird colonies. It is home to a number of species, including gannets. The cliffs have been declared a wildlife reserve. There are also about 250 individuals of a local seal species called havert( a type of hooded seal). In outer Syltevika two church sites and clustered sites from houses from the Middle ages and from more resent times, as well as traces of a Stone Age settlement.


Syltevikvann lies about 7 km west of Hamningberg and is the site of an old Sami sacrificial circle. The circle has a slightly oval shape and consists of stones 6.7 metres. In diameter that stand on a beach ridge with an unobstructed view over Syltevikvann.


This abandoned fishing village is a cultural heritage site with an intact set of buildings, and is the best-preserved fishing village from pre-war times. There are also war memorials, and a fascinating landscape. By road (Highway E75) from Vardø.


Abandoned fishing village and trading post with attractions such as Makkaur Lighthouse, fortifications from WW2, shipwreck, old sites and two churchyards. Continuous habitation from the Middle Ages to WW2. The village was not burnt down during WW 2.


One of the few lighthouses along the Norwegian coast that still manned. It was erected in 1928.


Norway`s tallest telecommunications mast, 241,8 metres high, stands on one of the highest mountains in Båtsfjord. Fantastic view across the Barents sea and Varanger Peninsula.


The Park is approximately 1.804 km2. Established in in 2006 in the municipalities of Båtsfjord, Nesseby, Vadsø and Vardø.

The area gave the name to the Varangian glaciation episode. A large part of this peninsula, including the town Vardø located on an island just east of the mainland, has an arctic tundra climate. However, on the south coast, including the town Vadsø, there is sufficient summer heat for birch trees to grow.

The landscape is formed before the Ice Age, when the entire country was covered by ice. The ice have marked the landscape whith a quite unique landscape forms. The flora and fauna have species from the Arctic and East Sibir (Russia).

Sami culture and tradition has left behind a wealth of traces and stories linked to the region. In old Sami culture, plants, animals and places all possessed souls and had considerable significance for day-to-day life.


The Midnight Sun stays above the horizon, and it is light 24 hours a day. The sky must be clear and there must be unobstructed visibility northwards in order to see the Midnight Sun. A summer night on the fjord or in the mountains is an experience not to be missed, you can go fishing in the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, or you can take a walk in the wilderness surrounding.


Aurora Borealis is the Latin name for the Northern Lights – solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole. The Northern Lights are only visible when the sky is dark and clear, from August to April, and they are most intense from 10 pm to midnight. The region on the 700 northern latitude is a fantastic place for experiencing the beautiful and intense play of colours given off by the Northern Lights.


The dark time, or the long, dark Polar Night, lasts from 30th November - 12th January - there is only a twilight-dusk type of light (the blue light) for a few hours during the middle of the day. This does not mean that it becomes totally dark, however. The aurora borealis trails its multicoloured banner across the sky and the moon lights the scene just like the nightlight of Our Lord. The experience of the winter with the uniqueness of the light, the northern lights and snow is fantastic. Especially beautiful is the blue light southwards, just before it becomes dark.


Finnmark's highest mountain pass over Ordofjell mountain at 400 meters above sea level. With the Barents Sea pounding the rocky coastline, Båtsfjord is at the mercy of the elements, but it is a great place to visit with the worlds northern most Gannet colony to be found on the stack at Syltefjordstauran. The two pairs that were discovered in 1961 have now grown to well over 300 pairs. The Northern Gannet is just one of many species that can be seen.


A mecca for fishermen, especially in the summer, when fishermen from all over the country gather here for big catches. Deep sea fishing enthusiasts can take a fishing trip out on the ocean. You can fish for salmon, sea trout and Arctic trout. Be aware that there are a number of special rules in regards to fishing. Remember to purchase a fishing licence.


Golfclubs in Finnmark.