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Here we are in Vardo, (2,700 population). There is not much going on in this town. It was an hour stop. We walked to a fort. I took some pictures there. I walked around town. I walked towards the pier. There was a tunnel going under the fjord. I took pictures of boats and fishing warehouses. For a town that is in the
Location: 70° 21' N., 31° 02' E., at the extreme northeast corner of
In 1307, what was then the most northern fortress in the world was built on the
On June 3, 1769, astronomer Maximilian Hell was on the island to record the tansit of Venus - a memorial plaque honours that event. Arctic explorer Fridtjof Nansen used the community during his 1893-1896 explorations. In 1944, the town was almost completely destroyed by the Nazis and many of its residents murdered.
Fish processing plants and a rapidly-expanding tourist trade provide the primary sources of employment. The population, which is about half Finnish, has dropped quite dramatically over the past couple of decades, though. In 1985 there were 4,301 residents, while 10 years later, only 3,016 remained and in 1998 the population was down to about 2,600.
In 1982, Vardø was connected to the mainland by
The installation of a
The Vardø area is well-known in birding circles for the great variety of bird species that can be seen, particularly at the Hornoya Nature Reserve, an island just outside the harbour.
There is a single tree in Vardø, a rowan which the residents protect each winter by building a house around it.