Vardø Lighthouse Hiking Trail

Explore the landscape from Norway’s easternmost town

Essential info

  • Destination: Varanger
  • Season: June-October
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 5.9 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 30 meters
  • Duration: 1.5-2.5 hours

About Vardø Lighthouse

The town of Vardø is Norway’s easternmost town and actually lies further east than Istanbul. Situated on Vardøya Island, the town is a key point along Norwegian Scenic Route Varanger and also the departure point for boat trips to Hornøya.

The northern part of the island is not populated, and the road to the lighthouse at the point makes for a relaxed walk. Along the way, you can visit “Drakkar”, an interesting outdoor art piece, as well as some ruins from World War II. 

Getting there

The trailhead is in Vardø, an island town along Norwegian Scenic Route Varanger, at the end of Road 75. A tunnel connects the mainland to Vardøya Island and the town.

Once in Vardø, follow Per Larssens gate to the western edge of the island where you’ll find a parking lot.

You can also walk to the trailhead from the center of Vardø, which takes about 20 minutes.

Trail description

The trail leads along a road, so it’s accessible to all. It’s also possible to explore a bit and follow smaller trails closer to the water’s edge.

From the parking lot, head back up to the road where you’ll see a sign leading you north along the asphalt road. The road turns to gravel and continues north.

After about 1 kilometer you will spot “Drakkar” on your left-hand side.

After another kilometer, you can take a quick detour up the hill to your left to see German bunkers from World War II.

Continue along the road to the end where you will find Vardø Lighthouse.

Amenities

  • Free parking

Map

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