National Tourist Route Varanger

National Tourist Route Varanger, a scenic drive of Norway

National Tourist Route Varanger is a 160-kilometre (99 miles) long stretch of road far to the north and furthest to the east in Norway, where the sky meets the sea. It's one of the famous scenic drives in Norway.

Located in Norway’s farthest northeastern corner, where hard rock meets the Barents Sea, the road between Smelror and Hamningberg is normally closed from November until May. The surface of the road is asphalted, and chains or snow tyres can be required throughout the year. The road along the Varanger Peninsula begins among the sheltered birch forests and bogs of Varangerbotn and ends in a lunar landscape of jagged cliffs at the world's end. 
This asphalted road follows the coast towards the ice-cold Barents Sea and runs between Varangerbotn and Hamningberg in the county of Finnmark in Arctic Norway. The Varanger national tourist route was designated in 2012 and it includes the Norway roads E75 and 341. National Tourist Route Varanger runs along the Varangerfjord and the coast of the Barents Sea. From sheltered birch forests and marshlands across plains to rugged cliffs and a dramatic lunar landscape, this route offers a contrast-filled journey through scenery characterised by its Arctic climate. Varanger is one of the regions of Northern Europe which is richest in bird life and features in the book of "Top 100 Birding Sites of the World". Fisheries, migration and trade have turned Varanger into a melting pot of peoples and cultures. 

Roads: Road 75/341
Length: 160km
Highest elevation: 123m asl
Ferries: 0
Winter notice: Hamningbergveien between Smelror and Hamningberg is closed during the winter.


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