The peninsula Kongsfjord -Veines in Finnmark: The silence of beauty
We drive on our long Norwegian tour along the Barents Sea. Numerous large and small peninsulas protrude into the Arctic Sea. Narrow and sometimes winding roads lead us through a modest and overwhelming landscape that takes our breath away. Behind a curve opens the view of the small fishing village Kongsfjord (Finnmark), which we leave after a long stay. Just to the north, from the outskirts of town to see our view of the beautiful small peninsula Veines and Veinesden and we decide to stop here on the way back from Berlevåg. Today we are here and do not want to leave.
Veines, the peninsula in the direct, northern, neighborhood is located just a few hundred meters from the Arctic Ocean Road to Berlevåg. The Arctic Ocean Road starts here in Kongsfjord and so Veines is already in the first few 100 meters, the second highlight on the tour to the north.
The Arctic Ocean Road alone is in our opinion one of the most beautiful roads in the world, but the few small towns and the barren and bizarre landscapes are like a string of pearls.
We turn into Veines belonging to Kongsfjord (Finnmark) and Veinesodden. We leave the car in front of the turn-off, Veines is too bad to be parked and thus destroy the picturesque silhouette. Too beautiful is this peninsula with veines and veinesden, so as not to be experienced on foot so as not to be breathed and felt. The peninsula is very easy to explore on foot, at its widest point it is 1100 meters wide and only 2.7 kilometers long.
Above all, birdwatchers are drawn to Veines, but also to gunmen who visit the coastal battery of the German Wehrmacht on Veinesden in search of traces of the Second World War.
After all, Kongsfjord and Veines were miraculously spared burning down and bombing, most of the places in Finnmark were mercilessly razed to the ground by the German Wehrmacht. Perhaps some German soldiers and officers in Veines and Kongsfjord still had some residual sense that they did not leave this beauty behind as scorched earth.
We walk along the path paved with sand to the center of the small Veines and come to the small housing estate with its approximately 15 houses. In the old warehouse we find art, made from found objects of the sea and nature. The old boat dock in Veines recalls past days when fishing played the main role in this small harbor.
From Veines several paths lead to the Veinesodden, on whose western part the said shore battery is located. Of course, foot rots can go there with their car, but that does not necessarily go down well with the people who live here. They are reserved and they value reserved people. A walk through this rough and barren landscape gives much more intense environment. For trailers and RVs the ways are completely unsuitable.
Veinesodden, Veines, Kongsfjord, arctic road norway, Barentssea, Varangerfjord, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photoThe trails lead from Veines on the three hills, the 79 -meter-high Vesterhaugen, the 60 -meter-high Midterhaugen and south through the 83 -meter-high Storhaugen. These heights give the small town of Veines and its harbor also a natural protection against the often stormy and troubled Barents Sea. On the south side of Veinesodden there is a small beacon to protect the fishermen to reach it, but a five meter high ladder climbs up a cliff face. However, it is also on the other side over 20 meters steeply down to the sea.
Between the hills in the summer months, the reindeer like to hike and enjoy the fresh grass. But also, this is true for Norway as a whole, people like to be outside at every opportunity. It has to storm and rain, that they stay in their homes. Often they meet in one of the valleys, make campfires and grill their fish or enjoy the soft and gentle sandy beach on their doorstep. Although the water here does not get warmer than four degrees Celsius.
If you climb the hills, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view over the sprawling Kongsfjorden and the bird islands Helløy, Kongsøy and Skarvholmen in the east and the islands of Rundholmen and Grøtøy in the Risfjorden in the north.
Anyway, if possible we will return to Veines, to Veinesodden and Kongsfjord, maybe even in winter, when the sea is churned and the landscape is dark and snow-covered. Maybe we stay here in Veines, in the beautiful family guest house