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Vadsø is a city and a municipality in the east of Finnmark. The municipality has a 6174 (2012) inhabitants, most of whom live in Vadsø which has 5066 inhabitants. Because of significant immigration from Finland is Vadsø known as “whom the capital.”
The municipality is located along the Varanger Fjord where there are several small villages surrounded by the harsh arctic environment. The largest inhabited village is Vestre Jakobselv where a large part of the population has Finnish roots. Popular tourist attractions in the winter snowshoeing far on the plateau of ice fishing, snowmobile safari and dog sledding under the Northern Lights.
Because of the Finnish population is very common with sauna in Vadsø accommodations. Other activities include deep sea fishing, scuba diving and kayaking. In recent years, Vadsø become a popular place for those involved in kiteboarding. Vadsø has many exciting restaurants and a variety of accommodation.
Each year in October organized crab festival, a food festival dedicated to the great crab and especially gastronomic experiences in relation to the the. Varanger Festival is a blues and jazz festival held each year in early August.
The nearest airport is Vadsø Airport which is located about three kilometers east of Vadsø.