Staying on Hornøya: the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage

For those wanting to fully immerse themselves in the Arctic island experience, it is possible to stay overnight on Hornøya in the lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Built in 1959, It is Norway’s easternmost lighthouse, and protects vessels navigating into and around Vardø. Of course, the lighthouse is turned off from April to August every year as the Arctic midnight sun takes over, bathing Varanger in sunlight 24 hours a day.

The lighthouse keeper’s cottage is simple but comfortable accommodation. There are 11 beds over 7 rooms (rooms of 1 bed, 2 beds and 3 beds). Each room has a window with a fantastic view over the island. Bed linen is available for hire.

Accommodation on Hornøya is within the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, the larger white building with the grey roof. Fantastic views over the Barents Sea stretch out across the horizon.

The accommodation is self-catering, with a fully operational shared kitchen and dining area. An adjoining living room is a great place to relax. One bathroom is shared between all the rooms.

House Rules

The cottage has running water, though it is not suitable to drink. Drinking water must be brought with you to the island. Guests are asked to show moderation in running water consumption. 

There is a boot room at the bottom of the stairs leading to the cottage living area. Please do not bring shoes upstairs.  

During the summer, the lighthouse is home to a small number of research scientists, monitoring the breeding seabirds. Visitors are asked to respect these scientists who are carrying out important work.


Price: 400 NOK per person per night

Bed linen is available to hire for an additional charge. 1 set (sheets, blanket, pillow) = 100 NOK

Contact for booking: 

Vardø Havn Office is open daily 08:00 - 17:00 (excl. Sundays)

Tel: +47 78988277 / mob: +47 90179585

eMail: /

Staying in Vardø

Vardø is both Norway’s easternmost town and one of its oldest. An island itself, it is the gateway to Hornøya by way of a 10-minute boat ride from the harbour. Vardø is rich in history; from the famous witch trials of the 17th century, to the thriving Pomor trade with Russia spanning more than 100 years, to the town’s German occupation in the 1940s. Vardø also offers fantastic wildlife encounters. Steller’s and King Eiders use the harbour in winter and spring, and summer brings the chance to see Bluethroats, breeding Arctic Skuas and many species of wading birds. White-tailed Eagles, Gyrfalcons and White-beaked Dolphins could be seen around the town all year round. 

Vardø Hotel

Comfortable hotel serving excellent food.  The rooms have fantastic views of the harbour and the hotel is equipped with a gym, bar and situated next to the dock where boats leave for Hornøya. More information:

Skagen Bo & Havfiske

Leila and Svein Borgersen run this small but charming guesthouse just a few minutes from Vardø harbour. There is the opportunity to book a sea fishing trip and cooked food is available at the weekend.  More information:

Vardø town as seen from Hornøya