Edgar- The Captain
Edgar was born and raised in Nesseby, spending his childhood playing in the fishing harbor. In his 20s he was recruited on a fishing boat for the first time - and found his passion. After fishing professionally all over the North Atlantic from Novaya Zemliya in the east to Greenland in the west, from Spitsbergen in the north to Iceland in the south, he finally returned to Nesseby in 2005. His current vessel, Miss Crosby, is his second custom-made fishing vessel, adjusted for tourists.
I enjoy taking people to the sea» he says. Sharing his knowledge of the marine wildlife, king crab and fishing is his passion. «It is rewarding to see when people get a fish on the hook for the first time, it is like a revelation!»
By combining professional fishing and tourism, he continues the ancient tradition of occupational variety of the Sámi people in the area. In order to survive in the Arctic, you need to master many trades!
Living dependent on nature is challenging, but at the same time very rewarding. None of the days are the same. «I hope my guests get to experience this while staying at Varanger Lodge!» says Edgar. With no TV in the rooms, the nature outside the windows is the main entertainment. Adventures at sea and on land await right outside your door step.
Welcome to Varanger Lodge to experience Arctic luxury!
Varanger and the Arctic Seasons
Varanger peninsula is the only part of mainland Norway that has the climate of the Arctic. Its barren mountains are covered in shrubs and grasses only, with some birch tree forest down by the shore line. Winter snow lingers on the mountains often until mid-July. The peninsula is also home for reindeer, arctic fox, snowy owl and moose, among others.
Nesseby village lies 70 degrees north and the cycle of seasons is determined by the presence and absence of the Sun. The time of midnight sun, when the sun doesn’t go under the horizon, lasts from late May until end of July. The time of polar night, when the sun doesn’t come above the horizon, lasts from late November until almost end of January.
Northern Lights come about in the autumn as the evenings turn dark again. From end of September until end of March you can see these green flames above the fjord and mountains. At the same time you must be patient - this is a natural phenomenon, and no bookings in advance can be made! Solar activity determines how often the Northern Lights appear, and the weather must be on your side too. But if you are lucky enough to experience this magic of the skies, it will make memories for a lifetime!
Varanger has been inhabited continuously since the last ice age. The remains of human settlements in Mortensnes cultural heritage site are dated 10.000 years back in time. These hunter-gatherers lived off both marine wildlife, such as seal and fish, and birds and mammals on land. They followed the annual migration of species and made their shelter of local materials.
Even today the cycle of life in the sea is crucial for the local community. In the early spring the cod swims in from Barents Sea to spawn in the fjord. The spring cod is vital for the fishermen in the village, but also an important source of food for the local community. The cod liver has enabled human settlement so far north, where no other sources of vitamin D are available. The first meal prepared of fresh spring cod, cod liver and row is a true late winter feast!
In the summer the fjord is rich with a variety of species. You can catch cod, pollock, red fish, catfish or even halibut. Wild salmon and trout also swim up towards the rivers where they spawn.
The latest addition to Varanger fauna is Kamchatka red king crab. This delicacy is highly valued all over the world. On a King Crab Safari on board Miss Crosby you get the unique chance to taste it freshly prepared, right out of the ocean!