Gjesvær is an alive and thriving fishing village, where all boats are out from the pier on good days.
Gjesvær has a long history as a meeting place, home and fishing village. As the only place in Finnmark, Geirsver is mentioned in Heimskringla by Snorre Sturlason from 1225. We are barely 100 people living here now.
We dream and plan for that Gjesvær develops as a fishing village and a good place to be for residents, fishermen and guests.
Gjesværinger - as we are called - we love to travel by boat.
Certainly for fishing of course, but also for sightseeing. It is only ten minutes to the bird mountain, and some of us do not get tired of watching puffins, sea eagles, sea otters, auks, guillemots, cormorants and crutches. And if a whale appears, then happiness is complete. Yes, even though we see whales quite often, it is still just as majestic. Seals also thrive on the skerries.
Maybe we'll take a boat trip north, it is short to the North Cape. We look up at the queue of cars and people on the North Cape, laugh out loud and then go ashore at Knivskjellodden, which is actually the Northernmost point. We might head further around Magerøya and have lunch in Honningsvåg, and then pull up some King Crabs on the way home.
Or we just lie down in the nearest bay to relax and fish a bit again.
We live in the northernmost (well, everything here is the northernmost), but we probably also live in the only skerries in Finnmark.
It provides varied nature and good shelter from the weather and wind, for both birds and fish - and people.
It's good that the wine glass does not get spilled all the time.
We also love being in the mountains. There are countless hiking trails, fishing lakes, as well as small tourist cabins. And an overwhelming landscape, where there is only sky and mountains. Quite apart from the fact that we have the northernmost birch forest in the world. Which is actually a sight for us Finnmarkers, because it is several tens of miles to the next three!
Reindeer are probably also a sight for visitors. For us, they are practically as our house animals. The reindeer herd grazes in our gardens, and the reindeer ox greets us "good morning" by our front door.
In August, the berries are on our minds. Or, rather: We stand on our heads in the bog. But already in May, there is a smell of cloudberry heather throughout Finnmark. It is an experience in itself to feel the smell of cloudberry heather mixing with salty sea in the nose.
But for many of us, it is sport fishing who wins our time. "God has given us the time of darkness to give us luck and love. And the midnight sun to give us a good fish bite."
In the dark we can also lie and "look at the ceiling". Yes, at the Northern Lights. If you have not experienced the Northern Lights in a place that does not have electric light for miles, well, then you almost have to come JUST for that reason!
We are a little unsure whether we should start calling Finnmark "Funmark" instead
So well summed up: We have the sky and the sea. And heaven and mountains.
And a little bit in between.
And of course, you can also experience all this!
Nature is free, and nature is for free. What is often needed are some good tips on what and how. It costs nothing.
But if you are going to the sea or out into the wilderness, you need a boat and an acquaintance. And we can offer you that.
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