The most interesting places we have ever visited is this small village in the northeastern Norway.
The way, the only one, to the village.
The village of Pykeijä.
The small, brown cottages on the shore were for hire. We stayed in the second from right. These cottages were tired to the ground with thick ropes, so heavy winds can´t throw turists to the sea.
The view at the cottage door.
An old fish factory.
So peaceful, so beautiful.
More information Wikipedia:
Bugøynes (Finnish: Pykeijä) is a fishing village in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county in northeastern Norway. The village is situated along the Varangerfjorden which is a vast bay off the Barents Sea (a part of the Arctic Ocean), near the border with Russia. The village is situated some 500 km (310 mi) north of the Arctic Circle, with nearly 230 inhabitants. The village is populated by many Finnish-speaking residents, leading to the village being referred to as Lille-Finland or “Little Finland”.
The name Bugøynes means “bay island headland”, from bug (bay, inlet) + øy (island) + nes (headland). Bugøya (the island with several inlets) has also given its name to the neighbouring Bugøyfjord.
Bugøynes was settled by Norwegians in the 17th century – but later deserted. It was repopulated by people from Finland in the 18th century.
Bugøynes was one of very few places that was not burnt and destroyed under Operation Nordlicht (1944–45).
Before the road was built to Bugøynes in 1962, the main link between Bugøynes and the rest of the world was by sea. The most-visited town in those days was Vadsø, across the Varangerfjorden. Although the town of Kirkenes, on the southern side of the fjord, was the local administrative centre for Bugøynes, it did not become the centre for shopping until people could reach it by car.
Now most trade in this part of Finnmark takes place in Kirkenes. Workplaces in Bugøynes include fishing, salmon and other fish processing, the processing of reindeer meat and game, as well as slipway and machine workshops. The village has one grocery shop, a post-office, a bistro and a doctor’s surgery (every other Thursday). There are also a children’s nursery, a school, a retirement home, a library branch (not anymore), a dentist (not anymore), and Bugøynes Chapel.