Destination Ekkerøy

Ekkerøy is one of the oldest fishing villages in Finnmark (Link to map). Previously a typical old Sami settlement along Varangerfjord. Ekkerøy became one of the new «Norwegian» villages. Residents typically lived off a combination of fishing and agriculture. The fjord was particularly rich in fish and later became attractive to Finnish settlers. Today there are around 40 residents in Ekkerøy.

As the «øy» in the name implies, it was originally an island, but people were gradually able to walk over the mainland at low tide. Nature gradually created a wide isthmus with fine sandy beaches on both sides.  Ekkerøy also has a 50-meter-high bird cliff which has one of the largest colonies of Kittiwakes in Varanger. Thousands of pairs breed here on the cliffs, creating nests out of mud and grass. White-tailed Eagles and Gyrfalcons make occasional passes around the cliff, attracted by the thousands of Kittiwakes.


Our privately-held companies Greater Arctic Holding and Marelius plan to build a resorts and a landscape hotels at Ekkerøy north. We work daily  to develop Varanger into a year-round sustainable tourism destination!


We connect the dots and work with people with talent, energy, and passion. We build networks with people and companies worldwide.The investment frame is from 2M EURO to  50M EURO. Today we control approximately 200.000 square meters of land in the North-Varanger region. Invest in silence, mother nature, the arctic ocean, sustainable tourism, and contemporary architecture together with us.


All year


King crab safari, birdwatching, Salmon fishing, deeps fishing, hiking, whale safari, dog sledding, northern light, midnight sun, biking.

Not so far away

Closest airport: Kirkenes (KKN) 2,5 hrs or Vadsø 15 minutes (VRD). Closest harbour: Port of Vadsø 30 minutes or Port of Vardø 1 hrs. Sail with Havila Voyages or Hurtigruten to or from Tromsø. 

Not so far away

By airplane

Cruise t/r Tromsø – North Cape – Varanger

Hurtigruten – Coastal Express
Havila Voyages

Approximate travel times to or from the north are: 35 hours

Perfect locations

We have some fantastic resorts concepts anchored to five unique locations and land areas in Varanger. Some of the locations are connected to old fishing villages, there are bird cliffs, shallow beaches, the possibility for different types of activities, and adventures within walking distance from the area.

Varanger is particularly suitable for developing world-class resorts and arctic tourist destinations. Our guests will experience summer and winter adventures from Hamningberg and East Cape to Nesseby and Tana in the west. We will bring them to the peninsula in the north and the Varangerfjord in the south.

Reason to go

Aurora borealis
Whale and King crab safaris
Sami culture and experience
Virginity – untouched wild nature
Old culture and history
Steilneset Witch Memorial
Hornøya bird cliff
Cultural heritage area
Varanger Peninsula National park
Varanger National scenic route
Varangerfjord and the Barents Sea
East Cape
Explore space, place and silence

Why invest here?

In 2018*, the tourism industry in the north of Finland generated 1 billion Euros and entertained guests from 140 countries. It is estimated that in 2026 the turnover will be 3.6 billion Euros and create 10 million book-lodging days.
Numbers from Statistics Norway in 2016 show that the tourism consumption for Norway was 170 million Euros. This is the second year with strong growth and for these two years, the increase was 17 percent. During the last years, there has been a marked increase in the tourist industry, especially in Troms and Finnmark. It’s just a matter of time when Nord-Varanger (Coast Of Lapland) will be a part of this market. * Before the pandemic.

Raw place with lots of space

Listen to the sound of silence

Local food / Seafood / Berries / Salmon

Arctic lights – Arctic nights

Part of Sápmi with Sami culture

Insta-friendly destination

Normal temperature

Fresh air and clean water

Only 8500 people in the region

Greater Arctic Holding AS 
Marelius AS
Ottar Zahl Jonassen
m. +47 93824248
Ottar (a)
The Icehouse
Postbox 101
NO-9811 Vadsø