Steilneset Memorial
Steilneset Memorial
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Steilneset Memorial or 'The Witches' Monument" commemorates the victims of the witches' trials in Finnmark during the 17th century. It consist of the House of Flames, with an artwork of French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, and the Memorial Hall designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. The Memorial was opened by Her Royal Higness Queen Sonja in 2011.
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Colin582
Melbourne257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Tucked away on the south side of Vardo this is not so impressive from the outside. But the inside opens up a strange eerie monument for the women killed as witches.
Written 5 October 2019
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MrS
United Kingdom497 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
If you walk quickly, it’s possible to visit this during the Hurtigruten stop. I strongly suggest you do, but do plan your route back to ship as you’ll be cutting it fine.

We visited in the dark, which makes the memorial even more atmospheric, but beware the paths to it are unlit once you get past the fort (take a torch / mobile phone).
Written 12 November 2017
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Hugh Fraser
Johannesburg South Africa44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
Louise Bourgeois and Peter Zumthor are already acclaimed as an artist and architect. This is a powerful memorial to the shameful and bizarre series of killing people for the practice of 'witchcraft'. It's a long trek to get to this region but apart from this attraction, the landscape is spectacular and the town is lovely and untouched.
Written 3 August 2017
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MikeBirdman
Acton, MA1,001 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Incredible and moving. Not what i was expecting. This is interesting, beautiful and moving memorial to those murdered as witches over a long time period. There was a pamphlet in English which i highly recommend reading describing what each person was accused of. The Louise Bourgois building with the eternal flame is eery and maybe the most evocative memorial i have seen. Highly recommend visiting, very moving and relevant to today’s world
Written 24 May 2023
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AP194R
Perth, Australia753 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
A great monument for the ' witches ' that were burnt here in the past . A very nice monument which is thought provoking with a dark passage with names etc of those who perished.
Written 24 March 2019
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Werner1960
Ulm, Germany55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Really impressive. A „must see“ and unique experience to walk through the dark corridor. The cube with the eternal flame is also very impressive. Unfortunately no translations into other languages available.
Written 2 March 2019
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Suellen T
Hobart, Australia48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
Located on the shore of the Barent's sea, also known as the devil's dance floor because of its wild and unpredictable nature, stands a dedication to 91 souls burned in the 17th century under suspicion of sorcery ... some were subject to the 'water ordeal' before that. This meant being thrown into the sea with hands and feet tied - this was a way of getting evidence if they (men and women) were a witch. Each story hung next to an exposed hanging light bulb and little window - so glad they had a little book with English translation! Lisbet's story - apparently she hid the evil one under her skirt, the devil in her heart, and could conjure storms.

Next to the walk through of stories in one structure, is another structure with a permanent flame fixed into a chair representing the burning. Above it hangs mirrors representing the jury that passed judgement. The atmosphere is moody and soulful. The architecture and design wonderful. Worth a visit.
Written 27 December 2017
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JariMa2013
Helsinki, Finland68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Solo
very impressive memorial place - nicely done and presented. For me, the number one attraction in Vardo.
Written 12 September 2017
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Carolyn D
Brighton, UK149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
This is just a short walk from the Hurtigruten stop. The installations are innovative and stunning. There is a free booklet in English that describes the people (mostly women) burned as witches. The landscape is remote and unspoiled. My teenagers found this interesting from an artistic and architectural point of view, but most of all for the social history where so many people were charged with witchcraft from such a small community.
Written 8 August 2017
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PaulaDDuck
Toronto, Canada190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
A memorial to the 91 women of Vardo and area who were accused of witchcraft and executed in the 17th century.
Written 20 October 2016
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