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Vardø itself is on the island of Vardøya, but the municipality includes significant area on the mainland of the Varanger Peninsula, including part of the Varangerhalvøya National Park in the southwest. Fishing and seafood processing remain Vardø´s major sources of income, although tourism is starting to become an important economic factor. The island is connected to the mainland via the undersea Vardø Tunnel. The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures at Vardø.

In the summer of 2012, Vardø hosted the urban art event Komafest, where 12 international artists painted tens of the town"s abandoned houses in a three-week period. The event was curated by noted Norwegian urban artist "Pøbel". Because of the population decline, Vardø was left with many empty buildings in various stages of disrepair. "Pøbel" wanted to organize a larger scale continuation of the "Getto spedalsk" project, where he and collaborator "Dolk" painted abandoned buildings in at the Lofoten islands.



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