World War II Coastal Fort

West of Gamvik's church, on the "Varen" hill, lie the remains of a German coastal fort.

The fort was constructed as part of the Atlantic Wall, a system of coastal fortifications along the western coast of Europe, to be used as a defense against an anticipated Allied invasion during WWII.

The fort had a company of around 150 men, and its main purpose was to protect German convoys on their way to Kirkenes during the German occupation.

The fort consisted of cannon batteries, bunkers, barracks, trenches and machine gun turrets.

When the German troops left Gamvik, the fort was demolished by explosives. However, several bunkers and installations still remain.