Hornøya (Finnmark)

Hornøya is a small, 0.4 square kilometres (99 acres), uninhabited island in Vardø Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. It lies in the Barents Sea, just east of the larger island of Vardøya where the town of Vardø is located. Vardø Lighthouse is situated at the highest point of the island, at an elevation of 65 metres (213 ft) above sea level, and it protects the shipping lanes around the town of Vardø. The island is the easternmost point of Norway proper.[1][2]

View of Hornøya and Vardø Lighthouse
Hornøya is located in Finnmark
Location in Troms og Finnmark
LocationTroms og Finnmark, Norway
Coordinates70°23′16″N 31°09′19″E / 70.3877°N 31.1553°E / 70.3877; 31.1553Coordinates: 70°23′16″N 31°09′19″E / 70.3877°N 31.1553°E / 70.3877; 31.1553
Area0.4 km2 (0.15 sq mi)
Length900 m (3000 ft)
Width700 m (2300 ft)
Highest elevation65 m (213 ft)
CountyTroms og Finnmark

Important Bird AreaEdit

The island is included in the Varangerfjord Important Bird Area (IBA), designated as such by BirdLife International for its support of large numbers of waterbirds, seabirds and waders, either breeding or overwintering.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Norwegian Mapping Authority. "Ytterpunkter for kongeriket Norge" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  2. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Hornøya" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  3. ^ "Varangerfjord (including Hornøya and Reinøya)". BirdLife Data Zone. BirdLife International. 2021. Retrieved 2021-12-04.