The Varanger area is a place of great contrasts: Lush, green farmlands and sterile tundra wasteland within walking distance of each other. Vegetation of rainforest-like density juxtaposed with landscapes that look way scarier than Mordor from Tolkien´s Lord of the Rings. And, in the middle of all this, the beautiful town of Vadsø (pop. 6500), which hosts one of Norway´s finest jazz festivals, Varangerfestivalen.
From the moment we arrived, we were very well taken care of by the excellent festival staff. Playing the concert was easy – the crowd was really listening, and the music was flowing freely. After the gig, we went to a king crab feast. As much fresh king crab as you can eat and a few beer – wonderful!