The war remains at Kongsfjord
are worth seeing
The Veines peninsulaOn this peninsula we can see the war remains at Kongsfjord. Here are the remains of the German coastal fortress. "Veines" is also called "Veidnes". Both mean "Hunting peninsula".
The Veines battery HKB 4/448 arrived Kongsfjord in December 1941. The battery was ready for use in 1942. With this battery they could secure their own ships in cooperation with the batteries at Berlevåg and Makkaur.
The batteryThe Veines Kongsfjord battery was staffed with around 140 military personnel. The battery had 5 French cannons with a reach of 18.500 metres. In addition they had 3 anti-tank cannons plus some machine gun positions. (Photo: Martti Hagman)
The tankThe Germans also had a Renault tank there from World War I. But this tank was stationary. It could not move anywhere.
In the years since the war the tank has been stripped of different parts. In recent years a group of people has tried to restore the tank, but regrettably even after this work started, thieves have even tried to cut out bits of the tank with a blowlamps. (Photo: Martti Hagman)
Here is an underground tunnel at Veines Kongsfjord. As you can see it is still quite intact. (Photo: Martti Hagman)
Arctic OceanApart from being an old German fortress, Veines is also a beautiful place for hiking and watching birds. At the Veines peninsula you really are at the Arctic Ocean with a fantastic view in all directions.
Here is a map of the war remains at Kongsfjord to help you find them..
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