Esbensengården is a farm estate and trading post dating from the 1800s built by a merchant called Rasmus Galberg Esbensen who did business with surrounding towns and villages. In addition to the farmhouse, there was once a loading platform with four large outbuildings and a shop. A reindeer enclosure lies to the west of the house and to the north, there’s a garden with a gazebo. Today, just the main part of the farmhouse remains intact.
Esbensengården is built in a style adopted by the more affluent homes and public buildings along this part of the Norwegian coast in the mid-1800s. The timber farmhouse is built from Siberian larch, or so-called “Russian Timber”, as was common in Vadsø at this time. Three generations of the Esbensen family lived in the farm before Vadsø Municipal Council acquired it in 1976.