Rica Hotel Kirkenes

Pasvikveien 63, , Kirkenes, Finnmark 9900

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by mandie301


Vigeland Sculpture Park is a part of Frogner Park, located in Oslo, Norway, 3 km northwest of the city centre. The park covers 80 acres (320,000 m2) and features 212 bronze and granite sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland. Vigeland personally sculpted every figure out of clay and individual craftsmen were contracted to fabricate the pieces into what they are today. These works of art reside along an 850 meter-long axis divided into six sections: The Main Gate, The Bridge, The Children’s Playground, The Fountain, The Monolith Plateau and the Wheel of Life.


View from the Rica Hotel, Kirkenes.
Kirkenes is a town in the municipality of Sør-Varanger in the county of Finnmark with a population of about 3,300. Kirkenes is located in the extreme northeastern part of Norway on the Bøkfjorden, a branch of the Varanger Fjord, which is a vast bay connected to the Barents Sea near the Russian-Norwegian border. The town is situated about 240 miles (400km) north of the Arctic Circle.

The area around Kirkenes was a common Norwegian-Russian district until 1826, when the present border was settled. The original name of the headland was Pisselvnes ("*** river headland"!)—but this was changed to Kirkenes ("church headland") after the church was built in 1862

"The Hurtigurten ferry"


flying over Finland shortly after leaving Kirkenesflying over Finland shortly after leaving Kirkenes

Wartime relicWartime relic

Russia is over there somewhere...Russia is over there somewhere...

The MuseumThe Museum

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Kirkenes travel options

by Swede123

Where can I find travel options once I depart the boat in Kirkenes. I wish to travel by train south, perhaps to Trondheim and then east into Sweden. What are the best and economical routes and options ( train, plane, bus)that service this area?

Re: Kirkenes travel options

by globetrott

I am quite sure that the next train is quite far away from Kirkenes.
Except that you choose your way back over Murmansk/Russia and start by bus from Kirkenes to Murmansk!
As far as I remember the only trainline they have there is for the mining-industry to take their goods to the port.
plane is a good option !

Re: Kirkenes travel options

by hexelein

Get a flight, it's the easiest option (it will probably be cheaper to go directly to Oslo rather than Trondheim). There are no trains north of Bodø, but if you do fancy going by train, you could take the bus / plane to Bodø and then the train from there to Trondheim, but that's a lot of travelling that could be done quicker.

For flights, see www.wideroe.no or www.sas.no

More on travel in/to/from Kirkenes: http://www.visitnorway.com/en/Stories/Getting-here-and-around/

Re: Kirkenes travel options

by Terje1966

Hi. Travelling in Finnmark, Troms and Nordland by bus in the summertime is a nice experience if you like to sit for hours and look out the window at wonderful nature.Remember that it is never dark and you will see Norway in a completely different way than from Hurtigruta. The busses and the roads are also of good standard.

An option to bus all the way to Fauske(to the east of Bodø) may be to connect to the swedish railway system in Narvik. From there you can take Ofotbanen to Kiruna in Sweeden and then head on south to Stockholm.

Travel Tips for Kirkenes

Artic Hospitality

by Sue08080

Meeting this Sami family was quite an experience. The grandparents' pride in their grand daughter was evident. The little girl was learning the songs of her ancestors and singing them with gusto! We enjoyed the performance.

Be prepared to freeze!

by Sue08080

At the end of our trip on the Hurtigruten we spent a day in Kirkenes. On a city tour we visited a World War II bomb shelter in a mine at Andersgrotta in the city center. A half hour film about the war in this area is shown in English, German and Norwegian.

We also drove a very short distance to the larger mines at Bjornevatn. These are iron ore mines.

Nearly 2,000 people sought shelter in there mines for 2 months in the autumn of 1944, while Germans razed the town and the Russians fought their way forward to liberate it on October 26. Ten children were born in the mines during that time.

I can tell you, we were there in July and it was freezing!

Border Relations

by o00o

Their advance was halted effectively, however, when the Russians stopped them a few miles from the border. The front remained there until autumn 1944, when the Soviet army attacked and entered Kirkenes on October 25. They then withdrew, passing administration over to the Norwegian authorities.


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