Thon Hotel Kirkenes

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

Johan Knudtzens gate 11, Kirkenes, 9900, Norway
Thon Hotel Kirkenes
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  • Business80

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Forum Posts

Russia and the Aurora

by Mickfortune

Is it possible to visit Russia without a visa?

Is it necessary to get out of the town if the aurora is active in order to see it well?

How can I get out of the town - taxi? bus? snowmobile?


Re: Russia and the Aurora

by Gili_S

its a small town, you can also walk...

Re: Russia and the Aurora

by ranger49

Are you talking about the Aurora that is permanently on show in St Petersburg, Russia?

Re: Russia and the Aurora

by GrumpyDiver

The light from the aurora is relatively faint and doesn't do well as well with competition from other sources of light, i.e. the moon, lights in town, etc.

Obviously it cannot be seen at all on a cloudy night.

Pick a clear, moonless night when there is activity and get out of this fairly small town for the best viewing.

Re: Russia and the Aurora

by Terje1966

Also keep in mind that you will have to obtain your russian visa in your country before you come to norway. There are also a lot of other things you should know regarding that visa regarding invitations,itinerary etc.

Travel Tips for Kirkenes

Local Custom or Tourist Trap

by Sue08080

I guess it's all in your outlook. We paid a visit to a Sami village, eating a meal of reindeer and enjoying an evening of Sami entertainment.

A Sami couple and their grand daughter welcomed us into their tent and proceed to both entertain and serve the meal. They sang their folk songs with enthusiasm. The reindeer dinner was an experience. My husband said it was actually not bad. I'd rather not eat meat especially after meeting it!

Look Into Russia

by travelfrosch

Kirkenes isn't far from the Russian border. You can travel to the border itself fairly easily (but not across without a visa!), either via taxi or the Hurtigruten "border tour" excursion. We didn't do either of these, but we wandered to the top of the hill overlooking Kirkenes and took a gaze to the east. Russia is over there somewhere -- just over the second ridge... or is it the third? Well, the views are nice, anyway.

The world's most solid waiting-hut

by globetrott

This is without doubt the world's most solid waiting-hut and you will find it in a small village close to Kirkenes, the village is called Bjoernevatn and you will pass by it, when driving to the russian border. When you enlarge my photos you will see what the local people used there as a solid cover of their bus-station.
Our tourguide told us that the former hut at this place was destroyed several times by young local people, before the town-government got the idea to build it in a more solid way.


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