This museum has a diverse collection of industrial and historical memorabilia (and even local school projects) from this region, the Sør-Varanger Kommune. The museum's centerpiece is the story of the Sami people who inhabit this border region, or "the land without borders" as the narrative calls it. It chronicles the arrival of outsiders who divided this region into 4 countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia), then brought war to it. Also included in this area are some exhibits about World War II, the Nazi occupation, and the Soviet invasion at the end of the war.
Co-located with this museum is a collection of artwork from John Savio (1902-1938), a Sami artist from the region.
Admission is NOK 40. The museum also has a small cafeteria that serves very nice waffles (NOK 15).
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My first sighting of the Northern Lights
Well actually Im now pretty sure that I was just seeing the edge of them when I was in Harvik one night but there were buildings in the way and couldnt get past them - but otherwise I definitely got to see them on my last night in Kirkenes Feb 2007 - so I was tremendously thankful and pleased that they finally came out to dazzle for me!
I had been up in the Arctic Circle in Finland one year for 5 nights and not seen them, had been in the Arctic Circle of Sweden and then to Harvik and then on the Hurtigruten for 3 nights and not seen them then been in Kirkenes for a night until finally....!
Here the colour is green - I had a bit of difficulty taking them - as only had my SLR on automatic setting but it turned out my digital didnt too bad a job...!
There are many different activities offered in Kirkenes. Like reindeer safari, snow hotel, visit to the military tower, snowmobiling, climbing, diving, lavvu, sledding, deep sea rafting, riverboat safari, dog sledding, king crab fishing and other adventures.
You can also visit the russian frontier and even go on daytrips to Russia. Pasvikdalen is a beautiful valley where many different companies offer daytrips or longer stays.
Finnmark's "Jet d'Eau"
As you enter Kirkenes from the west, you'll be greeted by a lake and fountain. While it's not exactly Lake Geneva or the Jet d'Eau, it's quite nice nonetheless. If I'm not being immodest, I suppose you could consider me a veritable fountain of knowledge about this.
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A short taxi ride from Kirkenes will get you to the Russian border. Across two chain-link fences is a tumble-down hut marked with Cyrillic letters.
On the other side is the Russian village of Boris Gleb, a collection of three- story houses climbing up a steep hillside and a small power station that seems to justify their existance.
- Historical Travel
Not much to see in the city
Obviouslt this place is not about sightseeing but it is all about to get your supply and continue to the nature.
The reason to go all the way far north is because of the nature of course, and the Neiden River is one of the attractions here.
Today, the most important enterprises include service industries, ship repairs, and various initiatives directed toward northwestern Russia.
The government is the majority shareholder and wishes to maintain the mining because the local community heavily depends on it.
- Family Travel
The town of Kirkenes was built up around the mining company AS Sydvaranger that mined iron ore up until 1996.
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