Kirkenes Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Kirkenes Things to Do

  • Grenseland Museum

    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...

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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...

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  • Different activities

    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...

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  • 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.

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  • Neiden River

    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.

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  • 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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  • Border

    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.

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  • Russia

    Today, the most important enterprises include service industries, ship repairs, and various initiatives directed toward northwestern Russia.

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  • Work

    The government is the majority shareholder and wishes to maintain the mining because the local community heavily depends on it.

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Kirkenes Nightlife

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    by o00o Written Jan 14, 2003

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    The first present from sky. Even it took only a spark but this was really unforgetable. Eapecially with the city light of Kirkenes at the back.

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Kirkenes Transportation

  • Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer

    The coastal steamer arrives in Kirkenes daily at 10AM. The ship will then turn around and depart at 12:45PM for the 5-day return voyage to Bergen.Travelers have a variety of travel options and price ranges. You can take a full-up, 11-day "round trip" cruise, or a "half-round trip" (6 days north or 5 days south). Prices vary with time of year, class...

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  • Get Your Kicks on Route E6

    The main road through Kirkenes is the E6, which extends from Sweden through Oslo, then north and east along the length of Norway to Kirkenes. It even continues into Murmansk, Russia and beyond. We were doing the plane/train/boat type of trip, but that must be quite a road trip to take by car or camper. They might even make a TV show about it...

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  • Airport Bus

    The most cost-effective way of getting from Kirkenes town center to the airport is the "Flybuss." The bus departs from the town center, about 100 meters from the tourist office. Hurtigruten passengers can count on a special flybuss that departs daily at 10:00 from nearby the dock. You can book the bus onboard the ship before you depart.If I'm...

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Kirkenes Local Customs

  • Welcome to my home

    This Sami tent was the location for our evening of dinner and entertainment. There was a large fire in the center with benches around the entire perimeter. Reindeer was the main course, cooked on the fire and passed around to all.It was dark and dusky inside the huge tent. The entire evening was unlike anything I had ever experienced.

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  • Artic Hospitality

    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.

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  • Local Custom or Tourist Trap

    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...

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Kirkenes Off The Beaten Path

  • Viewpoint Height 96 in Pasvik valley

    Located in Svanvik 45 km from Kirkenes you will find the 96 høyden where you'll be able to see the city of Nikel.The tower is an old military viewpoint an is located on 96 meters with a great view of the Passvik valley and the landscaped on the russian side of the border.

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  • World War II Bunker

    If you walk up the hill past the snow fences, you'll stumble across a concrete emplacement and some rusted barbed wire. It's a reminder that this area, while peaceful now, was once a war zone.

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  • Look Into Russia

    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...

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Kirkenes Favorites

  • Tourist info

    There is useful tourist info in the city which can provide you a lot of information on the region, accommodation, transport, ferries, forest, trekking and fishing.

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  • Welcome to Kirkenes

    Certainly Kirkenes does its part to make you feel welcome. If you're arriving by air (or by road along the E6), you will be greeted by a huge "Welcome to Kirkenes" sign. If you didn't know it was there, and you want to thank me... you're welcome.

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  • A journey with a Hurtigruten ship

    I was so fortunate as to have the chance, during my year in Norway, to do an internship on the MS Kong Harald for about two weeks. I had a little berth on the ship, ate with the crew and worked about six hours every day. For that, I got the trip for free. I had to do all kinds of tasks, washing up, serving food, selling postcards etc. There was...

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