Kirkenes Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by angiebabe
  • Things to Do
    by angiebabe

Kirkenes Things to Do

  • Kirkenes Church

    This is a huge church for a small population in Kirkenes. I entered in it when I heard the organ music. I liked the church. It is not old, it was build in the middle of the XIX century. The name of the city, Kirkenes, was given after the church.

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  • 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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  • Midnight-sun in Kirkenes: May 16th till...

    In the summertime it is best to get to Kirkenes during the so-called "Midnight-Sun" ! In the Arctic summertime the sun is shining almost all day long and for more than 2 months you will even see the sunlight to never totally disappear and that is the time of the Midnight-Sun. The time of the Midnightsun varies of course and the further north you...

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  • Nordic Lights / Aurora Borealis in...

    Nordic Lights / Aurora Borealisthat is a natural phenomenon that you can watch mainly in wintertime and you need to have a perfect combination of various situations:1) the sky has to be without clouds2) the sky needs to be dark, so you are able to see the reflections 3) you need certain activities of the sun, that are sometimes stronger and...

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  • The town of Kirkenes

    The town of Kirkenes is flat, easy to walk though and also easy to walk to from the Hurtigrutenship to the towncentre, that is in a distance of just some hundreds of meters.There is also a viewpoint, from where i took my photos,and there are some nice villas on that hill as well.

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  • The Jet-d'eau of Kirkenes

    The Jet-d'eau of Kirkenes looks a bit deplaced out on a lake and surrounded only by empty landscapes, but all citizens of Kirkenes seem to be very proud of it and this is why it is also shown on each and every sightseeingtour there.

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  • This is the parking at the russian...

    This is the parking at the russian border, there are some souvenirshops (hidden behind the bus in my main photo), some toilets and thats it. And there are the flags of Russia and Norway of course. And the borderline of Russia does not look any special,it rather looks like the entrancegate to a big company that is fenced in and in the distance you...

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  • Take an excursion to the Russian Border

    Hurtigruten offers an excursion to the russian border, you will see a bit of the landscape plus this very special point at the border that had a lot more sense to go in the times of the Cold War of course. It was a nice excursion, but you will miss to see the town of Kirkenes, except for a few minutes, when you are driven through some roads.I had...

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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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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

  • Rent a QUAD or SNOW-SCOOTER

    You can also rent a QUAD while staying in Kirkenes for a longer time, or while your ship is in port. There were several quad waiting for customers, so that would be another way to have a great time and explore the area around Kirkenes on your own.In winter you can rent a snowscooter, but I was told that in recent years it is not always sure that...

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  • Taxis & local buses

    There are a lot of small tour-buses and taxis waiting for customers in the port of Kirkenes, every day when the Hurtigrutenship arrives. Most of them had been reserved, but some are also hoping to find some customers renting them for a private tour. On the total I think that is a good way to see Kirkenes and the surrounding area, any when you are a...

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  • E 105 / E6 is the road to Murmansk

    E 105 / E6 is the road to Murmansk and as you can see, inscriptions are printed in cyrillic letters as well and I even saw a private car and camper from Germany, who was about to enter Russia that way, and he had driven all the way through Norway to get to this point by car.You really need a lot of time to do so, the road looks quite the same...

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Kirkenes Shopping

  • at the russian border-station

    There is a small souvenirshop directely at the russian border-station and they sell a lot of the kind of wooden souvenirs like you might have seen them in Russia: dolls, eggs, toys etc. and some of them are really great works of art ! Did you see the icebear painted on the russian dolls, that is something I have not yet seen anywhere else.

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  • Shop till you drop

    There are quite a lot of international shops and supermarkets in Kirkenes and the reason for that is the closeby russian border and a lot of russians are obviously doing their shopping there. Something else that is interesting to know about norwegian shops is that the openingtimes are always indicated already at the facade like in my 2nd...

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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 Warnings and Dangers

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    by globetrott Written May 18, 2010

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    NEVER cross this line unless you want to enter russian territory AND have a valid Visa and your passport handy ! The gates are almost all the time open, but as soon as you get intothe are behind the gate in front you are touching the russian ground and the russian authorities there dont understand any jokes of the tourists. Most of the time there is a norwegian guard standing in front as well, but sometimes not.

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Kirkenes Off The Beaten Path

  • Kirkenes is the endpoint of the...

    Kirkenes is in the north-east-end of Norway, directely at the russian border and it is also is the endpoint of the coastal-cruises of all Hurtigruten-ships . It is an interesting outpost close to the russian border, the next russian town is Murmansk.Hurtigruten offers an excursion to the russian border, you will see a bit of the landscape plus this...

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  • 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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  • The world's most solid waiting-hut

    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...

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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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    Aug 31, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    I left my hart there...want it back ;)...fall in love in a place and ppl

 
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