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Waiting for Hurtigruten in Finnmark, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life
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Waiting for Hurtigruten in Finnmark, Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life

Getting to Eastern Finnmark

Frequent flights travel over long distances, Hurtigruten shows off the coastline and buses cross all borders. It is easy to reach Eastern Finnmark.

By air

Kirkenes is the main gateway by air, while Widerøe's planes reach all coastal communities. 

  • Kirkenes (KKN) offers several daily flights to Oslo with SAS and Norwegian
  • Vadsø (VDS), Vardø (VAW), Båtsfjord (BJF), Berlevåg (BVG) and Mehamn (MEH) are served by the Widerøe STOL network. They can be reached via Kirkenes, and sometimes Alta and Tromsø too.

By bus

Long-distance bus routes terminate in Eastern Finnmark. Departures are not frequent, so you need to plan. You can also reach Murmansk and Finland by bus. From Western Finnmark and Tromsø:

  • Alta – Kirkenes: 11 hours/3 departures per week
  • Daily bus service form Tromsø to Alta. Accommodation required in Alta before onward travel to Kirkenes.

From Finland

The Finnish bus company Eskelisen Lapin Linjat operates a range of buses between Rovaniemi and Northern Norway. 

  • Rovaniemi – Tana bru: 4 departures per week in winter. Daily in the summer.
  • Rovaniemi – Tana bru – Vadsø: Daily summer route.

From Russia

  • Murmansk – Kirkenes: One bus daily, operated by Privjet. Note: Visa necessary, must be pre-booked. 

By sea

The Hurtigruten calls at Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, Berlevåg, Båtsfjord, Vardø and Vadsø on its way to Kirkenes, calling at all ports on the return leg except Vadsø. For independent travellers, Hurtigruten can be a smart way to travel. 

  • From Honningsvåg (North Cape), Kjøllefjord and Mehamn, there is one night on board before arriving at Kirkenes in the morning. From Kirkenes, Vardø and Båtsfjord, there is one night on board before arriving at Honningsvåg (North Cape) in the morning. 
  • Vadsø – Kirkenes is a short sail in the morning, while the trip from Kirkenes – Vardø takes three hours in the afternoon.

By car

Eastern Finnmark's roads maintain a high standard. The mountain passes to the fishing villages on the coast are prone to winter closure. This occurs much less frequently in the interior and where the road follows the coast.

Distances

  • AltaKirkenes: 517 kilometres (321 miles)/7 hours
  • TromsøKirkenes: 826 kilometres (513 miles)/12 hours (807 kilometres (501 miles)/11 hours via Finland)
  • Varangerbotn – Hamningberg (Varanger National Tourist Route): 161 kilometres (100 miles)/2.5 hours
  • Tana bru – Gamvik (E6 — the road ends at the Nordkyn peninsula): 207 kilometres (129 miles)/3.5 hours
  • Kirkenes – Murmansk: 228 kilometres (142 miles)/3.5 hours
  • Kirkenes – Rovaniemi: 526 kilometres (327 miles)/7.5 hours

Border crossings

  • With Finland: Utsjok/Utsjoki (Tana)o Polmak/Nuorgam (Tana)o Neiden (west of Kirkenes)
  • With Russia: Storskog/Nikel: Visa for Russia
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Last updated:  2013-07-25
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Waiting for Hurtigruten in Finnmark, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life

Getting to Eastern Finnmark

Frequent flights travel over long distances, Hurtigruten shows off the coastline and buses cross all borders. It is easy to reach Eastern Finnmark.

Getting to Eastern Finnmark

Source: Visitnorway

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