Teeming bird rocks in Hornøya, a snow hotel, dramatic war stories and a witch monument in Vardø are among the attractions awaiting visitors in Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark.
Visit a bird rock in midnight sun. Stay in a snow hotel under the northern lights. Go dog sledding or fish for king crabs along the Russian border.
A melting pot of Norwegian, Finnish, Sami and Russian culture, in a wild and beautiful landscape. The hotel…More
Thon Hotel Kirkenes opened May 3rd 2010, and is located at the wharf in the centre of the town. The hotel has…More
Roads have a high standard, and are for the most part open all year, with the exception of mountain passes serving small fishing villages on the coast. These are usually closed a few times during winter. Read more about driving in Northern Norway.
Long-distance express buses connect the region to points beyond, but departures are not frequent, so research and planning is required. Check out Snelandia's website for timetables and more information.
There are daily bus connections from Kirkenes to Murmansk in Russia, and more sporadically to Rovaniemi in Finland. Pre-booking and visa might be required.
Kirkenes is the northern terminus for Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Coastal Voyage, and in this region it calls at Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, Berlevåg, Båtsfjord, Vardø and Vadsø on its way there.
Hurtigruten turns around in Kirkenes and goes back to Bergen in Western Norway, calling at the same ports on the way back, except Vadsø.
Kirkenes Airport is one of the regional hubs for air travel, and offers several daily flights to and from Oslo.
From Kirkenes Airport, there are also connecting flights to many smaller communities in the region and beyond, such as Vadsø, Vardø, Båtsfjord, Berlevåg and Mehamn.
There are also connections by air to Alta and Tromsø.
Read more about the northern lights.
Summer and winter both offer great opportunities for exciting activity holidays in Norway, including dog sledding, biking, rafting and snowmobiling.Read more