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People in the snow hotel in Kirkenes
Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Finnmark.
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Visitnorway.com

Arctic adventures by the Russian border

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.

Puffins in Varanger.
Photo: Roy Mangersnes / wildphoto.no / nordnorge.com
Steilneset, Vardø
Steilneset Memorial in Vardø.
Photo: Jarle Wæhler / Statens vegvesen
Snow mobile in Kirkenes.
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Visitnorway.com
King crab safari in Kirkenes.
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Visitnorway.com
Kirkenes Snøhotell, Finnmark
Kirkenes Snow Hotel.
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Visitnorway.com

Find activities and attractions

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.

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Seasons and climate

Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark has a humid subarctic continental climate with cool summers and no dry season.

The midnight sun shines from May 17 to July 21.

The winter darkness extends from November 21 to January 21. During winter you can experience the northern lights in Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark.

The winter climate in Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark is cold and dry, with a mean winter temperature of approximately minus 8-10 degrees Celsius. 

July is the warmest month with an average temperature of 14,8 degrees Celsius. 

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