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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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  • Kirkenes road

    By road

    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 are 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.

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  • Kirkenes boat

    By boat

    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.

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  • Kirkenes plane

    By plane

    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.

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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. 

Get the latest weather forecast on yr.no

Read more about the northern lights.

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