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Kirkenes Kirkenes
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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.

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Puffin Kirkenes
Puffins in Varanger
Roy Mangersnes / wildphoto.no / nordnorge.com
Steilneset in Vardø
Steilest Memorial in Vardø
Jarle Wæhler / Statens vegvesen
Snow mobile in Kirkenes
Snow mobile in Kirkenes
Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Visitnorway.com
Diver holding king crab, Kirkenes
Diver holding King crabs in Kirkenes
Terje Rakke/Nordic Life - Visitnorway.com

Where to stay

Food and drink

Getting here and around

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.
By road:
  • Long-distance express buses connect the region to points beyond, but departures are not frequent, so research and planning is required.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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