Dynamic Variation:
Offers
x

There was not an exact match for the language you toggled to. You have been redirected to the nearest matching page within this section.

Choose Language
Toggling to another language will take you to the matching page or nearest matching page within that selection.
Search & Book Sponsored Links
Search
or search all of Norway

KIRKENES

Arctic adventure in the far northeast

Kirkenes in Northern Norway .
Photo: Monika Raab
Kirkenes in Northern Norway .
Photo: Monika Raab

It is known as the capital of the Barents Region...

... and the small town, located in the far northeast of Northern Norway, is full of life and adventure!

Kirkenes in Northern Norway .
Photo: Monika Raab
Kirkenes in Northern Norway .
Photo: Monika Raab

Imagine waking up in a frozen world, where everything around you is made of ice and snow.

Snowhotel Kirkenes .
Photo: NevraArts
Snowhotel Kirkenes .
Photo: NevraArts

...you can experience it in real life at Kirkenes Snowhotel!

The hotel is open year around, and the temperature inside is a constant minus four degrees Celsius. But don't worry – the reindeer hides will keep you warm and comfortable.

Kirkenes Snow hotel in Finnmark .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Visitnorway.com
Kirkenes Snow hotel in Finnmark .
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Visitnorway.com

Do you dare to take the plunge?

Kirkenes is one of the most important ports for harvesting king crabs in the Barents Sea.

Join a safari!

King crab safari in Northern Norway .
Photo: Siv Nærø – Visitnorway.com
King crab safari in Northern Norway .
Photo: Siv Nærø – Visitnorway.com

Visit historic Oscar II’s Chapel Stone church, located in the small village Grense Jacobselv.

The stone church was erected by the Russian border in 1869 as a means of defending the Norwegian bank of the river.

Oscar II’s Chapel Stone church .
Photo: Visit Kirkenes
Oscar II’s Chapel Stone church .
Photo: Visit Kirkenes

Hop aboard a dog sled, and let your new four-legged friends take you on an Arctic adventure through the wilderness!

Husky tour in Kirkenes .
Photo: Snowhotel Kirkenes / Book Finnmark
Husky tour in Kirkenes .
Photo: Snowhotel Kirkenes / Book Finnmark

The 100 km-long valley, Pasvikdalen, has large pine and birch forests, protected primeval forests, and wetland areas with rich and diverse flora and fauna.

It's also the home of Norway's largest brown bear population!

Autumn in the Pasvik Valley .
Photo: Visit Kirkenes
Autumn in the Pasvik Valley .
Photo: Visit Kirkenes

You can learn more about the wildlife, as well as the culture and history of the Pasvik Valley, at the  Øvre Pasvik National Park visitor centre.

You can also hike on your own and explore beautiful and remote areas. You might even spot some exciting animal tracks!

Pasvik Valley .
Photo: Visit Kirkenes
Pasvik Valley .
Photo: Visit Kirkenes

Kirkenes is the last stop on the Hurtigruten and Havila coastal routes, but you can also start your cruise adventure here and sail the opposite way down Norway's coast. If you are lucky and the season is right, you can experience the northern lights

If you want to explore more in the Finnmark area, a good tip is to book a round trip with public transport!

Spotting the Northern Lights from Hurtigruten .
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Spotting the Northern Lights from Hurtigruten .
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Kirkenes is certified as a Sustainable Destination.

Although this does not mean that the destination is sustainable, it does mean that it has made a commitment to work systematically to reduce the negative effects of tourism.

Puffin in Kirkenes .
Photo: Roy Mangersnes / wildphoto.no / nordnorge.com
Puffin in Kirkenes .
Photo: Roy Mangersnes / wildphoto.no / nordnorge.com

A snow hotel, dramatic World War II history, and king crab safaris are among the many exciting attractions awaiting visitors in Kirkenes.

Although Kirkenes is a small town, it has a multicultural population thanks to its location close to the borders of Finland and Russia. That's why you can find signs on different languages all around town.

Kirkenes offers lots of activities all year around. Among the most popular summer activities are boat trips, hiking, diving, fishing, hunting, climbing, and bird watching. During winter, activities include dog sledding trips, snowmobile tours, ice fishing, and king crab safaris.

The area is also a fascinating destination for history buffs. WWII definitely left its mark on Kirkenes, with the town experiencing more than 320 air raids. Andersgrotta, an underground bunker that was used as a shelter during the war, is now a museum.

There are several options for getting to Kirkenes. Find more inspiration on Northern Norway's official website.

Explore all the options below, or go directly to:
Things to do | Where to stay | Food and drink | Getting here and around

Top things to do in Kirkenes

Where to stay

Food and drink

Getting here and around

Get in-depth travel information for travelling to Northern Norway
Plan your trip to Kirkenes with Entur.

Top attractions in Kirkenes
15 min transfer by bus from Kirkenes to our basecamp. Snowmobile tour with local guide and interesting information along the way. The trip goes in a… Read more
Snowmobile safari Kirkenes with Barents Safari
Thon Hotel Kirkenes opened May 3rd 2010, and is located at the wharf in the centre of the town. The hotel has 144 rooms, a restaurant and bar with an… Read more
Thon Hotel Kirkenes
Get to know Kirkenes in 1 hour. A local guide will take you on an interesting tour of the city. In winter we can offer the trip with kicksledge, our… Read more
Guided walk Kirkenes town
Tour with local guide (Norwegian, English or German speaking) through the town and surroundings incl visit at two viewpoints, the Russian bordern en… Read more
Kirkenes sightseeing and Russian border - private tour
We offer transport with high comfort in our new Mercedes Sprinter minibuses. In addition, we also arrange transport in buses up to 50 seats and taxi… Read more
Pasvikturist Minibus - Transport and private sightseeing in Kirkenes and Finnmark
Welcome to our restaurant in the heart of Kirkenes. Try our delicious pizza from our own bakery, or choose from our ala carte menu where you will find… Read more
Ritz Ribago Kirkenes
Welcome to our bakery and patisserie in the middle of Kirkenes (in the pedestrian zone). On nice summer days we also have outdoor seating. We have a… Read more
Amundsen Bakery in Kirkenes
We offer transport in Kirkenes and the whole region. Read more
Kirkenes Taxi
We pick you up from your hotel and transport you to Snowhotel Kirkenes, where our snowmobiles are ready. Read more
Snowhotel Kirkenes - Snowmobilesafari 4 hours
Destinations in Northern Norway
From local food and mountains soaring above deep blue fjords to the midnight sun and the northern lights – discover the Arctic capital,… Read more
Tromsø
The UNESCO-listed Vega Islands have been named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. Read more
The Vega Islands
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
The Lofoten Islands
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog sledding under the northern lights, and never-ending daylight in the… Read more
The North Cape
In the city of Alta you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, sleep in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern light. Read more
Alta
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in Nordland is also just a boat ride away from the old… Read more
Bodø
Experience the cultural hub of Bodø as well as untouched nature, the world’s strongest tidal current, and remarkable, windswept… Read more
Salten
Get ready for an Arctic adventure with whale watching, cool museums, hiking and snowshoeing. In Vesterålen, you can combine wow experiences with… Read more
Vesterålen
Go hiking in the mountains, explore the archipelago in a kayak or RIB, and join exciting cultural events. Harstad is the perfect base for a holiday in… Read more
Harstad
The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and… Read more
The Svalbard Islands
In Helgeland, you can paddle around the UNESCO-protected Vega islands and climb mountains like Torghatteen and The Seven Sisters. Or try the… Read more
Helgeland
Join a dogsled expedition, learn to throw a lasso, and experience the Sami culture first hand in Karasjok and Kautokeino. Read more
Land of the Sami
Discover Narvik, a town above the Arctic Circle where nature is your playground. Go hiking, skiing or climbing and experience the midnight sun in… Read more
Narvik
Go hiking and kayaking under the midnight sun, or skiing and dog sledding under the northern lights. Or simply kick back and enjoy some of the most… Read more
Senja and Central Troms
An urban gem on a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an Arctic city full of life and outdoor adventure. Read more
Hammerfest
In Nordkyn, the northernmost region on the European mainland, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, world class fishing, Arctic adventures and… Read more
Nordkyn
Lyngenfjord and the Lyngsalpene mountain range are an Arctic area full of exotic and family-friendly outdoor activities that offer pure,… Read more
The Lyngenfjord region
Kystriksveien is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Along the road you can climb the mountains Torghatten and De syv søstre,… Read more
Kystriksveien – the coastal route
In the northeastern most corner of Norway, birds cling to the rocky coastline in a dramatic Arctic landscape. Welcome to wild and rare nature,… Read more
Varanger
Select
    Show Details
    Statens Kartverk, Geovekst og kommuner - Geodata AS
    • Varanger by road

      By road

      Roads have a high standard, and are for the most part open all year, except for some mountain passes serving small fishing villages on the coast, which may occasionally be closed in 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.

      Ad: AutoEurope - always a smooth rental experience

    • Varanger by boat

      By boat

      Hurtigruten and Havila both call at harbours in Varanger: Berlevåg, Båtsfjord, Vardø and Vadsø.

      The ships begin their return journey to Bergen in Fjord Norway in Kirkenes, calling at the same ports on the way back, with the exception of Vadsø.

      Ad: Hurtigruten - "The World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage"

    • Varanger by plane

      By plane

      Kirkenes Airport is the nearest of the regional airports, offering several daily connections to Oslo, and connecting flights to many smaller communities such as Vadsø, Vardø, Båtsfjord, Berlevåg and Mehamn, as well as connections to Alta and Tromsø, among other destinations. You can also fly from Helsinki to Ivalo in Finland and rent a car to drive to Varanger from there.

      Ad: Widerøe - the largest regional airline in Scandinavia

    Search for trips with Entur and receive suggestions based on the entire Norwegian public transport system.

    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 sometimes 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

    Learn more about the northern lights.

    Dynamic Variation:

    More Kirkenes & Eastern Finnmark attractions

    No need to wait until you’re here. Filter your search and check out the offers below.

    ×
    • Filters
      Filter Your Search
      TripAdvisor Symbol
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      General
      Accessibility
      Age limit
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Discount
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Effort level
      Landscape
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Price range
      Season
      Accommodation
      Camping
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Hotel facilities
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      In-room facilities
      Ski resorts
      Outdoor Activities
      Activities
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Alpine Skiing
      Biking
      Canoeing & kayaking
      Cross-country skiing
      Fishing
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Hiking
      Wildlife safaries
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Winter activities
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Plan Your Trip
      Getting here
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Services
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Taste Norway
      Norwegian cuisine
      Pubs & Bars
      Restaurant & café
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Things To Do
      Activities
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Activities for kids
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Beaches
      Shopping
      • Show More
      • No available filters
      Theme park
      Clear Filters
    • View
    • Sort By
    Filter Your Search
    TripAdvisor Symbol
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    General
    Accessibility
    Age limit
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Discount
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Effort level
    Landscape
    • Show More
    • No available filters
    Price range