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Kirkenes Holidays

Kirkenes holidays

Kirkenes, located 15km from the Russian border, on the shores of the Barents Sea is a fascinating town to visit. A rich history of co-operation between neighbouring countries and of the Sami people – their heritage, conflicts and life today can be explored, and stories learnt about the town’s bombardment in World War II; the mining industry and of the diverse local wildlife.

The town of Kirkenes is located on the Barents Sea just 15km from the Russian Border. It is the furthermost extremity of northeast Europe and influences from the east are apparent.

Early in World War II the town of Kirkenes was occupied by the Germans, who were in search of an ice-free fjord to use as a natural harbour and from which to attack the Russian town of Murmansk. This occupation led to one of the most extensive air-raid assaults in World War II with more than 300 bombing raids taking place.

Kirkenes, Northern Norway

Holidays In Kirkenes

We would highly recommend a visit to Andersgrotta (a bomb shelter in the centre of Kirkenes) and the fascinating Frontier Museum which tells the history of the region and its people, including a detailed account of the events in World War II .

The region of Pasvik, of which Kirkenes is the main settlement, is home to the largest brown bear population in Norway. Some 300 bears live on the edge of the Siberian Taiga forest and their movements are tracked and recorded at the National Park Centre in Øvre Pasvik. A visit to the centre offers the chance to learn more about the brown bear and also other wildlife – in particular the birdlife – in the region.

During the winter months a host of winter activities are available from Kirkenes including visits to the Kirkenes SnowHotel; Northern Lights excursions by snowmobile and husky dog-sled; Snow shoe trips; Snowmobile safaris;Ice-fishing and King crab safaris to name but a few. Read more about winter activities in Kirkenes.

Kirkenes is the first port of call of the Hurtigruten’s southbound voyage. From here it is a 2-day cruise to Tromsø, 3-days to Svolvaer, 5-days to Trondheim and Alesund and 6-days to Bergen.

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