Kirkenes – right on the border

The Norwegian Border

Excursion

Price from $225

Difficulty level

Level 1: For everyone

Booking code

HR-KKN7A

Duration

3 hours

Notes

Read practical information below

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  • Learn more about the area’s unique intercultural history and heritage

  • Tour the WWII bomb shelter at Andersgrotta and watch a short documentary

  • Stop at Prestfjellet Mountain viewpoint which overlooks Kirkenes and the coast

  • Visit Norway’s only border station with Russia, located at Storskog

Join us as we venture by bus from Kirkenes to the nearby Norwegian-Russian Border at Storskog. Along the way, you’ll learn about the eventful history shared by both countries.

Flanked by the scenery of the Siberian Taiga, a vast forest that extends across eastern Europe for thousands of square miles, our bus drives across the calm Pasvik River and through the beautiful Pasvikdalen Valley. Rich with flora and fauna, the valley is home to Norway’s biggest population of brown bears.

Stopping at Storskog, we stand at one of the most guarded crossings in Europe. Although not permitted to cross over the boundary, we are allowed take pictures.

From here, we travel to Andersgrotta, Kirkenes’ largest WWII bomb shelter. We’ll watch a fascinating film about the experiences of locals during that tumultuous period.

Before boarding our ship back in Kirkenes, we ascend the Prestfjellet Mountain for a wonderful view of the town and surrounding landscape.

Practical information

  • Embarking/disembarking port: Kirkenes

  • Available period: All year

  • Transportation: Bus

  • Meals: N/A

  • Clothes: Comfortable shoes and warm clothing

  • Because the excursion runs late, it is recommended to either take the evening (not midday) flight out of Kirkenes or to overnight in town.