Kirkenes – right on the border

Riverboat to the Norwegian Border


Price from $262

Difficulty level

Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed

Booking code



2 hours 30 minutes


Read the practical information below

Riverboat to the Russian border Kirkenes Norway HGR 47047 Photo Orjan Bertelsen
  • Journey from Kirkenes by riverboat up the Pasvik River

  • See beautiful scenery and learn more about wildlife in the area

  • Visit the Norwegian-Russian border and hear about its history

  • Be treated to a hot drinks and cloudberries with cream

Join us for a guided riverboat tour of Pasvik River that serves as the natural boundary for Russia and Norway, two countries steeped in history and culture.  

As we sail the river, we’ll hear about the history of the Sámi people, an indigenous people renowned for nomadic reindeer herding in the region. Listen to the stories of Russia’s first martyrs, St. Boris and St. Gleb, and also of St. Trifon from the Pechenga Monastery, the most northerly monastery in the world.  

On reaching the border, you’ll go ashore and learn a little bit more about Norway’s relationship with its easternmost neighbour. We then settle down for a warm drink and a traditional Norwegian favourite: cloudberries and cream.  

Leisurely travelling back on the water, our guide will speak about the teeming animal and plant life that thrives in the area. Reindeer, fish, and bears make this one of the most diverse wilderness areas in Norway.

Practical information

  • Embarking/disembarking port: Kirkenes

  • Available from: 1 Jun-10 Sep

  • Transportation: Riverboat

  • Meals: Coffee or tea, cloudberries with cream

  • Clothes: Life vests are provided. Wear strong and comfortable shoes, warm and windproof clothing

  • This excursion runs in the morning. Therefore, guests disembarking in Kirkenes will need to be booked on the evening flight out of town, or staying overnight, in order to be able to participate.