Kirkenes – right on the border

The Norwegian Border

Excursion

Price from $171

Difficulty level

Level 1: Easy - suitable for most people

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 World War II bomb shelter at Andersgrotta and watch a short documentary.

  • Stop at the Prestfjellet Mountain viewpoint overlooking Kirkenes and the coast.

  • Visit the only border station between Norway and 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 will travel across the calm Pasvik River and through the beautiful Pasvik Valley. Rich with flora and fauna, the Pasvik Valley is home to Norway’s largest brown bear population.

We’ll stop at Storskog, one of the most guarded crossings in Europe. Although we’re not permitted to cross over the boundary, we are allowed take pictures.

From here, we’ll travel to Andersgrotta, the largest World War II bomb shelter in Kirkenes. There, we’ll watch a short, fascinating film about locals’ experiences during this tumultuous period.

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

Practical information

  • Disembarking/embarking port: Kirkenes

  • Available period: January 1–December 31

  • Transportation: Bus

  • 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.