Kirkenes – right on the border

Riverboat to the Norwegian Border


Price from $199

Difficulty level

Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed

Booking code



2 hours 30 minutes


Read practical information below

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

  • Marvel at beautiful scenery and learn about the area’s wildlife.

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

  • Enjoy hot drinks and cloudberries with cream.

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

On the river, you’ll learn hear about the history of the Sámi, an Indigenous people renowned for their nomadic reindeer herding. Listen to the stories of Russia’s first martyrs, St. Boris and St. Gleb, and also of St. Trifon from the Pechenga Monastery, the northernmost monastery in the world.

At the border, you’ll go ashore and learn a more about Norway’s relationship with its neighbor. Then, we’ll settle down for a warm drink and a traditional Norwegian favorite: cloudberries and cream.

Leisurely traveling 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: June 1 - September 10

  • 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.