The only town in Norway where East meets West, Kirkenes represents the turning point of your Hurtigruten voyage. You can see the Russian influence characterized by street signs in both languages, and you can often hear Russian being spoken. We drive to the Norwegian-Russian border at Storskog. The border crossing defines the limits of the Schengen area, and is one of the most guarded borders in Europe. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to cross the border, but you can take pictures.
We continue to Gapahuken Restaurant with a spectacular view of Russia. Here we learn more about Russian culture, and get tastings on food from Russia. It is also possible to shop for Russian crafts. From here, we continue to the mining town of Bjørnevatn, where we visit the cold miner’s monument. Back in Kirkenes we will take you to another viewpoint on the Prestefjellet (mountain) for an overview of Kirkenes before we return to the ship.