We start our excursion with a short trip to the jetty where riverboats are ready to travel up the Pasvikelva River, which divides Norway and Russia and has cultural and political history dating back thousands of years. While traveling upriver, you learn about the history of the Sámi people, saints Boris and Gleb, and St. Trifon of the Pechenga Monastery. We also learn about the region's strategic and geopolitical significance, and about the occasional fierce fighting between Allied and Axis forces here during World War II. At the border we go ashore and learn a little bit more about Norway’s relationship with its eastern neighbor.
We then enjoy a hot beverage, complemented with a dish of local cloudberries and cream. On the way back, the guide tells us about the rich plant and animal life that thrives in the area. Reindeer, bears, fish, and a multitude of bird species make this one of Norway's most exciting wilderness areas.