Your guide meets you at the dock and provides safety instructions before you climb onto the vehicles and drive in pairs to a viewpoint overlooking the Sydvaranger mines. Here, the guide explains the history of the iron ore pits. Then you proceed to Skafferhullet, the former border crossing between Murmansk County, Russia, and Finnmark County, Norway, and you see a Russian dwelling and chapel.
This border was closed for a long time when tensions were high between Russia and NATO, in which Norway is a member. Then you continue to the current border station between Russia and Norway, Storskog, where you stop for coffee and a snack. On the way back to Kirkenes, you briefly stop at the top of Prestfjell Mountain to admire the view of both the town and your waiting Hurtigruten ship.