To the extreme northernmost stretch of Norway further above the Arctic Circle as well, lies the fin mark city of Kirkenes. The town of Kirkenes surrounds the mining company by the name of AS Sydvaranger that mined iron ore first, in the year 1996. This remote easternmost town of Norway was envied by most for its gateway position, ice-free harbor and proximity to various coal and nickel mines.
The city was targeted majorly during the Second World War and was bombed about 300 times. Kirkenes was very sensitive during the cold war as well.The city after this was almost entirely destroyed. The Second World War memorials and the underground bunkers built like caves by the Germans, once used for shelter and safety by the residents of the city, are now mesmerizing attractions of Kirkenes.
The strategic location of the city is its major asset. Water and air are the easiest modes of transport to the city of Kirkenes.The city of Kirkenes wouldn’t take you much time to explore. The town has a more rugged and subarctic landscape that ranges from the rocky coastline to Tundra and the vast dense forest.
Although, however remote or isolated the city may seem, it serves a lot of entertainment during the winter months especially.Several attractions like museums, nature reserves, monuments, etc. are part of Kirkenes. The city also has various tours and sightseeing. Exciting safari tours, husky tours, boat tours, private tours, an ice fishing expedition, etc. can definitely be an exciting and adventurous part of your trip to Kirkenes.If you are lucky you may spot some reindeer, foxes or bears during your tour. The Fjords of Western Norway are referred to as the best preserved attraction on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Take the Norway in a nutshell tour to explore the magnificent Norway fjords. As a side note, on your trip to Kirkenes also visit Oslo the capital of Norway.
Essential travel information and Kirkenes tips for your visit
- Kirkenes lies on the northeastern most part of Norway neighboring the Russian border. Make sure you do not cross the border even by mistake.
- A heavy fine is liable if the border is crossed.
- The climate of Kirkenes is very cold. Carry clothes that keep you warm.
- The food in this city is quite different from that of other cities. Expect different cuisines in Kirkenes.
- You can only make firewood of the wood that is fallen of its tree.
- Do not make firewood in a dry or windy climate.
How safe is Kirkenes for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kirkenes.
Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
Safety walking alone during night 100 (Very High)
Safety Index 97.06 (Very High)
Climate Index 47.82 (Moderate)
Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.
*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced and subjected to change without notice.