Best Things To Do in Kirkenes, Norway

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The City of Kirkenes is pretty different from those other cities when it comes to attractions or food. Tourism in Norway is on a different level altogether. The exciting and informative tours give tourists a better insight of the city. Undoubtedly the tours make for entertaining and adventurous experiences. The city also has museums, nature reserves, monuments, etc. that are worth visiting at least once.The city of Kirkenes is more lively with ample of activities to enjoy during the extended cold season. As the climate is cold and the temperature drops below 0C, the snow makes for plenty of attractive adventures and sightseeing that would keep you coming back for more. A few of these attractions include

  • Crab Tours: Kirkenes is known for the delicious king crabs they serve. However, it does not stop there. The city has tours that allow tourists and locals to travel to the place where they catch crabs. Through the tour one can select their king crab and have it cooked and eaten fresh. These tours are completely worth it and must be given a try atleast once. a few crab tours to select from are; Barents Safari tour, Barents safari boat tour, King Crab Excursion, etc.
  • The Husky tour: The husky tour is a fun tour where you are taken around by huskies (dogs). The dogs are very friendly and tend to change the atmosphere with the excitement they show.
  • Kirkenes Snow Hotel: The beauty of this hotel is that it is made of snow. This is sure to be an experience out of the world. The temperature of the hotel is about -5 degree C. However, you can hire chalets if you don’t want to sleep on the ice bed. The hotel also arranges crab tours.
  • Museums and Caves: Kirkenes has a couple of museums that depict the culture and the history of the city beautifully. It also has a cave that came into existence during the Second World War.
  • Treriksroysa: This is a lovely experience of being a step away from entering Russia while enjoying your pleasant walk around the mountain with a little trek.
  • Pasvik Nature Reserve: A lovely place to sit back and relax by the Pasvik River and enjoy some fishing. You can also take a river cruise and watch closely the ducks, swans, geese, etc.You may also get a glimpse of the wildlife in the area.

Below we have a list of things to do in Kirkenes and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Kirkenes getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Kirkenes with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Kirkenes

Here is the list of things to do in Kirkenes and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Kirkenes Snow Hotel

    4.6 (438 Votes)
    Kirkenes Snow Hotel
    Kirkenes snow hotel: if you are looking for the ultimate snow experience, the Kirkenes snow hotel is much recommended on your trip to Kirkenes. Undoubtedly the small town faces snowfall for more than half a year but the snow hotel is definitely something one wouldn't think of. The beauty of this hotel is that it melts away and is rebuilt by a Chinese set of workers every year. The hotel has sno...Read more
  2. The Borderland Museum
    The Borderland Museum also known as Grenselandmuseet is closely located with the Savio museum. The museum depicts the history of Sor Varanger Community and tells about their past and present conditions. Moreover, the borderland museum houses exhibitions on WWII in "The Borderland", Sami culture, mining at AS Sydvaranger, the art of Kaare Espolin Johnsson and several exhibitions on the nature, c...Read more
  3. Overnight Snowmobile Tour
    Indulge in an activity that screams fun, the overnight snowmobile tour. The tour has several places to start from. However, the famous snow hotel of Kirkenes is the most preferred starting point. The tour starts with lunch at the snow hotel where you get introduced to your tour guide. Further you will be given instructions about the do s and don’t s on the tour. Finally as your tour start...Read more
  4. Gabba Reindeer Safari Park
    Gabba Reindeer Safari Park is a Reindeer park with reindeers as their chief attraction. It serves as an ideal place to watch wildlife and huskies. The park has an area where reindeers’ reside. If the climate is too warm you may not find the huskies around. The sled dogs are extremely friendly and you could spend the longest time playing with them. As the park adjoins the snow hotel visito...Read more
  5. Crab Excursion
    The city of Kirkenes is very famous for its crab excursion tours. During the tour you learn how to fish for crabs while late you are served a delicious meal of fresh crab meat. The city hosts a lot of tours for crab excursions and few of them may include; The Barents Safari tour, The Barents boat safari tour, the King crab Excursion tour and more. The tours come with options of getting to the f...Read more
  6. Husky Tours

    Outdoors, Trail, View Point, Rides

    You can get a lifetime experience once you take the husky tours. A sledge tour in the snow-capped mountain trails can give you an unmatched memorable experience for sure. The sledge will be pulled by ten husky dogs. You will surely be charmed by the magnificent view of the plateaus and mountains. The very tour can make you learn a lot about sledging and the adorable husky dogs. You can also tak...Read more
  7. Treriksroysa
    Treriksroysa (meaning three country cairn) is that strategic junction where the borders of Sweden, Norway and Finland meet. With the geographical features this place possesses it is referred to as a tripoint in Norway. The Treriksroysa can be easily recognized by a yellow dome-shaped stone made of concrete which stands in Lake Goldajarvi 1,604 feet above sea level. It was said it be the wo...Read more
  8. Andersgrotta Bomb Shelter
    Andersgrotta Bomb Shelter is a place that screens short films that gives the viewers an idea of how life was back in time when the civilians took refuge in Kirkenes. Andersgrotta screens films everyday during the summers, i.e. from May to September and is otherwise open only for a group of 10 persons or more. The bomb shelter is a good dig in the history of Kirkenes and is very informative when...Read more
  9. The Frontier Museum
    The Frontier Museum located in Kirkenes is quite close to the Borderland museum and the Savio museum. Located in the main building of the Sor-Varanger Museum, the frontier museum hosts exhibitions that relate to nature, culture and history pertaining to the frontier regions between Norway, Russia and Finland. The frontier museum also gives out information about many other museum departments aro...Read more
  10. Pasvik Nature Reserve

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    Pasvik Nature Reserve
    On a trip to the Pasvik Nature Reserve you would get a close glimpse of ducks, swans, geese and a few waders by the River Pasvik. In the nature reserve you can enjoy the sight of elf, moose, Reindeer, horses, bears, deer, etc. The park has a forest road which leads to Treriksroysa, the point where three borders meet. A visit to the reserve during autumn months offers a better atmosphere with ma...Read more
  11. Kirkenes Kirke

    4.5 (7 Votes)
    Kirkegata 5, 9900 Kirkenes, Norway
  12. Aurora Kino Kirkenes

    4.2 (17 Votes)
    Pasvikveien 2
  13. Pasvikturist

    4.7 (20 Votes)
    Dr. Wessels gate 9
  14. Samovarteateret

    4.6 (17 Votes)
    Presteveien 32
  15. Hurtigruten Quayside

    4.4 (1 Vote)
    Kirkenes 9900, Kirkenes, Norway
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  • Dear Sir/Madam Someone mentioned having seen a glass memorial to the Indigenous Sami Peoples in Kirkenes, it was located on or near the Russian border. Can you give me any information about this? I look forward to your reply. Thank you Sam

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    • Not much is known about a glass memorial of the Indigenous Sami People in Kirkenes. I suggest you ask the locals about it. 

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