Kirkenes is a small fishing village at the very tip of Norway as it loops above Sweden and Finland to its border with Russia. It marks the final stop on the Northern Norway coastal cruise route and its 3,000 or so locals speak a mixture of Norwegian, Russian, Sami and Finnish.
This former mining town is the capital of the remote Barents region, where beluga whales and brown bears can occasionally be sighted. It was heavily bombed during the Second World War and as a result, Kirkenes today is a modern, if somewhat unassuming place.
The surrounding region is well worth exploring, however, with opportunities for king crab safaris - the only place in Scandinavia where this can be done - as well as other popular Northern Norway holiday activities such as dog sledding and snowmobiling. Kirkenes is a good place to learn about Sami culture and also has its own Snowhotel, which is a wonderful way to experience the region in winter.
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This full-board, exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach Norway’s historic towns, fishing villages and Arctic fun. Everything from dogsledding and snowmobiling to the North Cape and the Russian border is set under the Northern Lights.
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Journey to the frontier town of Kirkenes in northern Norway where you'll spend four days exploring this stunning winter wilderness on the shores of the Barents Sea near the borders of Finland and Russia.
Hurtigruten ships have been an integral part of Norwegian coastal life for more than 100 years, delivering freight, post and passengers to remote communities between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes in the north.
There are a staggering 34 ports of call on this seven-day Hurtigruten cruise, travelling north up Norway's west coast from Bergen to Kirkenes, 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, some of which are rarely visited by other cruise ships.
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