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Visit Kirkenes


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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Hurtigruten – classic round-trip voyage

12-day fly-cruise from £1,190 pp incl. flights


Special fly-cruise fares

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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Top itineraries in Kirkenes

Kirkenes Snowhotel Break, Norway

4-day tailor-made journey from £1,450 pp incl. flights

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.

Cruise into the Northern Lights

5-day cruise from £849 pp incl. flights

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.

Hurtigruten - Classic voyage north

7-day tailor-made cruise from £580 pp

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.

The Great Norwegian Coastal Tour

18-day tailor-made journey from £2,540 pp incl. flights

The Norwegian coast, is a treasure trove of natural wonders, from the dramatic landscapes of Norway's fjords to the snow-clad peaks of the remote Lofoten Islands. Further north still, the Arctic capital Tromso offers up a wealth of activities, while the town of Kirkenes, is home to the Snowhotel.

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Top places to stay in Kirkenes

Kirkenes Snowhotel

Small & intimate hotel

Located "at the top of the world", Kirkenes Snowhotel resides in the Arctic town of Kirkenes neighbouring the Barents sea, close to the Russian border.

Thon Hotel Kirkenes

Contemporary hotel

As Kirkenes’s newest accommodation, Thon Hotel offers contemporary lodging in the town’s central quay with views over the fjord.

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When to go to Kirkenes

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