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History of

KIRKENES

The area around Kirkenes was a common Norwegian–Russian district until 1826, when the present border was settled. The original name of the peninsula was Piselvnes (Pis River headland), but was changed to Kirkenes (church headland) when the Kirkenes Church was built in 1862.

Only a few families lived in Kirkenes in 1906 when iron ore was discovered nearby. This led to the establishment of the mining company A/S Sydvaranger, and within a few years the population had swelled to 8,000. People moved here from afar to work, and in addition to Norwegian and Sami, Finnish, Russian, Swedish, English and German were widely spoken. Kirkenes was a major supplier of raw materials for artillery during World War I.

In 1908, Kirkenes became the northern turning point of Hurtigruten ships, which have transported visitors and freight to Kirkenes ever since...

Around

KIRKENES

Bugøynes

Bugøynes is a beautiful fishing village situated approx. 100 km west of Kirkenes. As the village was not burnt by the Germans during World War II, many old buildings are…
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Grense Jakobselv

If you want to visit the world’s end during your visit to Kirkenes then Grense Jakobselv is the place to go. The narrow river Jakobselv marks the border between Norway…
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Neiden

Neiden is a fascinating small village situated near the Finnish border approx. 45 km from Kirkenes. The people in Neiden have their history and origin from Skoltesami. Neiden, which lies along…
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The Pasvik Valley

Close to the borders of Norway, Russia and Finland, the Pasvik Valley (Pasvikdalen) stretches from Kirkenes in the north to the Three-country cairn (Treriksrøysa) in the south. The 100 km-long…
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The Taste of 

KIRKENES

In Kirkenes you can experience an unique assambly of dishes that is harvestet locally - some you can even harvest yourself! Here you can taste the famous King Crab, Reindeer, Arctic Charr, wild berries, Cheese, Moose, Pike, and then some. Here you can read about what, where and how you can get the tastiest experience in Kirkenes!

Arctic Charr

Arctic charr was among the first freshwater fish that immigrated to Norway after the last ice age. Today the Charr…
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King Crab

Due to its popularity amongst the locals, it is not uncommon to be served King Crab at parties in Kirkenes.…
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Reindeer

Reindeer meat, or Venison, is very popular amongst the population in Finnmark County, and they eat it all year round.…
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PEOPLE