Kirkenes is a town in the municipality of Sør-Varanger in the county of Finnmark. It is located in the extreme northeastern part of Norway on the Bøkfjorden, a branch of the Varanger Fjord, which is a vast bay connected to the Barents Sea near the Russian-Norwegian border. The town is situated about 240 miles (400km) north of the Arctic Circle. The midnight sun shines from May 17 to July 21. The corresponding winter darkness extends from November 21 to January 21.
Grenselandsmuseet (The Border Country Museum), which shows the history of war and peace along the Norwegian-Russian border, Sami art exhibitions by the artist John Savio and a history of the mining industry in the area. Kirkenes is also one end of the route of Hurtigruten, which cruises regularly down the Norway coast to Bergen.
Things to See & Do
* Frontier Museum
* Dog sledge trips
* Snowmobile tours
Cruise Season - Feb to Dec
Currency - Norwegian Krone (NOK)
Language - Norwegian
Population - 6000 approx
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code - +47
Port Location - The port is located in Kikenes harbor.
Travel Links - Kirkenes is served by Kirkenes Airport, Høybuktmoen. There are non-stop flights to Oslo and Tromsø.
FFR runs most of the local busses and also the airport bus between airport and Kirkenes. Departure of the airport bus is connected to the departure/arrival of planes from Oslo/Tromsø.