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The Russian Border – Hurtigruten land excursion

The Arctic Pasvik valley. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

The Arctic Pasvik valley

The only town in Norway where East meets West, Kirkenes represents the turning point of the Hurtigruten voyage.

This is an optional land excursion which you can add to your Hurtigruten cruise booked through Fjord Travel Norway. The land excursion will appear during the cruise booking process, with prices and details.

You start with a short tour of the town, before the bus takes you deep into the surprisingly fertile landscape. Here you can take in the expanse of green hills, dotted with scrubs, birch and pine trees that manage to survive despite the harsh Arctic climate. The region has experienced an exciting and at times a hugely dramatic history, so this also promises to be an educational morning.

Russian border. Photo by Trym Ivar Bergsmo, Hurtigruten

Russian border

Next up, you make a stop at Storskog – the  border station between Norway and Russia. Unfortunately you cannot cross the Russian border itself, but you are permitted to take pictures and are normally able to purchase Russian souvenirs. From here you travel to the small mining community of Bjornevatn, before heading towards Pasvikdalen, which boasts an imposing landscape filled with rolling green hills and robust trees, an area known to have Norway’s largest population of brown bears.

Back in Kirkenes you make a stop at the impressive Prestfjellet Mountain, which overlooks both the town and the waiting Hurtigruten ship.

View of Arctic Kirkenes. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

View of Arctic Kirkenes

Practical info:

Duration: 2 hours
Transportation: Bus
Clothes/footwear: Comfortable shoes and warm clothing
Available: All year
Land excursion #7A


Available on the following Hurtigruten Cruise packages:
Northern Lights Adventure cruise, 7 nights
Cruise Arctic coast & North Cape, 7 nights
The Exclusive Grand Tour of Norway, 11 nights
Cruise package Bergen-Kirkenes-Oslo, 10 nights

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