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Kirkenes is a small town in Norway located in the far northeastern region of the country, close to the Russian border. It is the administrative center of the Sør-Varanger Municipality and is the most populous town in the area with around 3,500 inhabitants.

Kirkenes is situated on the Bøkfjorden, an arm of the Varangerfjorden, and is surrounded by the Pasvik River valley and the mountains of the Scandinavian mountain range. The town is known for its beautiful nature, with its forests, mountains, and lakes, and is a popular destination for outdoor activities, such as fishing, hunting, skiing, and snowmobiling.

Kirkenes has a rich history, dating back to the 17th century when it was a trading post for the Pomor traders. It also served as a base for Russian troops during the Second World War, and was heavily damaged by bombings in 1944. After the war, the town was rebuilt and became an important fishing port and a center for the mining industry.

Kirkenes is also known for its unique culture, with a mix of Norwegian and Russian influences. The town is home to the Sami people, an indigenous group of people living in northern Norway, and their culture is still very much alive in the area.

Kirkenes is a great destination for travelers looking to experience the unique culture and nature of Norway. With its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history, Kirkenes is a great place to visit and explore.

Excursion tips for a day in Kirkenes

Kirkenes, Norway is a great destination for tourists looking to explore the beauty of the Arctic. On a day trip to Kirkenes, there are plenty of activities to enjoy:

1. Visit the Kirkenes Snowhotel, a unique hotel made entirely of snow and ice.

2. Take a snowmobile tour of the surrounding area and take in the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains.

3. Go on a King Crab safari and learn about the local fishing industry.

4. Take a boat tour of the Barents Sea and see the local wildlife, including seals, sea eagles, and whales.

5. Visit the local museums to learn about the history and culture of the area.

6. Spend a day at the Varangerhalvøya National Park and explore the beautiful nature trails.

7. Go for a hike in the Pasvik Valley and take in the stunning views of the Pasvik River.

8. Take a guided tour of the Russian border and learn about the unique history of the region.

9. Visit the local shops and markets to pick up some souvenirs.

10. Enjoy a traditional Norwegian meal at one of the local restaurants.

Experience Kirkenes with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Kirkenes. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Kirkenes

Kirkenes in Norway experiences a subarctic climate with long, cold winters and short, cool summers. In winter, temperatures average between -7 to -20 degrees Celsius and the area is often blanketed in snow. During spring, temperatures start to warm up and the snow starts to melt. Summers are short and cool, with temperatures between 6 to 14 degrees Celsius. Autumn brings cooler temperatures again as the snow starts to fall, with temperatures dropping to between -2 and -10 degrees Celsius.

Cruise weather for Kirkenes

Our weather forecast for Kirkenes helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 28.8 °C
min: 11.6 °C
12.2 m/s
24.5 m/s
81.7 %
20.6 m
63.9 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 29.9 °C
min: 10.9 °C
14.4 m/s
27.7 m/s
32.1 %
24.1 m
46.4 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 26.8 °C
min: 17.5 °C
19.1 m/s
31.7 m/s
3.7 %
24.1 m
38.5 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 23.7 °C
min: 17.4 °C
23.4 m/s
30.6 m/s
61.3 %
24.1 m
53.3 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 17.7 °C
min: 10 °C
25.6 m/s
31.7 m/s
91.6 %
16.5 m
89.9 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 12.6 °C
min: 9.8 °C
19.7 m/s
28.0 m/s
84.1 %
9.9 m
93.8 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 17.7 °C
min: 10.4 °C
30.6 m/s
32.8 m/s
51.5 %
17.8 m
78.0 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 10.6 °C
min: 9.4 °C
32.4 m/s
42.8 m/s
100.0 %
17.5 m
91.8 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 12.6 °C
min: 9.8 °C
17.3 m/s
15.8 m/s
60.7 %
21.0 m
90.0 %
1,019 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 12.8 °C
min: 9.6 °C
15.5 m/s
14.8 m/s
69.6 %
8.5 m
92.6 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 14.6 °C
min: 9.8 °C
16.6 m/s
18.7 m/s
55.8 %
5.2 m
89.4 %
1,016 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 13.9 °C
min: 10.2 °C
19.1 m/s
19.1 m/s
26.7 %
24.1 m
82.2 %
1,016 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 13.9 °C
min: 10.2 °C
16.2 m/s
16.2 m/s
29.6 %
16.2 m
85.1 %
1,016 hPa

Cruises to Kirkenes

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Scheduled ship calls in Kirkenes, Norway
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Mar. 2nd 2026 Monday, 2nd of Mar. 2026 HANSEATIC nature 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 6th 2026 Friday, 6th of Mar. 2026 HANSEATIC nature 12:00 am 12:00 am

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