7A The Russian Border

East meets West at the far-northern Norwegian town of Kirkenes, a few short miles from the Russian border, and the turning point of your Hurtigruten voyage.

The only town in Norway where East meets West, Kirkenes represents the turning point of your Hurtigruten voyage. You can see the Russian influence characterized by street signs in both languages, and you can often hear Russian being spoken. We drive to the Norwegian-Russian border at Storskog. The border crossing defines the limits of the Schengen area, and is one of the most guarded borders in Europe. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to cross the border, but you can take pictures. Back in Kirkenes we visit another viewpoint on Prestfjellet mountain with a view of the city and our ship.

Practical Information

  • Disembarking port: Kirkenes
  • Embarking port: Kirkenes
  • Southbound or Northbound: Northbound
  • Approximate arrival/departure times: 09:30 - 12:00
  • Available period: 01.01 - 31.12
  • Transportation: Bus
  • Clothes/Footwear: Comfortable shoes, warm clothing