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The coastal town of Kirkenes is located on the Varanger Fjord in northern Norway, and belongs to the county of Finnmark. Kirkenes was granted city status in 1998 and has 3,300 inhabitants (2009). Kirkenes is the administrative center of South-Varanger municipality, which borders both Russia and Finland .
Kirkenes offers great arctic nature, and in clear weather you can experience the midnight sun in summer and northern lights in winter. Popular activities include king crab safari, river boat trips to the Norwegian-Russian border and reindeer safaris.
Kirkenes has several historical monuments and sights of 2 World War II – including shelter “Andersgrotta” Russia monument and the War Mothers monument (a memorial to the women’s efforts for children and home during World War 2).
Other tourist attractions in town include Sør-Varanger Museum / Frontier Museum (whose exhibition tells about the region’s natural and cultural history), and Savio Museum (a museum dedicated to the well-known Sami artist John Andreas Savio (1902-1938) – an exhibition of his artwork depicting the Sami reindeer herding culture and the North Norwegian nature).
A little outside the town priest mountain – which is a lookout point over Kirkenes and the Varanger Fjord.
Kirkenes is the endpoint of E6, and Hurtigruten ( Bergen – Kirkenes).
Kirkenes Airport – Høybuktmoen, located 14 miles west of downtown.