Kirkenes is at the very end of the all-through-Norway (and half of Europe) highway E6. You can also enter by road from northern Finland (via Rovaniemi about 7 hours), and northwestern Russia (via Murmansk about 3 hours + border formalities). If you want to come from southern Norway by car, cutting through Sweden and Finland is actually faster. Long distance buses , with connections to most of Norway. Buses to Finland (summer only): 
Kirkenes is the northern turnaround port (Bergen being the southern) of the Coastal Express , arguably the most beautiful sea voyage of the planet, covering most of the Norwegian coast in 5-6 days.
Due to its distance from the rest of the civilized world, most people choose to arrive and depart by plane, at Høybuktmoen airport (IATA: KKN) some 15 km outside town. Daily flights to Oslo, Tromsø and others by Norwegian , SAS and Wideroe . Also flights to Russia and Germany (summer only). Most flights have a bus to town waiting outside, 85 NOK, credit cards accepted. A taxi will set you back some NOK 300. On certain occasions it is considerably cheaper to fly into Ivalo in Finland, some 240 km away.
Although there is a railroad here, it is for ore only. Real adventurous spirits should be aware that you can connect to the Russian network in the border town of Nikel, travelling as far as Moscow, Vladivostok, Ulan Bator and Beijing.
Local buses . Long distance busses leave outside the main shopping center in the middle of town. Some busses only take cash, however there is an ATM inside the shopping center.  is a good website to plan your travels.
- The midnight sun in summer
- The Aurora Borealis in winter
- The Russian border, including the three-borders-mark, where also Finland joins in. Caution should be exercised; presume all movement is under surveillance near the border.
- Grenselandmuseet (The Border Area Museum), Førstevannslia, ☎ . Showcases history and lifestyle of the far north of Norway including a section devoted to the devastating effects of Second World War on Kirkenes. Also has a fine exhibition of woodcuts by the Sami artist Jon Savio Entrance NOK 50,-.
Fishing, both salt and fresh water, including salmon. Hiking.
- Arctic Adventure. A number of offers, the most desired being a King Crab Safari, catch guaranteed!
- Local summer festival Kirkenes Days around the first week of August multiplies the activity level.
Russian visitors often buy clothes and home products, which tax-free are clearly cheaper than similar non-Russian products in nearby Murmansk or Nikel. Spareland is a popular shop for this. Information about taxfree (only for non-EU/Norwegian residents) refunds are available at .
Try Ritz or Ofelas.
There is a camping site between the airport and town, up the hill after the bridge as you drive towards town. Also rents cabins. Summer only. Tel (+47) 78 99 80 28.
- Sollia, By the Russian border, some 10 km from town. Has a good restaurant.
- Barents Frokosthotell. From NOK 675.
- Wessel Hotell, Dr Wessels gate 3, ☎ -47 78998600, fax: +47 78998601, e-mail: email@example.com.
- Kirkenes Overnatting (1 km from town center). Apartment from NOK 500 a night.
- Overnatting Liv Mikkelbrog, Kronprinsensgate 21, Kirkenes (Down the hill from the old Rica Hotel), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Private rooms.
- Rica Arctic Hotel, Kongens gate 1, ☎ , fax: +47 78991159. From NOK 1050,-.
- Thon Hotel, Johan Knudtzens gate 11, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Opened in 2010 directly along the waterfront From NOK 1200;-.
- Kirkenes Snow Hotel (Kirkenes Snøhotell), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open from December to early April.
- If you plan on crossing the border into Russia, you will probably need a visa. In theory, this should be obtainable at the Russian Consulate in Kirkenes, but you might find it worthwhile to pay any local travel agency a little extra for the job. You need quite a few documents, especially if you are using car, like paid a hotel booking and insurance forms.
- If you are heading for Finland, and feel that you need some euros, there is an ATM at the DnB bank that will hand them over.
- Go up the Pasvik valley for quite a change of fauna. Here you find the last bit of the enormous Russian Taiga, a pine forest that stretches all the way to Siberia. At the southern end of the valley (105 km of paved road, 15 km of dirt, then 1h15m walking) is the Tri-Border Mark, where Norway, Russia and Finland meets. Heavy fines for trespassing into Russia!
- At Grense Jakobselv, the open Barents Sea washes a beautiful sandy shore. Never gets above 8 celsius, though! You can also peek at the "King Oscar II" church.
- The highest peak around is "Øretoppen", at 466 metres. It is a 2 hour hike along a marked path from Ropelv, where buses go. Magnificent views in a landscape of large stones spread upon the hills.
|Routes through Kirkenes|
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|' ← END ←||N S||→ Border crossing - Russia → Murmansk → St. Petersburg|