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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 4 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.
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 by Norwegian , SAS and Widerøe . Also flights to Russia and Germany (summer only). All flights from [Oslo] have a bus to town waiting outside. A taxi will set you back some NOK 200.
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 , including to the airport.
Fishing, both salt and fresh water, including salmon. Hiking.
Vin og Vilt. First class. Moderately priced.
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. Tel (+47) 78 99 80 28.
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 Grense Jakobselv, the open Barents Sea washes a beautiful sandy shore. Never gets above 8 celsius, though!