Kirkenes / Norway
Kirkenes is a town in the eastern province of Finnmark in northern Norway with about 5,000 inhabitants. The border with Russia is about 10 km away. Kirkenes was built as the port for iron ore. Today the main occupation is fishing. The name of Kirkenes derives from a church on a promontory.
The port is called at by the Hurtigrruten ships, but it is often frozen and must be vacated by icebreakers.
Sights include the Borderland and the Savio Museum as well as the monument of liberation in World War II, the so-called Russian monument.