Kirkenes is a port town in Sor-Varanger Municipality (Finnmark county), in Norway's far northeastern part. The town lies on a peninsula along Bøkfjorden, an arm of the vast Varangerfjorden. Kirkenes Church is in the Haganes area.
The 2.15-km2 (530-acre) town has population around 3,500. When the neighbouring suburban villages Bjørnevatn, Hesseng and Sandnes are all included with Kirkenes, the urban area reaches total population nearly 8,000.
Tourist attractions include The Border Area Museum (Grenselandmuseet), which shows the history of war and peace along Norwegian-Russian border, Sami art exhibitions by artist John Savio (1902–1938), and a history of mining industry in the area. The museum features a small shop and café. The Russian Market takes place on the central square almost every last Thursday of each month, and traders from Murmansk sell merchandise. Here tourists can find everything from linen cloths, handicrafts and matryoshkas, to Russian porcelain and crystal dishes.
Highlights: Barents Sea, Norwegian Lapland
Kirkenes cruise terminal
The cruise ship / ferry dock is within easy walking distance from downtown (approx 1,5 km / 1 ml). The Norway-Russia border is just 10 km (6 ml) away.
Kirkenes is the northern turnaround port of the "Express Route" - Norway's Government subsidized "Norwegian Coastal Express". This is a regularly scheduled passenger and cargo shipping service in Norway. The "ferry and cruise" itinerary is between two turnaround ports - Bergen (southmost) and Kirkenes (northmost). It connects a total of 34 ports, which are Norwegian communities without any road or air access.
Since January 2021, Norway's coastal ferry service is operated by two companies - Hurtigruten (7 ships) and Havila Shipping (4 ships)..Norwegian Government's annual subsidy for the ferry service is around USD 100 million.
The list of all ports along the northboaund "Norwegian Coastal Express" itinerary includes Bergen (turnaround port), Alesund, Floro, Geiranger (Stranda), Maloy (Vagsoy), Molde, Torvik (Heroy, Leinoya Island), Kristiansund, Rorvik (Vikna), Trondheim, Bodo, Bronnoysund (Bronnoy), Nesna, Ornes (Meloy), Sandnessjoen (Alstahaug), Stamsund (Vestvagoy Island), Svolvaer (Vagan, Austvagoya Island), Trollfjorden (Hadsel), Finnsnes (Lenvik), Harstad (Hinnoya Island), Risoyhamn (Andoy Island), Skjervoy, Sortland (Langoya Island), Stokmarknes (Hadseloya Island), Tromso, Berlevag, Hammerfest, Honningsvag (Mageroya Island, Nordkapp / North Cape), Kjollefjord (Lebesby), Mehamn (Gamvik), Oksfjord (Loppa), Batsfjord, Vardo (Vardoya Island), Kirkenes (turnaround port).
Port Kirkenes cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Kirkenes, Norway. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Kirkenes cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Kirkenes, Norway.
If you lose the Kirkenes location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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