SOME FACTS ABOUT CLIMATE, NATURE AND POPULATION

  • Kirkenes has 3500 inhabitants, the municipality of Sør-Varanger has 10.000 inhabitants
  • Sør-Varanger shares a border with both Russia and Finland
  • Our main business sectores: Tourism, Kimek Ship Yard, business with Russia, hospital, military base (GSV)
  • The Midnight Sun shines in Kirkenes is from 17 May to 21 July.
  • The Polar Night season in Kirkenes is from 21 November to 21 January.
  • Compared with other costal destinations in Norway, Kirkenes has a dry climate with low precipitation year-round.
  • Northern lights can be seen from September until end of March. If you are lucky they will appear but it has to be dark and clear sky.
  • The municipality is important from a geological perspective as the place in Norway with the oldest bedrock (approx. 2.8 billion years old).
  • The area around Kirkenes has Norway’s largest brown bear population with around 40 individuals registered (2015).
  • The average temperature in July is 10 °C, while the average temperature in January is -13 °C.
  • The record low temperature in Kirkenes is -42 °C, while the record high is 30.3 °C.
  • Sør-Varanger has a National Parc in the upper Pasvik Valley: Øvre Pasvik Nationalparc. The Visitor Center for the Parc is located in Svanvik

WHERE TO SLEEP IN KIRKENES

WHERE TO EAT IN KIRKENES

Aurora Restobar (menu added) in Dr Wesselsgate. Open every day, Sundays closed
Surf & Turf (menu added) in Dr Wesselsgate. Open every day.
Thon Hotel Restaurant
Scandic Hotel Restaurant
China Restaurant, Dr Wesselsgate 3
Thai food at Bangkok Restaurant. Dr Wesselsgate 9. Open every day until 21.00
Snowhotel Restaurant Kirkenes.

Useful web pages you can check

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