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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Our Nordic Expedition, Part 19 -- At the Border

Morning found us in Kirkenes, a small town of about 3300 inhabitants not far from the Russian border.There is a lot of commerce between Norway and Russia and much of it goes through Kirkenes. Pictured below is an aspect of that commerce. The blue boats are Russian trawlers being refitted at Kirkenes port.

There is not much to see in Kirkenes other than a vast underground tunnel network where the local population sought protection during WWII. We didn't go there. Instead we boarded a bus and headed for the border.

And here we are at the border. There is not much to see there either. Here is the border marker.

And that on the other side of the fjord is Russia.

And that is a building erected by the Russian army.

So after a brief time wandering around we again boarded the bus and returned to Kirkenes.

Then it was back on the boat and off to our next destination -- Vardo.

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