Photographer's Note

Kirkenes is the turnaround point for the Hurtigruten fleet of ships. This is the border area between Finnland and Russia and therefore sandwiched between two different time zones - Helsinki and Moscow. The Pasvikelva river forms part of the Russian border. There are about 5,000 inhabitants in this area which is south of the Arctic timeberline and therefore more fertile than the rest of the Finnmark coast. There are many Russians living there and many also come across the border to shop in Kirkenes. A trip took us to the official border crossing in a forest area near the river. There seemed very little activity going on although we did meet a small Norwegian patrol on skis.

Kirkenes was occupied by the Germans in June 1940 and a year later became part of the German assault on Murmansk in the Soviet Union. However, the offensive hardly advanced for the next three years. The town was bombed over 300 times. Kirkenes became the first place in Norway to be liberated by the Red Army.

This picture was taken near the border.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1768 W: 0 N: 4456] (21903)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-03-23
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/9.5, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-05-03 2:31
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