This morning we left our Hurtigruten coastal vessel as we got on a bus to Kirkenes. This is a Norwegian port near the Russian border. Strategically significant for its iron ore resources and its location near the Russian port of Murmansk.
Kirkenes was occupied by 100,000 Nazi troops during World War II. During the occupation, the Germans created shelters from old iron ore caves to protect its troops from attacks and raids by the Soviet Union. The civilian population also dug tunnels to protect the citizens of the city.
The bus then took us to the Norway-Russian Border Crossing.
Then, on to Finland!!