1.24.15 - 1.24.15 -10 °F
Today we reached our most eastern part of the trip, and our turn-around point. Kirkenes. Our adventure today was a bus journey through the town and the local country side to the border crossing with Russia. Many Russians and Norwegians cross back and forth across the border. The Norwegians cross to Russia for cheap booze and gas, and the Russians come to Norway for much better quality housewares. Although a visa is needed to enter Russia, those that live within a 30 km distance of the border crossing can get a one year visa so they can travel. Many Russian king crab and ocean fishing vessels use Kirkenes as a port. We traveled just about at the noon sun, so you can get a good feel for life when the sun returns.
Also, it was really cold....10 below Zero Fahrenheit, plus some wind chill!