Today’s arrival in Kirkenes marks the turning point of the journey; it is also the most eastern, only 17 K from Russia. It’s a chilly -8C out there; “a bit bracing” as a crew member remarked.
The town has 10,000 inhabitants, and two very large Lowe’s-like stores right near the port. There is also a memorial marking the Liberation of Kirkenes by the Russians; the place was heavily bombed during WWII.
Because we turned south in the night, daytime was longer, and the sky was mostly clear of clouds. Very, very nice.
Here are some photos for you.
Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to.