The last city in Norway on the coastal-steamer route, the town of Kirkenes, 880 mi/1,415 km northeast of Oslo, is the beginning or end point for anyone taking the entire coastal voyage.
If you have time, take a 5-mi/8-km cab ride through Norway's "lake country" tundra to the border with Russia and step across the once-forbidden crossing point. At a small tourist shop there you can buy old Soviet stamps.
In the town itself, stop by the Grenseland Museum (http://www.varangermuseum.no), with ... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2014 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.