August 15, 2015
So I leave my hotel and take a walk around the empty streets of Kirkenes, the embarkation point for my cruise down the coast of Norway.
Weather is still mild in this Arctic town. A lovely church. Flower boxes adorn the homes and businesses. Boats in the harbor. A War Memorial. The Second World War was particularly harsh here.
Kirkenes is only 225km (140 mi) from Murmansk, Russia. Signs here in Cyrillic.