The Pasvikdalen (Pasvik valley) stretches about 100 km southwards in the municipality, and forms a wedge between Russia in the east and Finland in the west. The Pasvik River constitutes most of the 196 km long border towards Russia. Pasvik is known for its flora and fauna with many eastern species of plants and birds that do not exist elsewhere in the country. Norway’s largest bear population lives in Pasvik. In the valley you find also the National Park "Øvre Pasvik" with the the largest remaining area of primeval forest in Norway.
How to get to Pasvikdalen
By car: from Kirkenes drive the E6 towards Hesseng. Follow the signs to Pasvikdalen, road no 885. The way ends in Nyrud after 100 km, along the road you pass the settelments Svanvik (40km), Skogfoss (58 km) and Vaggatem (89km). The landscape is nice and the road goes through green forest and along the Pasvik river. The road has asphalt and is open all year round.
By bus: At school days the bus 223 connects Kirkenes and Svanvik (Pasvik folkehøyskole)
Schedule 223 (pdf) snelandia.no
Be aware that in the Pasvikdalen the bus stops are not marked! So just ask the driver respectively stop the bus at the road..
Øvre Pasvik National Park Centre
The center has a permanent exhibition presenting the Pasvik Valley's special nature, culture and history. It also provides information about access, transport and accommodation in relation to the protected areas and gives advice and tips about outdoor activities in the municipality.
Svanhovd Botanical Garden
is one of three public botanical gardens located north of the Arctic Circle. The garden demonstrates the diversity of trees, shrubs, roses, perennials, new plants and summer flowers that can grow in a continental climate subarctic.
NIBIO Svanhovd conference center
NIBIO Svanhovd offers accommodation in a beautiful setting for 50 people, all rooms have private bathrooms. Local, short traveled food is widely used, such as pike, perch, reindeer and bear meat. The food is prepared in simple but tasty way by Norwegian traditional recipes.
Varanger Museum - Strand
A characteristically log structured building and boarding school from 1905. Today, the museum features the wildlife, historical and cultural exhibits of the area.
Varanger museum Strand skoleinternat
Varanger Museum - Bjørklund farm
The development of land used by the Norwegian immigrants in the 19th century. Open on request.
Varanger Museum Bjørklund gård
Varanger Museum – Namdalen
Norwegian Settler’s farm, now abandoned. Marked trails from Langvasseid, Firkantvann (lake) and Strand.
Varanger Museum Nordre Namdalen gård
Height 96 (Høyde 96)
Enjoy the view from a former military observation tower from the cold war. You can see Nikel in Russia and huge parts of the Pasvik valley. Many observations of bears and special birds from the tower during the summer. Mini café with sale of coffee/waffles and a big selection of special souvenirs. Open in summer (june-august).