Arctic Ocean shore at Grense Jacobselv
Arctic Ocean beach at Grense Jacobselv
King Oscar II’s Chapel at Grense Jacobselv

Grense Jakboselv

On the shore of the Arctic Ocean, 60 km northeast of Kirkenes, you will find the small settlement called Grense Jakobselv.
Only a narrow river separates the border settlement from the Russian guards. Grense Jakobselv is a very popular tourist spot both summer and winter.


How to get til Grense Jakobselv

by car: from Kirkenes along road No E6 in direction Hesseng. After 5 km follow the the sign Grense Jakobselv at the E105 to the left. On your way you will also pass the Norwegian-Russian border crossing point.

Way to Grense Jakobselv has the No 886.
The way is rich on nature experience and you will see the Jarfjord, you will cross the Jarfjord-mountains before you are driving down to the Valley. The way down in the valley follows the river all the way to the Barents Sea. It is an asphalt way excluding the last 10 km. Nevertheless the way is in good condition. In wintertime the way is closed from Vintervollen and Grense Jakobselv can only be visited by snowmobile.


King Oscar II’s Chapel

Stone church dating back to 1869, erected as border protection against Russia.
Detailed info at Wikipedia


Grense Jakobselv River

The river is known as a superb salmon fishing river, but where the river forms the border only Norwegian citizens and long-term residents of Norway are permitted to fish, and then only on the Norwegian side of the river.


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King Oscar II’s Chapel at Grense Jacobselv
Barents Sea coastline at Grense Jacobselv
Barents Sea coastline at Grense Jacobselv
The Russian border at Jakobselv
Norway's oldest mountains at Jarfjorden
Norway's oldest mountains at Jarfjorden