The small fishing village of Grense Jakobselv on the Barrents Sea marks the start of the Iron Curtain Trail. The nearest big settlement is Kirkenes, a town with a population of 3,500 the majority of which are of Norwegian decent but also include Sami, Finnish and Russian minorities. The Norway-Russia border was one of only two land borders between the Soviet Union and NATO territories during the Cold War and, as a result, it was heavily guarded by both sides.

National & Regional Information

Norwegian National Cycle Network

The Norwegian National Cycle Network are 10 national cycle routes connecting most of the country. Many of the routes are already signposted and some of them are part of EuroVelo, the European cycle route network (only available in Norwegian)