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At the end of a very interesting road, there's a small Norwegian village with a stone chapel. The Grense Jakobselv village is in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. It is located on the shore of the Barents Sea near the Russian border. The distance along the road to Kirkenes is about 60 km.
The Russian border follows the Jakobselva river. There is a small Norwegian military base in the area used by the border patrol. There is no official place where you could cross the border.
The stone chapel of King Orscar II was built in 1869. The purpose was to strengthen Norway's ownership of the area and it was named after the king of Sweden-Norway.
Grensle Jakobslev is the most far away place from Oslo measured along the roads in Norway. The distance is 2 556 km using roads inside Norwegian borders. It's 600 km shorter with shortcuts through Sweden and Finland.
Original text for translation was borrowed from Wikipedia (http://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grense_Jakobselv http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.fi)
The road is mainly pawed and in good condition. The last 6 km before the village is not paved but that's usually in good condition too. The starting point is 200 metres from the Russian border but you don't need to enter the border zone. The intersection is before the border zone. Taking photos is not allowed because at some points you'll be only 10-20 metres from the border. The Norwegian border patrol guys will wave at you as you ride by :-)
Visiting the village is enough
|Published :||25/07/2014 (d/m/y) 11:19|
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