The road Alta-Kirkenes, the E-6, goes through
different kinds of nature
The E-6 goes through all of Finnmark
The road Alta-Kirkenes, the E-6, starts at Trelleborg in Sweden and goes through Norway up to Kirkenes. We start our
E-6 story at the Troms county border
in Alta municipality. See map
Side trip from E-6 to Loppa and Sørøya
When you come from Troms county into Finnmark, after a few kilometres you may deviate from the E-6 to road 882 and take the a
trip to Loppa
Just at the Langfjordbotn crossroads
is a cafe where they can tell
you about Loppa
and the Øksfjord glacier
. (Only in Norwegian, but you'll find the contact info)
Read also a litte more about the glacier
At Elvedal a few kilometres from the Langfjordbotn crossroads you can see some of the anchorages of the German World War II battleship Scharnhorst
From here you can also go to Sørøya
where the famous Deep Sea Angling Festival
held every summer. See map
Alta is the starting point of the famous dog sledge race "Finnmarkslopet"
The Northern Light Observatory at Haldde Mountain
(Photo: Janos Kolostyak/World Heritage Center for Rock Art - Alta Museum).
The picture shows the main building and some of the excellent view of the Alta fiord area. The Haldde Mountain (904 m o.h.)
is higher than all the mountains in the Alta fiord. From the start in 1899 to 1926 there was northern light research and weather
observations on the top of Haldde.
In additon to the observatory building there was a main building with four flats and offices. Up to three families with children
once lived on top of Haldde. After World War II only the stone walls were left. But today much is restored.
There is a marked, 9 km cart road up to the top. The road starts by the E-6 in near Kåfjord Church (35 km southwest of Alta).
Accessible all year round. You can hire keys at Alta Museum.
See Haldde map
At Kåfjord there are remains from the old copper mine
the Kåfjord church
and the Tirpitz museum
. (Site only in Norwegian.)
These rock carvings (or petroglyphs) in the Alta Fjord in Norwegian Lapland are the traces of a
settlement dating from ca. 4200 to 500 B.C.
There are thousands of paintings and engravings. They all give us a better
understanding of the environment and human activities on Arctic Coast in prehistoric times.
The Rock Art
of Alta was taken
into UNESCO's World Heritage
List in 1985. This is one of the largest known
collection of rock carvings in Northern Europe made
by hunter-gatherers. The first carvings were discovered in 1973.
Rock Carvings - Alta Museum.
(Photo: Olav E. Johansen)
Read more about Alta museum
Alternative route Alta - Karasjok
You can go Alta-Kirkenes by an alternative route.
From Alta you may go to Karasjok on the inland road 93/92. At Gievdneguoika crossroads you may want to go to the Sami
and the Juhls silver gallery
Alta Canyon and Alta Power Plant
The Alta canyon is the largest canyon in Northern Europe. The visitor's room at the power plant was built
inside the mountain itself, above the 110-metre high dam. You can see the reservoir and concrete dam through a panorama window.
The dam and the power plant are only open to visitors taking part in guided tours.
The Alta canyon is 7,5 km long. The width is between 400 metres and 1,7 km. The canyon is around 420 metres deep.
Read more about Alta
As you go eastward from Alta you have to pass the Sennalandet
high plateau where many Sami
have their summer dwellings. There is also a Sami
From the church you proceed down the Repparfjord river
which a good salmon river and come
to another crossroads at Skaidi
Side trip to Kvalsund and Hammerfest
And from Skaidi you may deviate on the road 94 through Kvalsund
further on to the world's northernmost
Side trip to North Cape
From Skaidi you pass another high plateau, Hatter
, and come to the Olderfjord crossraods. From here you can deviate to the famous
cliff, North Cape
In the Porsanger municipality you can see the Stone Trolls at Trollholmsund
Read more about Porsanger
Alternative route Lakselv - Tana bru
From Lakselv you may also take an alternative road to Tana bru
, the road 98. Then you go along the Porsanger fjord and pass Børselv
with its Kven center
which is worth a visit.
(Site only in Norwegian, but there is a picture of the modern building and maps + contact info)
Also the Silfar Canyon
, with the Silfar Rapids, is worth a visit.
After the Silfar canyon you pass the mountain Børselvfjellet and get to the crossroads at Ifjord
From Ifjord you can even deviate from the rd 98 and
go to the Arctic coast on the Nordkyn peninsula.
There you can visit Gamvik
with its Slettnes lighthouse
with the famous church-like rock Finnkirka
Still on the E-6, travelling Alta-Kirkenes, from Lakselv you pass yet another mountain and reach the capital and cultural center of the Norwegian Sami,
You are now at the Heart of Lapland. See map
From Karasjok the E-6 goes downstream on the shores of the Tana river which runs through three municipalities
in the Tana valley
As you go downstream you pass the Levajok Fjellstue
Side trip to Utsjoki on Finnish side
And further down the river you may cross the Tana
river on the Lapland bridge and visit Utsjoki
on the Finnish side of the border.
At the Lapland bridge the E-6 meets the E-75
Then you get to Tana bru
which is the center of Tana municipality.
Side trip to Arctic coast
From Tana bru you may take day trips to the Arctic cost on the Varanger peninsula. As you go that way,
you pass the Tanamunningen nature reserve
. And on the coast there are the fishing
We know proceed on the last stretch of the E-6 route Alta-Kirkenes. At Varangerbotn itself there is
a modern Sami museum
Side trip on Varanger national tourist road
At Varangerbotn crossroads you can deviate from the E-6 and take the E-75 which goes through Vadsø and Vardø. It ends at Hamningberg.
This is the Varanger national tourist road
Midway between Varangerbotn and Kirkenes you may again deviate from the E-6 and go Bugøynes, which is the Finnmark village where old Finnish
traditions still are kept alive after their forefathers immigrated from Finland 100-200 years ago.
The place is also called Pikku Suomi, Little Finland. Read more about Bugoynes here
At Neiden we find the smallest and oldest church building in Finnmark,
the Russian orthodox chapel
At last we are at the end of the Alta-Kirkenes road. The E-6 ends at Kirkenes
at the quay of
the Hurigruten - The Norwegian coastal express
In winter there is an ice hotel
Side trip Russian border and Grense-Jakobselv
From the Kirkenes area you can visit the 180 km Russian border
or even go for shorter or longer trips into Russia, for instance to Murmansk.
Another border river is the Grense Jakobselv
(Jacob's border river).
When you are at Grense Jakobselv, you are at one of the easternmost points of Norway. Only Vardø is a little further east.
Both are further east than Istanbul.
Side trip to the Pasvik valley
And you can go to the Pasvik valley. Part of the Norwegian-Russian border
follows the Pasvik River
And finally, here is a video showing the road Alta-Kirkenes
in 3 minutes.
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