A crowd of 500 Syrian refugees said to be at the Borisoglebsk border-crossing point

syrian-refugees-with-bikesThere are reports (see FlashNord.com for one of them) of quite a crowd of Syrians (real or otherwise) gathered at the Borisoglebsk (Boris-Glebe) border-crossing point near Pechenga. The Russian authorities don’t let them to the Norwegian side apparently because the refugees are on foot while the border-crossing is intended for those with a vehicle, even if it’s a bicycle – all of which have been bought out in Pechenga. Temperatures there are around freezing point, and many of those seeking entry into Norway are getting sick.

East and West Conceptions in Presentation of the Kola Sámi Culture. Feb. 7, Tromsø City Library, Room B0014, Grønnegata 94, Tromsø, Norway.

samiReprinted from Anna Afanasyeva’s facebook.

“We invite you to the seminar and discussion on presentation and image of the Kola Sámi people in Russia, which often appears in different published works during the recent 20 years.

Since the fall of the iron wall in 1989 when Russia became an open country, the interest to the Sámi in Russia increased. Many scientists, journalists and photographers have worked to explain and describe the Kola Sámi culture in Russia. However, the community members themselves have had little opportunity to participate in these discussions.

The panel debate on Kola Sámi situation during the seminar will bring together different actors in the field of research, Barents cooperation and the Kola Sámi community representatives in order to discuss the position of the Sámi community in Russia and give voice to those, who have rarely been heard before.”

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Fugleturisme

“Fugl” is “bird”. Think “fugl” sounds just as it should. I’ve come across a Norwegian-based outfit that organizes bird watching tours in the area. Norwegian seems to be structurally very close to English, and their site www.bioforsk.no is entirely readable when run through an on-line translator. Added it to Categories > Birdwatching.

Kirkenes to Murmansk ferry

Farmers transport their cows on a boat over the Koenigssee lake in front of the famous church Saint Bartolomae during a traditional Bavarian cattle drive on October 9, 2010 in Koenigssee, Germany. The cattle drive (Almabtrieb) is an annual event in the alpine regions in Europe, referring to a cow train in autumn. In many areas the cows are decorated elaborately, and the cow train is celebrated with music and dance events in the towns and villages.

Borrowed from www.zimbio.com

Unconfirmed rumours, source unknown..

Norwegian cruise company Hurtigruten announced that a shuttle ferry will soon start going between Kirkenes and Murmansk. It will be used for one-day tours, mostly for Norwegian tourists. This ferry is to go to Pechenga soon too.

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Pasvikturist AS, Kirkenes, Norway

I’ve noticed, Pasvikturist AS, based in the city of Kirkenes, Norway, mentioned very favourably on a couple of travel sites as an organizer of small/individual tours in the area where Norway, Finland, and Russia meet. I’m thus making a note of them. Disclaimer: no personal experience with Pasvikturist AS. In their self-description then tend to overuse superlatives like “biggest”, “oldest”, or “experience-iest”, which kind of puts me off somewhat.