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Finnair Announces Kirkenes Route – Gateway to the Northern Lights and Hurtigruten’s Arctic Cruises

Finnair has announced a new route from Helsinki to Kirkenes, in Norway, marking the most northernly destination on its network.

Flights between Helsinki and Kirkenes will operate three times per week, via Ivalo, from next April, on the airline’s 68-seat ATR72 regional aircraft, making this the only scheduled international flight to the airport.

Situated at the beginning of the Siberian Taiga and bordered by the Arctic Ocean, Kirkenes combines untamed nature with its rich Second World War history.

Being 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Kirkenes is also one of the world’s leading destinations to spot the Northern Lights during the darker months, and the starting point for Hurtigruten’s Arctic cruises.

Anssi Partanen, Finnair Market Director Europe, said: “We are extremely excited to be heading further north, announcing flights to Kirkenes, one of Norway’s best kept secrets.

“As the only international airline to offer scheduled flights to Kirkenes, we look forward to opening the region up to customers across the world.

“Due to demand, we will also be adding additional frequencies to a range of popular routes across Europe, Asia and the US, which we know will prove popular with our loyal customers.”

The new route coincides with Finnair increasing frequency on a number of its routes to mainland Europe, Asia and North America.

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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