Kirkenes' dramatic history
During World War II, all of the houses in the town were demolished, apart from the tiny wooden church! Luckily Kirkenes was a mining town, with a maze of underground mining tunnels outside the town centre, thus the inhabitants were able to escape into the mining tunnels to hide from the German soldiers.
This is where they lived until the Russians came to their rescue, and more than 3000 inhabitants suddenly appeared from the mining entrance!
You can watch this heart touching moment in a movie in Andersgrotta mining tunnel, under the town’s centre.