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Panorama picture from Sør-Varanger Municipality in Norway


Archaelogical discoveries show that people already lived in the valley 10.000 years ago. The depressions in the ground just by the path to the river are approximately 6.500 year old house sites. Similar settlements can be found in several places in the valley.

On the Russian side of the river you can see an electric, barbed wire fence. Such fences were created all along the border of the former Soviet Union. On both side of the river you find watch-towers. Here the soldiers sit with powerful binoculars and make sure the border agreements are complied with.

The road is closed during winter but as soon as it opens sporte fishermen pour along it. Fishing was a very important trade for the east-Sami people. The first Norwegian tenant farmers fished with seine together with the Russian up until 1920.