Picture: Se mot nord – Bjørn Normann jr
A little bit of Norway The Jakobselva river forms the border with Russia, on the east side of Grense Jakobselv. Here, there is a small post of the Garrison of Sør-Varanger of the Norwegian Army, from where soldiers patrol the border. In this area, however, there is no public border crossing.
In the village, there is a stone chapel built in 1869 called King Oscar II Chapel. The church was built to reinforce Norway’s territorial claim to the area, and was named after King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway at a visit he made in 1873.