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“Great fun - King crab safari”

Barents Safari Tours
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Kirkenes
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

We weren't certain we wanted to do this tour, as we are not especially fond of crab and didn't particularly want to handle one. But we went for it and it was really excellent. There were only six of us on this tour (though they were expecting 60 the next day) and we were picked up from our hotel. Before we left in the boats we all donned warm ‘boiler suits’ to keep out the cold- they worked well and we were pleased to have them on even though it was late June (but only 6C). Our tour leader was Geir who told us lots of interesting history of the area. The crab weren't exactly fished for - a trap set earlier was pulled out of the water and we all held a live king crab without ill effects. We then continued up river almost to the Russian border, just short of Boris Gleb, where they have built a platform where the crabs could be cooked and eaten. Whilst waiting for our food we looked at some old photos and heard more about the local history. Finally we approached the border without daring to cross it, or even lean over it - none of us wanted a 10,000 NOK fine!
The crabs when they came were the best we've ever eaten, accompanied by white bread and mayonnaise and swilled down with a small glass of white wine. Very nice indeed. We were shown how to get at the meat and there was so much we didn’t need to eat again that evening.
Great experience.

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Reviewed 20 June 2017

We did the river safari trip to the Russian border and really enjoyed it. Our guide Geir was great - very friendly, fun and knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting. I feel that we learned a lot. I would definitely recommend this

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Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

We were 6 adults and 4 children going on a sightseeing trip along the border in Kirkenes.
Our guide was superb- and his entertainment and enthusiasm to both young and old was very good and interesting.
Thank you very much for excellent service!!!
Value for the money!

Thank Marius K
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

From the time we were picked up at our lodgings the excitement began. Extremely friendly guide opened our door and made the start as easy as possible. Entering the change room we were completely transformed into the warmest ever snow clothing and protective gear and then with a great sense of humour and fun we made our way to the snow skidoos. How exciting as the snow shimmered all over the magical area as we were given simple instructions for our safety.
There was only one other couple, the guide (a really fun guy) and my hubby and me. I am a complete novice when it comes to bikes so I chose to sit on the back and just enjoy the view. Well let me tell you the view was AMAZING! Approx. 6 hours of sheer fun and views. We went through forest between trees like James Bond, across roads (all very much looked after and safe) and then let me tell you the speed on the fiordes was such a thrill (not necessary if you are not a speed demon like we are)
Lunch at an echo resort complete with heaps of information and even a video to watch about the area. Over lunch we talked about their working and living environment and we felt like we could not ask for anything else. Arriving home safely with both of us not wanting it to end. Ours smiles are still embedded on our faces when we think of this amazing trip. More than highly recommended.

Thank Loretta R
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

Joined them for a snowmobile & king crabs hunting which includes all you can eat king crab & wine.

Everyone at Barents were very professional and friendly; safety briefing, helping us on to ride safely on the snowmobile; took photos with king crabs but unfortunately weather wasn't good enough to see northern lights while we were there but I totally enjoyed myself here. Dinner was great with free flow of wine, soft drinks and king crabs.

6  Thank Eltan16
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