The Anonymous Widower

Finland And Norway To Explore Building Arctic Rail Link

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the Reuters web site.

This is the first two paragraphs.

Finland and Norway agreed on Friday to explore constructing an Arctic rail link from northern Finland to the Barents Sea coast to develop trade routes and business opportunities in the region.

The proposed link would run from Finland’s northern city of Rovaniemi to Norway’s ice-free deep-water port of Kirkenes, located some 15 km from the border with Russia.

I didn’t know that ports, that far North could still be ice-free.

It is an interesting concept.

My only worry, is what will Vlad think of it all!

But then the Finns have stood up to the Russians before!

March 12, 2018 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. An interesting route – fairly flat, little settlement, so a fairly easy build with modern methods, although permafrost might present difficulties.

    Murmansk, further east, is also generally ice free through the winter despite being in the artic circle and was of course the destination of the arctic convoys during WWII.

    I doubt uncle Vladimir will be too worried – he already has a rail line to Murmansk.

    Comment by Mark Clayton | March 12, 2018 | Reply

  2. I visited Kirkenes 2 weeks ago by the Hurtigruten coastal ferries taht run every day year round. There was a thin layer of ice on the fjord but the port does not freeze because of the effects of the Gulf Stream.

    Comment by Stephen Rabone | March 13, 2018 | Reply

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