Grense Jakobselv

Grense Jakobselv (Northern Sami: Vuorjánjohka Finnish: Vuoremijoki and Russian: Гренсе Якобсэльв) is a small village in Sør-Varanger Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. It is located on the shore of the Barents Sea at the mouth of the Jakobselva river. It lies about 54 kilometres (34 mi) by road east of the town of Kirkenes. The area was settled by Norwegians in 1851.[2]

Grense Jakobselv
A southbound picture of Grense Jakobselv village; the left side of the river belongs to Russia and the right side to Norway.
Grense Jakobselv
Location in Finnmark
Grense Jakobselv
Grense Jakobselv (Norway)
Coordinates: 69°46′30″N 30°49′52″E
RegionNorthern Norway
CountyTroms og Finnmark
Elevation5 m (16 ft)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
9900 Kirkenes

Border with Russia

King Oscar II Chapel

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.

King Oscar II Chapel

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.

Alternate view of the chapel

Distance from Oslo

Grense Jakobselv is the point in mainland Norway farthest by road from Norway's capital Oslo. It is 2,465 kilometres (1,532 mi) by a route entirely within Norway.[3] If international routes are included, the distance is approximately 1,955 kilometres (1,215 mi) (510 kilometres (320 mi) shorter), travelling through the neighboring countries of Sweden and Finland. In this scenario, Gamvik would be the farthest place from Oslo (2,040 kilometres (1,270 mi)).


  1. "Grense Jakobselv" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-03-14.
  2. Store norske leksikon. "Grense-Jakobselv" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-03-14.
  3. Oslo Central Station -> E18 (2 km) -> Rv190 (5.5 km) -> E6 (121 km) -> Rv3 (272 km) -> E6 (1501 km) -> Rv93 (97 km) -> Rv92 (97 km) -> E6 (316 km) -> E105 (9.5 km) -> Rv886 (44 km)