Can I take photos in the border area?

You can take photos when you are in the border area. But you must follow the rules for doing so. We ask you to show common sense, so you avoid:

  • Taking close-up pictures of Russian territory or Russian border guards.
  • Taking pictures in a way that could be seen as provocative.

Can I be in the area around the Three Country Cairn?

You are not allowed to walk all the way around the Three Country Cairn because you would have to cross the border into Russia to do so.

To avoid accidentally crossing into Russia, you should stay out of the cleared area that forms the border corridor.

The Three Country Cairn marks the point where the borders between Norway, Finland and Russia meet. It is therefore kept under constant surveillance by border guards, military patrols, observation posts and technical equipment. The three countries' border authorities coordinate their surveillance activities and communicate with each other.

Can I contact people on the other side of the border?

You are not allowed to:

  • Talk to or have any other contact with people on the other side of the border, unless the Norwegian Commissioner for the Norwegian-Russian Border has given you permission to do so.
  • Do anything near the border that could be seen as insulting to the other side. This applies whether your action targets the country as a whole, its government or institutions.

You are allowed to:

  • Wave or say hello to someone on the other side of the border. You may also respond if they greet you first.
  • Cross the border if someone on the other side is in danger and needs your immediate help. You may not cross the border if the person is already receiving help. If an emergency situation leads to a conversation across the border or, at worst, that you cross the border yourself, you must tell the nearest border post or the Norwegian Commissioner for the Norwegian-Russian Border as soon as possible.