Jakobselva (Sør-Varanger)

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Ворьема / Vuoremijoki / Vuorján
Grense Jakobselv Grenze.jpg
View of border markers along the river
Countries Norway, Russia
Regions Finnmark county, Murmansk Oblast
Source Vuorjánláđvi
 - location Grensefjellet, Finnmark, Norway
 - elevation 344 m (1,129 ft)
 - coordinates 69°32′47″N 30°42′09″E / 69.54639°N 30.70250°E / 69.54639; 30.70250
Mouth Varangerfjorden
 - location Grense Jakobselv, Finnmark, Norway
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 69°46′53″N 30°49′08″E / 69.78139°N 30.81889°E / 69.78139; 30.81889Coordinates: 69°46′53″N 30°49′08″E / 69.78139°N 30.81889°E / 69.78139; 30.81889
Length 45 km (28 mi)
Basin 236.44 km2 (91 sq mi)
 - average 4.13 m3/s (146 cu ft/s)

Jakobselva or Grense Jakobselv River (English: Jacob's River, Russian: Ворьема, Finnish: Vuoremijoki, Northern Sami: Vuorján) is a river that runs along the Russia-Norway border. The river runs along the border of Sør-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway, and Pechengsky District in Murmansk Oblast, Russia. The river discharges into the Varangerfjorden, a bay off the Barents Sea.[1]

This river is known as a superb salmon fishing river, but where the river forms the border only Norwegian citizens and long-term residents of Norway are permitted to fish, and then only on the Norwegian side of the river (fishing license needed).[2] The Russian side is normally not accessible,[3] something which is a general rule for all the Russian border to Norway and Finland.

The Jakobselva lends its name to the small village of Grense Jakobselv, near the mouth of the river in Norway.


  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Jakobselva" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  2. ^ "Forskrift om fisket i den norske del av Grense-Jakobselv" (PDF) (in Norwegian). politi.no. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  3. ^ Серебро северных широт (in Russian)