Bugøynes Norway

Save the date 29-30.5.2024

Our event provides opportunities for collaboration, networkig and innovation, bringing together businesses from Norway and Finland to break down barries and promote cross-border partnerships. At our event, participants can gain new insights and ideas, make valuable connections, and develop strategies for achieving their business goals. With a focus on crossborder cooperation and long-term partnerships, this is the perfect place for local businesses to experiment with new ideas, connect with other businesses and grow together.

Agenda & Schedule

The theme of the event is tourism

Program for Cross Border Business Lab, Bugøynes

Day 1:

10:00-11:00 Arrival Bugøynes and check-in at Bugøynes Bistro

11:00-12:00 Lunch at Bugøynes Bistro

  • Short introduction and greeting by Wenche Pedersen, mayor of Vadsø municipality and chairman of East Finnmark Regional Council
  • Short introduction and greeting by Päivi Kontio, mayor of Utsjoki

12:00-12:15 Transit to the conference venue at the community education center Bugøynes Oppvekstsenter

12:15-17:00 Seminars


  • «Bugøynes – a fishing village in borderland. A historical perspective». – Einar Niemi
  • News from the international markets – Anne Koivisto form Snowhotel Kirkenes
  • How to succeed with Route Development, Nina Julianne Jensen Senior Route Development Manager the Avinor Group

  • Dark Sky project, Bernt Nilsen


13:45-14:00 Break with coffee and snacks.



  • Cooperation in tourism business, Hanne Junnilainen, Kiila Consulting Oy
  • New opportunities in fishing tourism, Elias Teriö, Terioe Oy


15:00 -17:00

  • Short company presentations
  • Workshops – How do we work towards a common utilization of the tourism industry for businesses on both sides of the border? Work in groups. Fasilitated workshop.


17:00-18:00 Free time for leisure


18:00-19:00 Cocktail party and reception at Varanger brygge

  • Pål Haldorsen gives a short introduction to his work with fishing tourism


19:00-22:00 Dinner at Bugøynes Bistro


22:00 Egnebuloftet Pub is open


 Day 2:

07:30-09:00 Breakfast at Bugøynes Bistro



  • Presentation of yesterday’s workshop results
  • B2B meetings of 10 minutes. 4 meetings per hour, maximum 10 meetings. Registration for meetings on the 1st


11:30 – 12:30

Tour of Norwegian King Crab factory and history of how the King Crab has become a vital part of the tourism industry in Eastern Finnmark. 


12:30-13:30 Lunch and check-out.

Complimentary refreshments, lunch and dinner will be served on the event.

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There is a limited number of places for the event, so register by May 24, 2024

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