The traditional contact between Northern Norway and Northern Russia is still alive today, in the form of oral stories that have survived as memories and as permanent cultural monuments. In several of the small harbours the Russians visited, one still finds various buildings and sheds, for instance, "the Russian fishermen's sheds" located in Hamningberg, "the Russian warehouses" in Indre Kiberg and the flour sheds in Kiby outside of Vadsø. Characteristically the principal building material used was timber from Russia ("Russian timber" or "Russian planks") made of pine or larch wood. The majority of the roofs were sod-covered with an under-layer comprised of birch bark "Russian birch bark" which was delivered in large bulk piles that were tied together.

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