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Snowhotel - Kirkenes (Norway)

Experience the magic of Snowhotel located in Kirkenes, a Norwegian town on the Russian border with a rich culture and fascinating history.

Overview

Kirkenes is a small Norwegian town on the edge of Europe at the Russian border. It is also the last port of call for the famous Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer making such a remote location relatively accessible.

Every winter Snowhotel is built on the shores of a frozen fjord outside Kirkenes, deep in the wilderness and away from artificial light. It is a prime location from which to be mesmerised by the northern lights as they work their magic across the night sky. 

Each of the 20 rooms at Snowhotel is unique and is hand carved in snow and ice. Clever lighting gives impressive results and you can sleep soundly in thick arctic
sleeping bags on insulated mattresses at a constant -4C, no matter how cold it gets outside. 15 tonnes of ice are used to build snowbar, where you can enjoy an Arctic cocktail from an ice glass that slowly moulds itself to your lips. ‘Simply relax and enjoy!’

The new warm cabins are designed around the Sami ‘gamme’ cabins found in the Arctic wilderness. With large panoramic windows, fjord views and comfortable chairs covered in sheepskin, you don’t need to venture outside to wait for the northern lights. One of the major attractions of this holiday is the flexibility Simply Sweden can bring to your holiday, combined with many of our other northern Norway holidays.

In May, after the northern lights have given way to the powerful midnight sun, Snowhotel slowly melts away and returns to nature... until next year.

Itinerary

This holiday can be easily tailor made to fit in with a Hurtigruten Coastal Cruise connecting Tromsø and / or the Lofoten Islands.

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Kirkenes (or arrival on the Hurtigruten).
Transfer to Snowhotel.
Evening meal.
Check in to your snow room.

Day 2
Breakfast.
Day at leisure and optional activities.
Check in to your warm cabin.
Evening meal.

Day 3
Breakfast.
Day at leisure and optional activities.
Evening meal.

Day 4
Breakfast.
Transfer to the airport for flights back to the UK (via Oslo), or to the quay for a Hurtigruten cruise. 

Accommodation

Snowhotel - Kirkenes (Cold rooms)

An unforgettable experience as described by National Geographic. A warm welcome drink is served at the Snow Bar in the form of a drink made from berries found in the nearby Pasvik Valley. A guided tour of Snowhotel and a peek inside all the rooms.

You will sleep in thick comfortable sleeping bags in spacious rooms of ice and snow. No matter how cold it gets outside, the temperature inside Snowhotel will not drop below -7C. Wrapped in your arctic sleeping bag, you can be sure to sleep well deep inside the Arctic Circle - many tell us it's their best ever sleep! 

Click on the image for more photos. 

Snowhotel - Kirkenes (Warm Gamme Cabins)

These luxurious new warm cabins are designed around the Sami ‘gamme’ cabins found in the Arctic wilderness - only a touch more comfortable!

With large panoramic windows, fjord views and comfortable chairs covered in sheepskin, you don’t need to venture outside to wait for the northern lights. 

These comfortable cabins are decorated in a typically Scandinavian style, with light wooden walls, simple aesthetics and state of the art bathrooms. 

Please click on the image for more photos.

Activities & Excursions

Snowhotel Activities 2017/18

All activities below require a minimum of two people.

King Crab Excursion
A delicacy from the north. Travel by snowmobile sled along the frozen fjord and pull up the pots. It’s easy to understand the name ‘king crab’. Learn how to cook them and enjoy this local delicacy in the cosy surroundings of an old farm house.
£194pp. 4hr30. 1pm or 5pm.

Ice Fishing
A traditional local pastime and a great way to relax and soak up the silence of nature. Includes local snacks.
£171pp. 2hrs. 1pm.

Husky Excursion
One of the best ways to explore this region is by husky sled. There will be 2 people per sled and a musher, driving you through the wilderness. Admire the pristine scenery of the Arctic tundra.
£149pp. 2hrs. 1pm.

Northern Lights Husky
One of the best ways to explore this region is by husky sled. There will be 2 people per sled and a musher, driving you through the wilderness. With a little luck the northern lights will glitter in the night sky. Includes a wilderness meal.
£216pp. 4hrs. 5pm.

Snowshoe Excursion
2km guided snowshoe walk floating on top of virgin snow.
Don't forget you get to use snowshoes for free as a guest at Snowhotel.
£107pp. 2hrs. 1pm

Snowmobile Excursion
An exciting way to explore the snow-covered scenery around Kirkenes. You will ride 2 per snowmobile and take it in turns to drive.
£231pp. 2hrs. 1, 3, 5 or 9pm (choose 9pm for northern lights).
£268pp. 4hrs. 1pm.

Aurora Express
If the conditions are good for the northern lights and you want to chase them this is for you. Book locally.
Approx. 2hr. 700NOK per person.

Dates

Snowhotel (cold accommodation) opens on 20Dec and closes on 20Apr.

The northern lights season is recognised as October to March.

 

Prices

Price from 
£1355 per person

Supplements from 
£145 per person Christmas and New Year supplement (from 20Dec to 6Jan)

Price includes
Return flights from the UK to Kirkenes
Airport transfers in Kirkenes
1 night in a snow room at Snowhotel
2 nights in warm Gamme Cabins
3 x breakfasts and 3 x evening meals
Warm outer clothing

Gallery

Information

This holiday can be easily combined with a northern lights cruise on the famous Hurtigruten Coastal Cruise, connecting Kirkenes, Tromsø and the Lofoten Islands.

Overview

Kirkenes is a small Norwegian town on the edge of Europe at the Russian border. It is also the last port of call for the famous Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer making such a remote location relatively accessible.

Every winter Snowhotel is built on the shores of a frozen fjord outside Kirkenes, deep in the wilderness and away from artificial light. It is a prime location from which to be mesmerised by the northern lights as they work their magic across the night sky. 

Each of the 20 rooms at Snowhotel is unique and is hand carved in snow and ice. Clever lighting gives impressive results and you can sleep soundly in thick arctic
sleeping bags on insulated mattresses at a constant -4C, no matter how cold it gets outside. 15 tonnes of ice are used to build snowbar, where you can enjoy an Arctic cocktail from an ice glass that slowly moulds itself to your lips. ‘Simply relax and enjoy!’

The new warm cabins are designed around the Sami ‘gamme’ cabins found in the Arctic wilderness. With large panoramic windows, fjord views and comfortable chairs covered in sheepskin, you don’t need to venture outside to wait for the northern lights. One of the major attractions of this holiday is the flexibility Simply Sweden can bring to your holiday, combined with many of our other northern Norway holidays.

In May, after the northern lights have given way to the powerful midnight sun, Snowhotel slowly melts away and returns to nature... until next year.

Itinerary

This holiday can be easily tailor made to fit in with a Hurtigruten Coastal Cruise connecting Tromsø and / or the Lofoten Islands.

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Kirkenes (or arrival on the Hurtigruten).
Transfer to Snowhotel.
Evening meal.
Check in to your snow room.

Day 2
Breakfast.
Day at leisure and optional activities.
Check in to your warm cabin.
Evening meal.

Day 3
Breakfast.
Day at leisure and optional activities.
Evening meal.

Day 4
Breakfast.
Transfer to the airport for flights back to the UK (via Oslo), or to the quay for a Hurtigruten cruise. 

Accomodation

Snowhotel - Kirkenes (Cold rooms)

An unforgettable experience as described by National Geographic. A warm welcome drink is served at the Snow Bar in the form of a drink made from berries found in the nearby Pasvik Valley. A guided tour of Snowhotel and a peek inside all the rooms.

You will sleep in thick comfortable sleeping bags in spacious rooms of ice and snow. No matter how cold it gets outside, the temperature inside Snowhotel will not drop below -7C. Wrapped in your arctic sleeping bag, you can be sure to sleep well deep inside the Arctic Circle - many tell us it's their best ever sleep! 

Click on the image for more photos. 

Snowhotel - Kirkenes (Warm Gamme Cabins)

These luxurious new warm cabins are designed around the Sami ‘gamme’ cabins found in the Arctic wilderness - only a touch more comfortable!

With large panoramic windows, fjord views and comfortable chairs covered in sheepskin, you don’t need to venture outside to wait for the northern lights. 

These comfortable cabins are decorated in a typically Scandinavian style, with light wooden walls, simple aesthetics and state of the art bathrooms. 

Please click on the image for more photos.

Excursions

Snowhotel Activities 2017/18

All activities below require a minimum of two people.

King Crab Excursion
A delicacy from the north. Travel by snowmobile sled along the frozen fjord and pull up the pots. It’s easy to understand the name ‘king crab’. Learn how to cook them and enjoy this local delicacy in the cosy surroundings of an old farm house.
£194pp. 4hr30. 1pm or 5pm.

Ice Fishing
A traditional local pastime and a great way to relax and soak up the silence of nature. Includes local snacks.
£171pp. 2hrs. 1pm.

Husky Excursion
One of the best ways to explore this region is by husky sled. There will be 2 people per sled and a musher, driving you through the wilderness. Admire the pristine scenery of the Arctic tundra.
£149pp. 2hrs. 1pm.

Northern Lights Husky
One of the best ways to explore this region is by husky sled. There will be 2 people per sled and a musher, driving you through the wilderness. With a little luck the northern lights will glitter in the night sky. Includes a wilderness meal.
£216pp. 4hrs. 5pm.

Snowshoe Excursion
2km guided snowshoe walk floating on top of virgin snow.
Don't forget you get to use snowshoes for free as a guest at Snowhotel.
£107pp. 2hrs. 1pm

Snowmobile Excursion
An exciting way to explore the snow-covered scenery around Kirkenes. You will ride 2 per snowmobile and take it in turns to drive.
£231pp. 2hrs. 1, 3, 5 or 9pm (choose 9pm for northern lights).
£268pp. 4hrs. 1pm.

Aurora Express
If the conditions are good for the northern lights and you want to chase them this is for you. Book locally.
Approx. 2hr. 700NOK per person.

Dates

Snowhotel (cold accommodation) opens on 20Dec and closes on 20Apr.

The northern lights season is recognised as October to March.

 

Prices

Price from 
£1355 per person

Supplements from 
£145 per person Christmas and New Year supplement (from 20Dec to 6Jan)

Price includes
Return flights from the UK to Kirkenes
Airport transfers in Kirkenes
1 night in a snow room at Snowhotel
2 nights in warm Gamme Cabins
3 x breakfasts and 3 x evening meals
Warm outer clothing

Gallery More Info

This holiday can be easily combined with a northern lights cruise on the famous Hurtigruten Coastal Cruise, connecting Kirkenes, Tromsø and the Lofoten Islands.