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    5 days - Snowhotel stay easily combined with Hurtigruten voyage

    Join us for a fun-filled winter adventure in Northern Norway, including an unforgettable night in a hotel constructed entirely of ice and snow. This is an independent itinerary and is right in the Aurora Zone. You will enjoy snowmobile safari riding through snow covered fjord areas and mountain fells, husky dogsledding and also king crab fishing. There will also be a chance to see the Northern Lights on an evening tour if you are lucky.

    This trip is great for everyone - fun family trip, romantic get away or a relaxing easy way to enjoy the Northern lights and Winter season in Norway.

    For several other Northern Lights tours, read here.

    Day 1
    Arrive in Kirkenes
    Day 2
    Husky Dogsledding Safari during the day and searching for the Northern Lights in the evening
    Day 3
    King Crab Fishing Safari
    Day 4
    Snowmobile Safari and your night in the Snowhotel
    Day 5
    Scandinavian breakfast, saunas and check out
    Start/End Place
    Kirkenes, Norway
    Country Visited
    Norway
    Duration
    5 Days
    Type
    Touring
    Suitability
    Easy
    Code
    KWE001

    Details

    Transportation

    Dogsledding, private transfers and snowmobiling.

    Included
    • Standard: 3 nights in a hotel room with private facilities + 1 night at the Kirkenes Snowhotel, in a snow suite.
    • Nordic+: 3 nights in a Gamme Cabin with private facilities + 1 night at the Kirkenes Snowhotel, in a snow suite.
    • Standard: 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 1 Dinner.
    • Nordic+: 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 4 Dinners.
    • Snowmobile excursion with warm clothing, Husky safari with warm clothing, Northern Lights evening excursion by minibus, and King Crab fishing excursion.
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included
    • Meals not specified in the itinerary
    • Gratuities and items of personal nature
    • Travel insurance
    • Flights
    • Airport transfers

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive in Kirkenes

    Arrive in Kirkenes airport or port, and make your way to your hotel in Kirkenes, a small Northern Norway town. The rest of your day is at your leisure and if you wish to add some activities to your day, please let us know.


    Day 2 - Husky Dogsledding Safari during the day and searching for the Northern Lights in the evening

    After a relaxing breakfast in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel, and we drive to our husky farm. The guides will teach you the basics of handling your husky team and then we head out into the nature. Husky sledding is one of the best ways to travel in the Arctic Tundra and during this 2-hour safari you will get to see the amazing winter landscapes and enjoy the thrill of driving your husky team.

    After dinner time you will head out to the nature again, this time on our Northern Lights minibus tour in search for the magical Northern Lights.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast

    Day 3 - King Crab Fishing Safari

    The Arctic King Crab is a sought after delicacy and you will learn how to catch, prepare and eat them. Your guide takes you out and you can lend a hand in sawing through the ice before your guide attempts to land you a few of these massive crustaceans. Enjoy the day's catch for lunch seated by a cosy fire in a small local farmhouse by the lake. You will travel to the lake by snowmobile sleigh (you are passengers on the sleigh).

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch

    Day 4 - Snowmobile Safari and your night in the Snowhotel

    After breakfast, check out of the hotel and get ready for your Snowmobile Safari. You will be kitted out in warm clothing before leaving. Enjoy a picnic lunch served en route as you snowmobile through the snow covered fjord area and over the beautiful surrounding fells.

    Tonight you will sleep in one of the cold snow rooms at the Snowhotel. Every room in Kirkenes Snowhotel is like a small treasure. The rooms are equipped with everything needed for a comfortable night in the somewhat extreme conditions. The pictures look like you are sleeping on ice, but that would be too cold and too hard for your back. The beds are framed with ice blocks and have comfortable mattresses with thermal insulation on top. You sleep inside a sleeping bag graded for -35 degrees celcius. However, snow is a very good insulator, so even when it's -35 degrees outside, the Snowhotel remains a stable -4 degrees.

    Upon entering the gates of the Snowhotel, you will receive a welcome drink at the snowbar, made from berries collected from surrounding hills. It will then be time to make the ‘coolest’ hotel check-in around!

    Your evening will then progress to a delicious 3 course dinner. The food served is charmingly traditional and locally sourced. Your guide will be available to help you prepare for the evening ahead, making sure you are as comfortable as possible. After dinner you will have the opportunity to walk around the snowhotel and say hello to our resident reindeers, and with any luck, catch a glimpse of the northern lights.

    Staying overnight gives you free access to borrow cross country skiis, snowshoes, winter clothing and kick sledges. Wifi, tea and coffee included.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Kirkenes Snow Hotel

    Day 5 - Scandinavian breakfast, saunas and check out

    After having one of the most 'refreshing' sleeps to date, you are able to take a sauna and a shower before having breakfast between 7:00am and 9:30am. All snowhotel overnight guests will receive one of the ‘coolest certificates’ to commemorate their stay at the snowhotel.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    All prices listed are per person.

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    18 Dec 2018
    20 Apr 2019
    18 Dec 2018
    20 Apr 2019
    EUR 1,758
    Available
    Standard
    18 Dec 2018
    20 Apr 2019
    18 Dec 2018
    20 Apr 2019
    EUR 2,350
    Available
    Superior
    18 Dec 2018
    20 Apr 2019
    18 Dec 2018
    20 Apr 2019
    EUR 350
    Available
    Extra for Single

    Important Information

    There are other optional excursions you can add to this itinerary - please ask us for details about the cross country skiing, aurora hunting, ice fishing and other optional activities.

    What is it like staying in an snowhotel:

    Generally, the entire exterior and interior is made of snow and ice including the beds, tables and internal features. They typically have a bar and/or restaurant attached – some made of ice, others are traditional wooden structures providing a cosy atmosphere with open fires. Ice chapels are also built within the structure.

    The temperature inside the rooms remains constant at minus 4-7 degrees Celsius. Depending on your location, reindeer hides, balaclavas, thermal mattresses and sleeping bags will keep you warm, and ensure you will have a comfortable night. You still might feel the chill of the night, however, adjacent to the cold rooms are lounge areas with facilities, showers, and in some locations, a sauna to warm up in. Warm drinks are provided in the morning.

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