Winter Wonderland

Winter fun in Northern Norway + Snow Hotel stay
3 or 4 days
Dec - Apr
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Kirkenes, in the very far north of Norway near the Russian border, is an ideal place for fantastic winter fun - search for the Northern Lights by snowmobile, eat freshly caught North Sea King crabs, enjoy an exciting dog-sledding tour to the Norwegian-Russian border and more. Huritgruten start and finish their Norwegian Coastal voyages in Kirkenes, so you can take this tour to fit in with your cruise.

The tour includes a night in the famous Snow Hotel, where the silence and peace will astound you. Who knows, the Northern Lights might shine clearly in the dark skies! 

You can take this tour as a 3 day/2 night package (with 1 night at a hotel in Kirkenes and 1 night in the Snow Igloo) or as a 4 day/3 night package (with 2 nights at a hotel in Kirkenes and 1 night in the Snow Igloo).

The itinerary shown below is for the 3 day/2 night tour and notes for the longer tour follow.

Day 1: Kirkenes Arrival and King Crab Safari by Snowmobile Adventure
Upon arrival in Kirkenes, make your own way to your hotel and time at leisure. At 18:00hrs pick up from your hotel for a guided King Crab & Snowmobile Safari. Travel to the best fishing spot to catch the crabs and while the crabs are being cooked, enjoy an exciting guided snowmobile tour, travelling towards the Siberian taiga forest in Pasvik. 2 persons share the driving of each snowmobile. Then feast on the freshly cooked crabs, with a glass of white wine, coffee and tea. After this memorable meal transfer back to your hotel in Kirkenes at approximately 22:00hrs. (Please note that if weather conditions do not allow for snowmobiling we will catch crabs from the harbour instead).  Overnight at Scandic Hotel or similar.

Day 2: Dog-sledding & Snow Hotel overnight
This morning pick-up from the hotel at about 10:00hrs for your dog-sledding safari. Transfer to the husky farm (about one hour's drive away) then after meetign yoru tema of happy huskies, and a driving lesson and safety instructions , enjoy the silence of the landscape while mushing your own dog team, (or you can be seated comfortably in the sled as a passenger). Feel the interaction between you and the dogs while being guided safely through the winter borderland. The driving distance is about 20-25km and the safari ends with a light lunch around an open fire.

Then transfer to the Snow Hotel. On arrival, explore the unique facilities of this amazing hotel and maybe enjoy a  drink in the fabulous Snow Bar! Or visit some of the resident reindeer. This evening, relax and enjoy a dinner made from locally sourced produce, whilst seated in the cosy restaurant around an open fire. After dinner, just step outside and look up to search for the fabled northern lights, before retiring for a very different overnight!  

The Snow Igloo rooms are wonderful displays of snow architecture and Arctic nature, created each winter from local ice and snow, with ice sculptures, ice carvings and more. In your Snow Igloo you will sleep on a bed carved from ice, snuggled warmly in a thermal sleeping bag and blankets. Being so far away from light pollution makes this  a wonderful place to seek the magical Aurora Borealis.

Day 3: Return to Kirkenes
Breakfast and a warm shower at the Snow Hotel before transferring back to Kirkenes, where your arrangements conclude.

Departures: Daily 20 December to 20 April  

Includes:  3 days/2 night tour: 1 night hotel in standard room in Kirkenes with breakfast, 1 night at Kirkenes Snow Hotel in Snow Igloo with dinner and breakfast, transfers Kirkenes-Snow hotel and return, guided King Crab safari and guidedhusky safari, both with use of outer thermal clothing during the safaris. For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

Tour Notes:

* The 4 day / 3 night tour has one additional night in a hotel in Kirkenes, after your Snow Igloo stay, plus an exciting Northern Lights excursion by bus on the evening of Day 3.

* If you do not wish to stay overnight at the SnowHotel you can instead just have dinner there and return to the hotel in Kirkenes for the night.

* The Snow Igloos do not have running water, bathrooms or electricity. Showers, saunas and toilets are in a separate warm building nearby. Warm sleeping bags are provided as well as extra clothing and hot water bottles. Your luggage is stored in the luggage room.

* Please note the order of the activities may be altered due to unforeseen circumstances or weather.

* Higher rates do apply for travel between 20 December and 06 January inclusive

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1460.00
Single AUD$ 1537.00

Includes:  3 days/2 night tour: 1 night hotel in standard room in Kirkenes with breakfast, 1 night Kirkenes Snow Hotel in Snow Igloo, 3 course dinner at Snow Hotel, transfers Kirkenes-Snow hotel and return, King Crab safari and husky safari with use of outer thermal clothing during safaris.

Please enquire for the prices for the 4 day/3 night tour.

* Higher rates do apply for travel between 20 December and 06 January inclusive

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