Norway tour: Snowhotel Delights

Independent Touring, Northern Lights & Winter Fun
Winter fun in Northern Norway + Snowhotel stay
3 or 4 days
Dec - Apr
General Prices
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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 safari to the Norwegian - Russian border, and more. Hurtigruten 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 Snowhotel, where the silence and peace will astound you. Who knows, the Northern Lights might shine clearly in the dark skies! 

Choose between a 3 day / 2 night package (1 night in Kirkenes + 1 night at the Snowhotel) or a 4 day / 3 night package (2 nights in Kirkenes + 1 night at the Snowhotel). The itinerary shown is for the 3 day / 2 night tour - notes for the longer tour follow.

Day 1 Kirkenes Arrival and Northern Lights 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 fantastic guided King Crab & Snowmobile Safari. Travel by snowmobile to the best fishing spot, to catch the crabs. Then sit by the campfire in a traditional lavvo or tent, and feast on the freshly cooked crabs, with a glass of white wine, plus coffee or tea. During the snowmobile safari several stops are made to search the night skies for the fabled Northern Lights. 

After this memorable meal, transfer back to your hotel in Kirkenes. Overnight at Scandic Hotel or similar.

Day 2 Husky Safari & Snowhotel 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) in the wilderness area of Pasvikdalen, one of the last true wilderness lands of Europe. After meeting your team of happy huskies, and a short driving lesson and safety instruction, help to harness the dogs and then its time to start! Enjoy the silence of the landscape while gliding across the snow, with only the small sounds of the dogs to be heard, and enjoy the delightful interaction between you and your dogs that the safari creates. The driving distance is about 20-25km and the safari ends with a light lunch around an open fire.

Later this afternoon transfer to the Snowhotel. 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 3 course dinner made from locally sourced produce. Tonight all you need to do is just step outside and look up, to search for the fabled northern lights. Being so far away from light pollution, this is a wonderful place to seek this magical sight. 

You can choose to stay tonight in a Snow Igloo or in a warm Gamme Cabin.

Snow Igloos 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.

Gamme Cabins are private, charming wooden cabins, inspired by the traditional hunting and fishing Gamme huts of the Artic and Sami areas. The cabins are like small jewels and have every comfort including air conditioning, underfloor heating and a snug bathroom with a separate aurora glass wall. Best of all, the cabins have a large panoramic window and lounge chairs covered in sheepskins, so you can gaze out in warmth and comfort, as you look for the Northern Lights. All cabins have private facilities.

Day 3 Return to Kirkenes
Breakfast at the Snowhotel before transferring back to Kirkenes. 

Departures 2017 - 2018: Daily 20 December to 20 April 

Minimum 2 persons

Includes3 day/2 night tour: 1 night in standard hotel room in Kirkenes, 1 night Snowhotel in Snow Igloo or Gamme Cabin, 2 breakfasts, 3 course dinner at Snow Hotel, transfers Kirkenes-Snowhotel and return, guided King Crab safari and guided husky safari with use of outer thermal clothing during safaris. 2 persons share the driving of each snowmobile and dog sled.

Please enquire for the price for the 4 day/3 night tour- this longer tour has one additional night in a hotel in Kirkenes, after your Snowhotel stay, plus an exciting Northern Lights excursion by bus on the evening of Day 3.

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.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1485.00

Includes:  3 days/2 night tour: 1 night hotel in standard room in Kirkenes, 1 night Kirkenes Snow Hotel in Snow Igloo or Gamme Cabin, daily breakfast, 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. Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel and higher rates do apply for travel between 20 December and 06 January inclusive

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