This tour spends time in Kirkenes, in the far Arctic north of Norway, from where you can enjoy some great winter fun activities - dog-sledding, snowmobiling and searching for the Northern Lights. The first night is spent in a comfortable hotel room in town, whilst the other 2 nights are in amazing 'warm' and 'cold' accommodations at the Snowhotel.
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Each winter the Snowhotel is created from snow and ice, and carved with amazing decorative friezes and sculptures. Spend one night (Day 2 of the tour) in an Ice Room, where you will sleep on a bed carved from ice, snuggled warmly in a thermal sleeping bag and blankets. Then spend one night (Day 3 of the tour) in a charming wooden cabin, inspired by the traditional hunting and fishing Gamme huts of the Artic, 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. Being so far away from light pollution, this is a wonderful place to seek the magical Aurora Borealis.
This tour is ideal if you are arriving into or departing from Kirkenes on the Hurtigruten Coastal ferry.
Day 1 Arrival Kirkenes
On arrival in Kirkenes make your own way to your hotel. There is plenty of time for an optional King Crab Safari by snowmobile, which departs at either 13:00 or 17:00 hours. Help pull the crab from a hole sawn in the fjord's ice, then enjoy the very freshest possible meal by a cosy log fire!
Day 2 Snow Hotel, Aurora Express & Overnight Ice Room
The morning is free to relax. Pick up from Kirkenes at either 13:00 or 17:00 for transfer to the Snow Hotel.
Explore your surroundings, as the hotel is beautifully situated by the shores of a frozen lake. Take a short walk and say hi to the resident reindeer, or you can relax in the sauna. Then enjoy a welcome (non-alcoholic) drink at the ice bar. Dinner tonight is a delicious, locally sourced 3-course meal, served by the fire, in a traditional Sami lavvo. After dinner, enjoy a 2.5hr Aurora Express excursion, searching for the Lights while seated cosily in a warm and comfortable minibus. Your local guide will take you to the best viewing spots along the borders.
Then it is time to experience the adventure of a night in an Ice Room! Your room is carved from snow and ice and each suite is truly a work of art. Warm sleeping bags and sheets are provided, as well as extra clothing and hot water bottles if needed. A warm lounge serves midnight teas and coffees and there are showers, sauna and toilets in a separate building, right next door.
Day 3 Snowmobiling, Husky Safari and Overnight Gamme Cabin
After breakfast and a warm shower and sauna, set off in the morning for a 2hr snowmobile safari. 2 persons share the driving of each snowmobile, as you speed across the vast, snowy landscapes. After a light lunch get ready for a date with the huskies! These friendly, hard working dogs will whisk you silently along through the trees on shared sleds, with 2 persons per sled. Your husky safari starts at 15:00hrs and lasts for 2 hours, after which you return to the hotel.
Spend a memorable and romantic night tonight in your very special Gamme cabin. Dinner is a delicious locally sourced three-course meal, served inside a delightful converted barn, just 50m from your cabin.
Day 4 Snow Hotel - Kirkenes
After breakfast, 09:00hrs transfer back to downtown Kirkenes, the airport or the Hurtigruten quay, where your tour concludes.
Departures: daily 20 December - 20 April (except Christmas Day and New Years Eve)
Includes: 1 night at hotel in Kirkenes including breakfast, 2 nights at Snowhotel- 1st in Gamme Cabin & 2nd in Ice Room including breakfasts, 2 x 3 course dinners whilst at Snowhotel, lunch Day 3, 2 hr husky safari 2 persons per dog sled, 2.5 hr Aurora Express minibus excursion, 2 hr snowmobile safari 2 persons per snowmobile, transfers to/from Kirkenes, use of outer thermal clothing during husky and snowmobile safaris.
Excludes: optional King Crab Safari
* Minimum 2 persons
* Extra nights in Kirkenes in a hotel room or in a Gamme Cabin at the Snowhotel can be added
* you can also do the Snowhotel Delights package as a 3 day/2 night tour, without the overnight in an Ice Room - please enquire
* For a slightly different version of this itinerary see our tour Kirkenes Winter Wonderland
* Or, you can just stay at the Snowhotel without time in Kirkenes - please enquire
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