Winter Wonderland

Winter fun in Northern Norway + Snow Hotel stay
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 choose between a "cool" night in a Snow Igloo, or a warm Gamme cabin.

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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 and after a brief driving lesson, 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.

Return to the hotel and check out, taking just a small overnight bag for tonight and leaving the rest of your luggage in storage at the hotel in Kirkenes.  At about 17.00hrs pick up at the hotel and transfer to the Snow Hotel. On arrival you will enjoy a welcome drink made from berries collected from the surrounding hills, whilst sitting in the fabulous Snow Bar.  Enjoy a fantastic 3 course dinner made from locally sourced produce, seated in the cosy restaurant around an open fire. After dinner maybe visit some of the resident reindeer  and step outside to search for the fabled northern lights, before retiring for a very different overnight!  Choose betweeen a Snow Igloo or a  wooden "Gamme" Cabin.

The Snow 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.

Or in the charming wooden cabin, inspired by the traditional hunting and fishing Gamme huts of the Artic, there is a large panoramic window  so you can gaze out in warmth and comfort, as you look for the Northern Lights. Whichever you choose, being so far away from light pollution makes this  a wonderful place to seek the magical Aurora Borealis.

DAY 3: Kirkenes Return and Hunt for the Northern Lights
Breakfast at the Snow Hotel before transferring back to the hotel in Kirkenes.

Day at leisure. Then tonight enjoy one final hunt for the Northern Lights- you can choose between doing this by bus, on a snowmobile or on a dog sled!  Late return to the hotel.

Day 4 Kirkenes
Following breakfast, your arrangements conclude.

Departures: Daily 20 December to 20 April  

Includes: 2 nights hotel in Kirkenes, 1 night Kirkenes Snow Hotel in Snow Igloo or Gamme Cabin, meals as detailed, guided activities, return transfers, outer thermal clothing use for snowmobiling and dog-sledding excursions.

Excludes: Optional activities, Russian Visa

Tour Notes:

* Minimum 2 persons

* You can extend your tour with extra nights for the opportunity to experience more northern fun!

* 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.

* If you are feeling more adventurous, you can also stay overnight in a cosy guesthouse in the vastness of the forest, or in a true Norwegian wildernesss cabin. Please enquire.

* A Locally Guided Tour is one where you are accompanied by a local English speaking guide whilst you are on an included excursion. For the remainder of the tour time you are unescorted.

* 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$ 2220.00

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

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