Kirkenes, in the very far north of Norway near the Russian border, is famous for freshly caught King Crabs and Snowhotel Kirkenes. This overnight stay is an ideal addition to any Classic Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage. Snowhotel Kirkenes 365 offers igloo accommodation all year round, plus seasonal activities. There is an option to stay in a Gamme Cabin (warm accommodation) if you prefer - please enquire. The Hurtigruten Classic Voyage North ends with arrival here around 09:00hrs, whilst the Hurtigruten Classic Voyage South starts at 12:30hrs.
Day 1 Kirkenes Arrival and King Crab Safari
Transfer from Hurtigruten wharf, Kirkenes airport or downtown to a King Crab Safari.
Summer departures (01 May-30 Nov): cruise along the Barents Sea by RIB boat, help pull up the King Crab cages from the depths. Return to a rustic restuarant by the fjord, where your guide will serve the fresh catch in local Norwegian style.
Winter departures (01 Dec-30 Apr): transfer to Snowhotel Kirkenes and join a safari by Snowmobile Sled pulled by the guide out on the fjord ice. Step out on the frozen fjord, help pull up the King Crab cages through a hole in the ice. Return to a rustic restuarant by the fjord, where your guide will serve the fresh catch in local Norwegian style.
After the safari transfer back to Snowhotel for your 365 Overnight Adventure. Stay in a private 365 ice room, uniquely carved by a master Ice Sculptor at Snowhotel 365 - a hotel made completely of snow and ice. With a constant temperature of -4°, you are in for a cool and magical experience. There is a warm/thermal sleeping bag with demonstration. Restrooms / showers / wardrobe /sauna are located in the service building adjacent to Snowhotel, and you will have access to the warm lounge 24/7.
Perhaps tonight you make like to add on one of the Northern Lights optional excursions: Northern Lights Hunt by Bus (01 Sep- 15 Apr); Northern Lights hunt by Husky (01 Dec-30 Apr) or Northern Lights hunt by Snowmobile (20 Dec-30 Apr).
Day 2 Kirkenes Departure
After breakfast and depending on your departure time in winter, you may have time for a morning optional excursion: Earlybird 1 hour Husky Experience (20 Oct-30 Nov); 1 hour Husky Safari (01 Dec-30 Apr) or a 2 hour Snowmobile Safari (20 Dec-30 Apr)
Transfer to Kirkenes airport, downtown or Hurtigruten wharf and end of arrangements.
2023 departures: daily all year
2024 departures: daily all year
Minimum 2 persons
Package also available in a cosy Gamme Cabin - please enquire.
This overnight package must be booked in conjunction with other Nordic Travel arrangements.