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SNOWHOTEL – Norway

WELCOME

Everyone is welcome for a fun and exciting stay in our amazing winter world. Kirkenes Snowhotel opened in 2006, since then we are giving our guests a wonderful experience in one of Norways most beautiful surroundings. Snow is often described as something negative, when snow is falling in larger european or american cities society stops completely and traffic is in chaos.  We consider snow our friend, and we would like to show you different ways to enjoy winter and snow.
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Rooms

Every room in Kirkenes Snowhotel is like a small treasure. The rooms are five metres in diameter, and they are equipped with everything needed for a comfortable night. The pictures looks like you are sleeping on ice, but that would be to cold and to hard for your back, The beds are framed with ice blocks and the beds have comfortable mattresses with thermal insulation on top. You sleep inside a sleeping bag graded for -35 degrees Celsius.Humans produce a small amount of heat and moisture through breathing, That’s why the rooms have curtains instead of doors, to make the air circulate. In every room there is decorations and sculptures made from ice and snow. These arts are created by artists from the Chinese city of Harbin.All of our 20 snowsuites have a different theme from arctic culture or nature. The lighted ice sculptures gives the snowhotel a very cosy and special atmosphere.Here you find pictures of some of our snow suites, rest of them you will only see if you come visit us.Open from 20th of December to 20th of April
Double room: NOK 2450,- per person
Single room: NOK 2450,-
The price includes: Transfer from Kirkenes City centre, 3-course dinner in our wilderness restaurant, sauna and breakfast.
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Double Room

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Icebar

When constructing the Ice-bar we have used the expertise of the chinese ice sculpturers. Preparations begin already in Desember, at this time the ice on the lake next to the snowhotel is thick enough to use for construction, about 20 centimeters. This ice continues to grow with 2 cm every day till it reaches about 70 centimeters thickness. We use about one week to cut all the ice we need. This ice is cut by chainsaw and towed into the snowhotel with snowmobiles, Here the sculpturers transform it to amazing pieces of art. Every year we use about 15 tonnes of ice for the hotel bar and rooms. The bar and the sculpures are different from year to year, It is always exciting to see what the artist find inside the ice.

Our icebar serves icecold Vodka in glasses made of ice. Welcome to the coolest bar in town!

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Husky-trips

White snowcovered nature, a frozen lake under you, and a beautiful starcovered sky above. If you are lucky maybe the northern lights will show?
When snow is falling and temerature is below freezing there is still a lot a ways to enjoy nature! At Kirkenes Snowhotel we have more than 80 dogs ready to take you for an experience you will never forget!
The Alaskan husky is not a breed of dog, rather it is a type or a category. It is lacking international recognition as a breed of dog as there is no preferred type and no restriction as to ancestry; it is defined only by its purpose, which is that of a highly efficient sled dog. The Alaskan Husky is the sled dog of choice for world-class dog sled racing competition. They are very strong and enduring dog. The Alaska-husky comes from Alaska and northern Canada. Alaskan Huskies are often mixed with setters and retrievers. Alaskan Huskies are well adapted to the cold climate in northern Norway their best working conditions is at around -20 degrees Celsius. and still at -35 to -40 degrees they are able to do their job well, But at these temperatures us humans have to say  enough is enough and trow in the towel. The Norwegian Dog racer Robert Sørlie won the Iditarod race twice (worlds longest dog sled race) with the help of Alaskan Huskies.

We pick you up from your hotel, you get warm clothes and equipment from us. Our guide teach you the basics of handeling your team and then we head out into the nature. On the evening trip chances are good to see the northern lights as we are far away from electric lights. Make sure you bring your camera as there is plenty of chances for nice pictures.

We can promise you that a trip with our huskies is some of the most fun ways to enjoy nature, Taking your dog to the park will never be the same again after this!

Choose among the following excurtions:
2 hour start at 13:00 NOK 1400,- per person.
4 hour start at 13:00 NOK 1850,- per person. included wilderness lunch.
Hunting Northern lights by Husky: 5 hour start at 17:00 NOK 1975,- per person. included wilderness dinner.
Reservation necessary.

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King Crab excursion

Join us when we go out on the frozen ocean to catch the delicius Red King Crab. And of course you get to taste the King Crab when we prepare it for lunch in the fishermans house. The red King Crab originally comes from the northern pacific ocean around the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia. It was introduced to the Barents sea in the sixties when Soviet scientist flew it in from east sibiria to Murmansk. From Murmansk it multiplied and spread east and west in the Barents sea. The idea of this project was to get more food in the norther region of Russia. The King Crab can get up to  1.8 metres from toe-to-toe and weigh up to 10 kilos. When first discovered in these waters it was considered a large treath to the environment because it spread so far, but today comercial fishing is doing its best to limit its population. Its white meat is very delicious and reach high prices on the international market. ca $100 USD or €70 Euro per kilogram is not uncommon. You will understand why when you get to taste some fresh king crab for the first time.

Our guide brings you out on the frozen ocean with snowmobile, you are passengers in his sledge. Here we pull up the crab pod to see  how good todays catch was, Then we go back to the fisherman’s house where we get ready for the best seafood available, the red king crab.

This excursion is available from December to April
Duration 13:00 – ca 17:00
Price NOK 1600,- per person.
Minimum two persons.
Reservation necessary.

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Snowmobile

Snowmobile is a vehicle used for both transportation, recreation and sports. When driving a snowmobile in Norway you have to follow regulated tracks, this is to not harm or disturbe the wildlife and fauna to much. Snowmobiling is fun and exciting and easy to master. It brings you far into the nature in a short time so this makes it perfect for seeing the scenery, nature and maybe some wildlife.

We pick you up from your hotel and our experienced guides teach you how to operate the snowmobile. We have warm clothing and all the necesary safety equipment needed. Warm shoes and helmets.

Come with us and experience nice snow covered scenery. and Snowfun.

2 persons on each snowmobile. 1 driver and 1 is passenger. Halfway we switch places.
To operate a snowmobile you have to be 18 or older, and you need a driving licence for normal car.

The following excurtions can be booked:
2 hour, Starting at 13:00  NOK 1690,- person
4 hour, Starting at 13:00  NOK 2350,- person, included wilderness lunch
Hunting the Northern Lights, 2 hour starting at 21:00  NOK 1690,- per person
Reservation is required, minimum 2 persons

Hunting Northern Lights with bus

Northern Lights (lat:Aurora Borealis) is one of the most beautiful natures phenomenon you could imagine. Northern lights is magic, flowing, a playful light dancing over the sky. Color is changing most often it is green and blue, but it can also be white, nuances of pink or purple. Sometimes several colors combined in one show. Northern lights is difficult to describe in words, it should be watched live.

In winter we have evening trips with bus hunting for the Northern Lights. Our guide takes you away from the city and away from the artificial light to several locations where we have no disturbing light to maximize the chances to see this phenomenon.

Reservation is necessary. Start from Kirkenes centre.

Duration: 21:00 – 23:00
Price NOK 500,- per person
Minimum 6 persons

Icefishing

Try your luck on the frozen lake.

The best thing about icefishing is that you get out in nature, and you feel the tension waiting for the fish to catch the bate. The ice is ca 50 – 70 cm thick and completely safe.

Our guide takes you out on the ice where the chance is best for a catch. Wilderness lunsj is included.You get warm clothing and all the necessary equipment from us.

Duration: 3 hours
Starting at 13:00
Price NOK 1500,- per person
Reservation is necessary

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Snowshoeing with guide

Our guide takes you for snowshoe walking in nice nature in the area around Kirkenes Snowhotel. Snowshoes are used by native folks in all northern areas of the world. The snowshoes are much larger than normal shoes, this helps distribute your weight over a larger area enabling you to walk more easily on softer snow. Traditional snowshoes are made from branches of wood tied together with a web of leather strips or sinews. Today mdern snowshoes are typically made by a aluminum frame and fabrics. For snowshoeing you should be in normal condition. You will get a short introduction before we start. Warm clothes and necessary equipment you will get from us. This excursion gives you the chance for some nice winter pictures.

Duration ca 2 hours
Price NOK 750,- per person
Start at 13:00
Reservation necessary. Minimum 2 persons.

Andersgrotta

Kirkenes, Dresden and Malta have got one thing in common: These cities were heavily bombed during World War 2. Kirkenes had more than 300 bombing raids from Soviet airplanes, and more than 1000 times during the war years the Air raid alarms were sounded. This was because Kirkenes was one of the most strategic places in Europe during the war.

Visit Andersgrotta -Kirkenes largest bomb-shelter, built in 1943. Andersgrotta is constructed inside the bedrock in the centre of Kirkenes! We show a 9 min movie of unique archive-film explaining why Kirkenes was bombed and how life as a civilian was during the war.

No matter what political preferances, nationality or ethnicity -civilians should never be targets for the bombing.

Open every day in summer: May – September
Tour and show at 10:30 and 11:00
Pris Kr. 100,- per person

Sea-Fishing

Ocean-Fishing trip and rafting safari in the Barents sea.

This is one of the most exclusive fishing trips you can get north of the polar circle. Your safety is our guarantee. We head out to the Barents sea, where you see nothing else, the north pole is 2300 kilometers straight north. A spectacular feeling you won’t soon forget.

Our two RIB’s (Rigid Inflatable Boats) are certified for ocean safari, they are between 27 and 30 feet long and make a top speed of 40-62 knots. Safety is our trademark. All our captains are certified (D5L) IMO 60 and have safety training. We are the only north of the polar circle with this high training for this type of boats. We are guaranteing quality and safety. Our boats are fast, so we don’t waste a lot of your time on transportation to and from the fishing field. Our area is full of a wide range of birds and sea mammals. Sea-eagle, thumlare, porpoise, seals, and seabirds. We guarantee catch. Coal-fish, cod and haddock we get on almost every trip. From July there is a good chance to catch halibut. We can also give you a King Crab safari 15:30-18:00 extra charge 1250,- per person. Here you can eat as much King Crab you like. If you combine this ocean fishing excursion with a King crab safari we will help you filet your catch of the day and pack it in flight boxes (5 kilos).

Start from Kirkenes every day at 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
from 10th of Mai to 20th of October.
Price: NOK 3000.- per day. min 2 personer, maks 4 personer.
150.- pr time per person. 0730-1530 .(hvis krabbesafari kl 1800)
Included: transfer, Floating west, survival suit, Gutting and filleting of fish (max. 15 kilos per person), coffee/tea/chocolate. Lunch.
Fishing rod and takle can be rented for NOK 500,- per day.

Ocean-Fishing trip in the evening

This is the same trip as the one described above, but takes place in the evening.
Duration from 18:00 – 01:00. Midnightsun fishing with the experts.

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Midnight Sun Rafting Safari

Join us on this trip out on the ocean where the sun never sets. Fun and exciting tour with lots of speed. Our RIB’s do 40-62 knots. We bring you out where the sea-eagle, thumlarem seals and a rich birdlife. VI tar deg ut hvor havørnen, Thumare, selene og et rikt fugleliv lever. A historic and educational tour, Our boats and captains have the best certification. Your safety is our responsibility.

From 15th of Mai to 28th of July. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Duration 3 hours. NOK 990.- pr person. Min 2, maksimum 12. Departure from Kirkenes Centre harbour, 50 meters from Thon Hotel.

King Crab Feast.

Eat as much King Crab as you like! We serve the tasty King Crab as freash as possible, straight from the ocean. Tour starts from Kirkenes Harbour 50 meters from Thon Hotel. Our RIB’s (Rigid Inflatable boat) take you across the fjord to our ocean side restaurant.

From 1st of June to 30th of August. Every day from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Minimum 4 persons maksimum 24 persons. Departure from Kirkenes Centre harbour with our RIB-boats, 50 meters from Thon Hotel. 890.- pr person

Our orginal King Crab RAFTING Safari.

Start every day at 8:30 a.m. , 1:00 pm. and 6:00 pm. Duration 3 hours
Meeting point Kirkenes center harbour, 50 meters from Thon Hotel.

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