Overnight at Kirkenes Ice Hotel, hunt for the Northern Lights on an evening dog sledding excursion and choose from a wide selection of optional winter activities, including king crab safari, snowmobile excursions and more.
This tour can commence in: Kirkenes
Arrival in Kirkenes according to your own itinerary. Kirkenes is the last stop on Hurtigruten’s northbound voyage along the Norwegian coastline. Kirkenes is located in Finnmark, Norway’s most northern county, and shares border with both Russia and Finland. You can reach Kirkenes either by direct flight from Tromsø and Oslo, and naturally also aboard Hurtigruten. If you have booked Hotel Category 1, you will be picked up by car/bus at the airport and brought to the Ice Hotel directly for your overnight in a warm cabin there. You will start the evening activity directly from the Ice Hotel while guests staying in a hotel in Kirkenes (Hotel Category 2), will be picked up at 17:00 hrs for the 5-hour dog sledding excursion, in search for the Northern Lights. From the Ice Hotel you will take the dog sledges out into the polar night. In good conditions, you will see the Northern Lights dance across the sky as you head off along the Pasvik Valley close to the border between Norway and Russia – an exotic adventure in an Arctic climate. To finish off the tour you will enjoy a delicious meal served in a wilderness cabin and made from local ingredients.
Accommodation in Kirkenes (Hotel Category 2) / in a cabin at the Ice Hotel (Hotel Category 1).
Breakfast at the hotel or the restaurant of the Ice Hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Kirkenes / at the Ice Hotel. We recommend that you join one of the optional winter excursions, e.g. a king crab safari or a snow mobile safari (please see add-ons for details). If you have booked Hotel Category 1, you will spend the day on the premises of the Ice Hotel where you can borrow kick sledges and cross-country skis for a self-guided tour. There is also a free shuttle bus to Kirkenes. If you have booked Hotel Category 2, a guide will pick you up at the hotel at 17:00 hrs (or 13:00 hrs if you prefer) and bring you to Kirkenes Ice Hotel. Here you will spend the night under comfortable reindeer-hides and in warm sleeping bags (see hotel description for further details). Dinner will be served in the cosy, onsite restaurant. For guests having trouble sleeping in the snow rooms, there is a lounge area with sofas by the restaurant.
In the morning you can use the sauna to warm up before breakfast. The transfer at 9:00 hrs will bring you back to the hotel in Kirkenes, the Hurtigruten pier or you can book a transfer directly to the airport (see add-ons for more details). The direct transfer to the airport is included for Hotel Category 1 bookings. Departure from Kirkenes according to your own itinerary, or perhaps you would prefer to book an extra night in Kirkenes and join one of the optional excursions? We also recommend an overnight in Oslo, the capital of Norway. The Norwegian capital is beautifully situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord and surrounded by forested ridges; arable fields, vast forests and untouched nature areas. The city’s surroundings provide recreational opportunities that are frequently taken advantage of by the city’s inhabitants, as well as increasingly by visitors. Winter activities in Oslo include cross country skiing, tobogganing, cruise on the Oslo fjord, ice skating and much more. We also recommend a visit at one of Oslo’s well known sights such as the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum and Oslo Opera House.