Stay overnight at the exotic Kirkenes Ice Hotel, enjoy a dog sledding excursion and choose from a wide selection of optional winter activities, including king crab safari, snowmobile excursions and more.
Winter 2017/2018 – Get 5% off
Book before April 30 2017 and get 5% off on our published tour prices for a selection of our Norway Winter tours. This offer is valid for travel between November 2017 and April 2018 and is not applicable for existing bookings or for any add-ons bookable for this tour.
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. In 2016/2017, 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. From 2017/2018, you can add the transfer as an add-on. The transfer from the Hurtigruten pier or a hotel in the city centre is included. 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. In 2017/2018, you have this evening at leisure or you can add optional activities such as a Northern Lights snow mobile tour or a king crab safari. 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 (only in 2016/2017).
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). From 2017/2018, a 2-hour dog sledding tour is included which will start from the Ice Hotel. 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 (in 2016/2017). 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.