ACTIVITIES

The diversity of the seasons, sets the stage for a variety of fun arctic activities for travelers from all over the world, seeking the total arctic adventure. Snowhotel Kirkenes has risen to become maybe the biggest activity provider in northern Norway, and if you are looking for an ultimate arctic activity - we have it! More than that, we guarantee high quality tours, both when comes to equipment, guiding and authentic experience. See all our tours from all our seasons below.

For all outdoor winter excursions warm clothing is included: Overalls, shoes, woolen socks, balaclava, mittens.

For all boat excursions overalls, gloves and balaclavas.

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KING CRAB WINTER SAFARI

Available 01.12. - 30.04. Departures 09:30 | 13:00 | 17:00

On this exclusive arctic excursion​ we aim to give you the best King crab fishing adventure. We will take you out on the fjord ice by snowmobile and sleigh to find the great beast. You will step out on the frozen fjord and help the fisherman pull the traps from the deep through the hole in the ice. The journey will culminate in a warm, rustic farmhouse restaurant by the fjord, where you will enjoy a feast, served the Norwegian way - fresh, juicy and irresistible! The portions are generous, so no one will leave the table hungry. 

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KING CRAB SUMMER SAFARI

Available 01.05. - 30.11. Departures 09:30 | 13:00 | 18:00

Welcome to Kirkenes - King Crab City

With long experience, professional fishermen, state of the art, and high speed RIB boats , we are proud to call us the Original King crab Safari. 

On this ultimate arctic summer boat excursion you will join us King crab fishing, and the catch will be served in a rustic boathouse restaurant.

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HUSKY TOURS

Available 01.12. - 30.04. Departures 13:00 | 15:00 | 21:00 

 

We have 4 different tours depending on distance and season:

Husky Winter Early Bird The earliest sled tours in Europe starting already at 20th October.

Husky Experience Go for a 5 km ride along the fjord in the scenic Sandnesdalen, only in full winter.

Husky Safari Go further into the wild, for a full arctic dogsledding adventure.

Hunting the Northern Lights by Husky We go into the wild to search for the aurora.

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HUSKY TAXI

Available 01.12. - 30.04. Departures between 11:00 - 15:00, corresponding with flights from Oslo and Tromsø.

 

The wildest cab ever.

Imagine stepping out of plane, and instead of going to the bus stop or taxi queue, a team of strong and eager huskies are waiting for you, ready to take you across the arctic mountains, straight to the doorstep of the Snowhotel, the famous igloo hotel of Norway. Welcome to the Kirkenes Husky Taxi.

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SNOWMOBILE TOURS

Available 20.12. - 30.04. Departures 09:30 | 13:00 | 15:00 | 21:00 

 

Snowmobile tours are perfect for couples, who want to share a skidoo and switch driving. 

Snowmobile Safari Go for an exhilarating and epic tour on the frozen fjord, and into the wilderness surrounding the Snowhotel.

Russian border Expedition We go far into the forests of Pasvik Valley to the Russian border at the Pasvik River. Includes lunch.

Hunting the Northern Lights Drive your own snowmobile into the arctic wilderness to find the northern lights.

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HUNTING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Available 01.09. - 15.04. Departure 21:00 

 

Kirkenes is one of the best places in the world to see the amazing

from September to March.
With 200 aurora nights per year, and with the help of our experienced guides, you will have the best chance possible of hunting the northern lights. On this bus tour our driver will take you far from the light pollution, and drive east towards the russian border, west toward Finland, or south into the Pasvik valley, depending on the aurora forecast.

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SNOWSHOE WALKING

Available 01.12. - 30.04. Departure 13:00

 

On this excursion we will traverse up into the mountain ranges overlying the Snowhotel, walking through different types of snow. The Snowshoe tour is perfect If you are a new-beginner on snow, who is seeking an active winter holiday, where you can use your body, and at the same time get an uplifting and pure nature experience. You can also bring a husky as tour companion if you want. 

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ICE FISHING

Available 10.01. - 30.04. Departures 13:00

 

Sink your line down through the fjord ice and wait for the bite. Will this be your lucky day? With thousands of lakes throughout the unspoilt nature, and the arctic sea at our doorstep, Kirkenes is one of the best places in Norway for fishing trips.

On the Snowhotel guided ice fishing trip, we will dress you up warmly, and head out by snowmobile sleigh to the frozen fjord, to catch cod, pollock or other arctic fish.

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HUSKY MOUNTAIN HIKE

Available 20.05. - 15.10. Departure 13:00

 

On this tour you will get your own husky and go for hike in the mountains by the Snowhotel in beautiful Sandnesdalen. Join us on this peaceful nature trek and find peace in the arctic wilds among water, mountains and animals.

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BARENTS SEA FISHING

Available 01.05. - 31.08. Departure 13:00  

 

On this ultimate fishing trip in Kirkenes we head out to the Barents sea in our high-speed RIB`s. When it comes to fishing, we can guarantee a catch. Coalfish, cod, haddock and even giant halibut are common catches on the Barents sea fishing trip.

Are you feeling lucky?

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HUSKY WAGON

Available 20.05.-30.06. / 01.09.-15.10. Departure 13:00

 

Huskies on wheels! With our new wagons we bring the dogsled experience to summer.

You get your own pack of huskies and a musher to drive you around in the scenic area by the fjord. And yes, there will also be plenty of time to cuddle. Let`s go for a ride!

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SNOWHOTEL 365

Available all year. Day Visit 13:00 | Visit & Dinner 17:00

Entrance tickets 09:00 - 16:00

 

As the first hotel completely made of snow and ice, we proudly present that we are open 365 days!  Enter a real life winter wonderland, all seasons of the year.  Whether you are experiencing the white winter world, the green summer or the orange and yellow autumn, the frozen wonder of the Snowhotel will be waiting for you, We have both guided day tours and guided tour with dinner, both including transfer.

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SAMI EXPERIENCE

Available all year. Departure 18:00. Other times on request.

 

The Sami are the indigenous people of arctic Scandinavia, and were the first one to inhabit the Barents and Kirkenes region thousands of years ago. Now you have the chance to get a close encounter with Sami culture. On this tour you may join Sami artist John Henrik Mienna for a 1 hour journey, including Sami storytelling and song. as well as meeting and feeding reindeer up close,

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ANDERSGROTTA

Available for groups 1-6 persons, price 1200 NOK. For bigger groups contact info@snowhotelkirkenes.com

Departures 12:30, other times on request

 

Snowhotel Kirkenes are proud to present one of the best historical attractions in Kirkenes. Visit Andersgrotta –Kirkenes’ largest bomb-shelter, built in 1941.  Kirkenes was one of the most strategically important places in Europe during world war 2​, and was one of the most heavily bombed cities in the world Learn about the life of civilians during war-time. 

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SNOW YOGA

Available 01.12. - 30.04. On request only

 

Get close to nature and your inner North Star with exercises inspired by an ancient Sami myth.

In snowyoga we use movements that are inspired by the Sami myths and legends in which a cosmic hunt unfolds every night in the sky. Everything takes place in the snow – often under the northern lights. Held by professional yoga instructor.

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KIRKENES HOMEVISIT

Departures: on request

 

Meet the locals - in their homes! 

Northern Norwegians are hospitable people and now they invite our guests from around the world in for a cup of coffee and a chat. Through this visit you will have the chance to see what makes northern people tick and to discuss the Norwegian lifestyle with your host. You have a unique opportunity to ask questions and learn about the culture and everyday life in the north.

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BOOKING TIPS

  1. All our tours are available online, kindly make your booking here, You can easily see the products, prices, times and availability in our webshop. You can pay with all credit cards except AmEx.  

  2. Book in advance. You are going to want to do at least one excursion (per day) while you are with us, make sure that you get it - meaning: book early. It is also possible to try to book on-spot, when you are here, but it may be that the tour is fully booked, and that its too short notice, so we don`t have a guide available. 

  3. Book a package if you can! We have 2 night packages for all seasons and they also include transfers. Go here

  4. You can add all your products to your basket, and pay collectively - click on "accommodation" or "activities" up in the right corner in the webshop to add more products.

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