Arctic Winter Adventure & Northern Lights Hunt in Northern Norway
Available December, January, February, March, & April
This trip brings you to Kirkenes, the Arctic hub of northern Norway, where you can experience a host of exciting winter activities—including the popular King Crab Safari! The port town of Kirkenes is at one end of the world-famous Classic Hurtigruten Cruise, a perfect tour to pair if you’re looking to sail the coast of Norway from Bergen. On this exploration of northern Norway, you’ll get the chance to experience the Northern Lights, King Crab, husky sledding, and the fantastic Kirkenes SnowHotel. You can also choose from numerous optional excursions, which can help you discover ice fishing, snow shoeing, and the indigenous Sámi culture!
Day 01: Arrive Kirkenes
Today, arrive at the Kirkenes airport from Oslo airport (air is on your own, or you can call us for a quote). Transfer to your hotel is included.
Check in at your four star hotel and then leave on a 2-hour "Hunting for the Northern Light" tour by snowmobile (included). There’s also an optional 5-hour excursion, Northern Light Tour by Husky, possible with a 5:00PM departure (add $30 per person and advise when booking).
Thon Hotel Kirkenes
Day 02: Kirkenes - King Crab Safari or Husky Safari
Breakfast is at the hotel this morning. Today you’ll have the opportunity to choose between two spectacular options for the day’s excursion—a King Crab Safari or a Husky Safari!
Available activities in Kirkenes (choose one):
A. King Crab Safari & Lunch (1:00PM-5:00PM). Take a short transfer to a local fisherman's home, where you’ll be provided with protective clothing before heading out in a sledge pulled by a snowmobile. Once at your destination, you’ll help cut the ice and pull up the trap—full of some of the largest and freshest King Crabs in the world! Enjoy superb King Crab for lunch, followed by the return snowmobile ride and a final quick transfer to your hotel.
B. Husky Safari & Picnic Lunch (1:00pm-5:00pm). Transfer from your hotel to the local husky farm. After some basic instructions in how to ‘drive’ the husky team, you’ll be off on a breathtaking adventure! Two people share one sled—one driving and one relaxing—and short stops will be made during the journey. Tour includes a light picnic lunch. After your return, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.
Thon Hotel Kirkenes
Day 03: Kirkenes SnowHotel
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning before you experience Kirkenes on your own for the day. Optional tours in the area that are available for booking include:
- 2-hour Ice Fishing with a Local Expert, $240
- 2-hour Snow Shoe Walk with Local Expert, $150
- 2-hour Northern Light Hunt By Bus, $114
At 6:00PM, transfer from your hotel to the Kirkenes SnowHotel. A welcome drink will be served in the SnowBar, followed by check-in to your room. Later, you’ll enjoy a 3-course dinner by a roaring fire. The restaurant is situated near the reindeer park—why not say good-night to them before heading to your room?
Day 04: Departure Kirkenes
Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel this morning. Sauna and showers are available before the included transfer to Kirkenes Airport or the Hurtigruten Cruise pier.
Return to your homeward destination is on your own.
NOTE: Pre- and post-tour arrangements can be made on the classic Hurtigruten Cruise, including a visit to Tromsø or the full cruise northbound/southbound. Contact us for more information!
- Arrival transfer
- 2 nights at Thon Hotel Kirkenes incl. breakfast in a double room
- 2-hour Northern Light tour
- Choice of 4-hour King Crab Safari or Husky Tour with lunch
- Overnight at SnowHotel, incl. transfer, welcome drink, 3-course dinner, & breakfast
- Departure transfer
NOTE: Kirkenes tours can be modified to suit your schedule/interest, so please email or call us with details for a custom quote.
WEATHER STATEMENT: All activities are subject to local weather conditions that may affect the safety of participating clients, and the supplier may choose to cancel an excursion based on these factors. If the supplier offers an alternative activity and the client agrees to join, there will be no refund for the cancelled activities.
CLOTHING: Warm and leisure clothing. Wool underwear, warm fleece sweater, quality warm shoes, hat and gloves, scarf, pants, and jacket. Specialty clothing/helmet as needed for tours will be provided.
2016-17 PRICES | DEPARTURES ON REQUEST
Departure Dates and Information
| All departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons and in USD. Departure is a land-only tour. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed.
Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve supplements apply to nights spent at the Kirkenes SnowHotel. Christmas Eve (12/24) supplement: add $210 p.p. per night. New Year's Eve (12/31) supplement: add $210 p.p. per night. Additional supplement for overnights 12/20-1/06: add $70 p.p.