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Arctic Winter Adventure & Northern Lights Hunt in Northern Norway

  • Kirkenes SnowHotel Cold Room | Photo: Tom L. Nilsen/Kirkenes SnowHotel | Scandinavian American World Tours
    A room sculpted from snow at the Kirkenes SnowHotel


Available December, January, February, March, & April
See the full tour here: Northern Norway Reindeer Adventure & Northern Lights Hunt

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 SnowHotel Kirkenes. 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 relax. At 9:00PM you will leave on a 2-hour “Hunting for the Northern Light” tour by snowmobile (included). There’s also an optional 2-hour excursion, Northern Light Tour by Husky, possible with a 9:00PM departure.

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 (1:00pm-3:00pm). Transfer from your hotel to the local husky farm. Our musher drives the sledge, and guests are passengers. 2 people share a sledge—and short stops will be made during the journey. Tour includes a hot drink. After your return, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.

Thon Hotel Kirkenes

Day 03: SnowHotel Kirkenes

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:

  • 3-hour Ice Fishing with a Local Expert, $257
  • 2-hour Snow Shoe Walk with Local Expert, $155
  • 2-hour Northern Light Hunt By Bus, $128

At 1:00PM or 5:00PM, transfer from your hotel to the SnowHotel Kirkenes. 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?

SnowHotel Kirkenes

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!

The SnowHotel Kirkenes Experience on Vimeo.


Additional Information

Price includes:

  • 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 2-hour Husky Tour with a hot beverage
  • Overnight at SnowHotel Kirkenes, incl. transfers, 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.

ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATIONS NOTE: In addition to its cold accommodations, SnowHotel Kirkenes hosts a cozy alternative: Gamme Cabins. These cabins are inspired by the traditional hunting and fishing hut, “gamme”, that you can find in the wilderness in the Sámi areas of the Arctic. The huts are developed together with architects from Switzerland, and are a small Lappish jewel: air conditioning, underfloor heating, natural tiles, and an exclusive bathroom with separate aurora wall. The large panoramic window and lounge chairs covered with sheepskin will ensure you a very comfortable time while looking at the Northern Lights from the warmth of your modern cabin. The huts are also equipped with a kettle and breakfast/dinner are served in our restaurant, which is nearly next door. Reindeer are on also present on the grounds—make sure you say hello! Valid 11.1.2018-4.20.2019; includes breakfast & 3-course dinner. Minimum 2 people in a cabin; extra bed possible. Please contact us for more information (pricing remains the same as below stated rates).

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.

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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.

Additional supplement for overnights at Snowhotel 12/20-1/06: add $67 p.p. per night

Land Only


Daily Departures
December 20, 2018 - April 20, 2019

$1370 p.p. twin


Tour Information

Tour Type:Independent Tour
Price: from $1370
Duration:4 days
Cities Visited:Kirkenes
Departures: January - February - March - April - December

Tour Map

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