Northern Lights destinations in Norway: Kirkenes

Northern Lights Kirkenes by Kirkenes Snowhotel

Experience Northern Lights in exotic Kirkenes, Norway!

This tiny Arctic town is located far north east in Norway, close to the Russian border:
• Kirkenes offers ideal conditions for watching the amazing Northern Lights
• You can stay in an exotic Snow Hotel, a tiny Gamme chalet as well as a regular hotel in the town
• You can join exciting activities such as Dog sledding, Snow mobile safari as well as King crab fishing
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Why visit Kirkenes?

Entrance To Snow Hotel Kirkenes By Kirkenes Snow Hotel

Experience the amazing Snow hotel!

The exotic Snow hotel

A major attraction in Kirkenes, located by a tiny fjord outside the town – offering ideal conditions for viewing the Northern Lights.
If you rather prefer sleeping in a regular room, they offer charming & comfortable Gamme chalets
The first Snow hotel was build in 2002. They used to rebuild the entire hotel every winter, but new technology has made it possible to keep the hotel open all year.
About sleeping in the Snow hotel

Reindeer by Konrad Konieczny, Visit Nord Norge

Meet Reindeer!

More facilities at the Snow hotel:

A nice restaurant serving local, Arctic food
A tiny reindeer park
180 huskies for dog sledding trips

You will experience the real, amazing Arctic wilderness! As there is a minimum of light pollution, the clear, starry sky is unforgettable!

Dog Sledding By Kirkenes Snowhotel

Dog sledding in Kirkenes!

Exciting winter activities

You can experience unforgettable activities in Kirkenes area:
Dog sledding to the Arctic wilderness
King crab safari on a frozen fjord with crab lunch
Snow mobile safari
Northern Lights evening trip

The clear Arctic sky. Photo by Kirkenes Snow hotel

Beautiful starry sky outside Kirkenes!

Kirkenes is close to Russia

Kirkenes – a former mining town, is a unique town in Norway due to its proximity to Russia and its dramatic World War II history.
The population in Kirkenes is a mixture of Norwegian, Sami and Russian. An interesting feature of the town is that the street signs are both in Norwegian and in Russian!

Visit to Andersgrotta by Kirkenes Snowhotel

In the former mining tunnel Andersgrotta

Kirkenes' dramatic history

During World War II, all of the houses in the town were demolished, apart from the tiny wooden church! Luckily Kirkenes was a mining town, with a maze of underground mining tunnels outside the town centre, thus the inhabitants were able to escape into the mining tunnels to hide from the German soldiers.
This is where they lived until the Russians came to their rescue, and more than 3000 inhabitants suddenly appeared from the mining entrance!
You can watch this heart touching moment in a movie in Andersgrotta mining tunnel, under the town’s centre.

Inside Kirkenes Snowhotel By Kirkenes Snowhotel

Inside the Snow hotel

Travel tips to Kirkenes

Fjord Travel Norway offers a selection of amazing Northern lights tours & cruises with a stay in exotic Kirkenes:
The tours are unescorted (not with a group), with guided activities
Most of the tours start & finish in Oslo
You book your flights to/from Norway and we take care of the rest!

Northern Lights tours to Kirkenes:

Dog Sledding Under The Northern Lights By Kirkenes Snowhotel

Exotic Dog sledding under the Northern Lights!

Ice Hotel Northern Lights Break

A short break to Kirkenes, with:
1 night at a centrally located hotel
1 night in the amazing Snow hotel
A 2-hour dog sledding trip to the amazing Arctic wilderness, searching for the Northern Lights.
Starts & finishes with a night in Oslo.
You can add Snow mobile & King crab fishing
Duration: 4 nights

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Northern Lights Norway. Photo By Oystein Lunde Ingvaldsen, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Wonderful Northern Lights at the open sea!

Northern Lights Cruise & Snow Hotel

Cruise round trip from Oslo, with:
Artic Tromso
2 nights Northern Lights cruise
North Cape excursion
Dog sledding & Snow mobile safari
Stays in the Snow hotel, Tromso & Oslo.
Duration: 6 nights

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Northern Lights Arctic Norway by Anne Olsen Ryum, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Magic lights outside the Snowhotel!

Ice Hotel, Northern Lights & Tromso

An adventurous round trip from Oslo, with:
2 nights in Kirkenes & 2 nights in Tromso
Overnight in the Snow hotel
2-hour wilderness Dog sledding trip
Northern Lights Reindeer sleigh
Duration: 6 nights

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Winter On Stegastein Viewpoint By Sverre Hjornevik, Flam AS

Spectacular view of the fjord in winter!

Ice Hotel, Northern Lights & Fjord tour

Visit Arctic Norway & Fjord Norway! Round trip from Oslo, with:
Kirkenes & picturesque Bergen
Overnight in the Snow hotel
Northern Lights trip with Dog sledding
Fjord cruise on the UNESCO Naeroyfjord
The Flam Railway & Bergen Line
Duration: 7 nights

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What our customers say:

  • We just recently completed the Tromso, Northern Lights & Arctic Coast tour. I am writing to say what an amazing tour we had. Everything ran smoothly without an issue, the accommodation was fantastic and the tours were brilliant. We cannot fault the package at all. I would also like to thank Franziska and Lene, they both were fantastic in answering all my questions promptly, whilst booking the tour. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable holiday!

    Robert, Australia

  • I wanted to thank everybody. We had a wonderful trip. Everything went well and fortunately we had the chance to see the lights while on the cruise. All my friends in Turkey would like to go on a similar trip. So I will be in touch with you. Thanks again and best wishes to all of you.

    Candan, Turkey

  • Thank you for assisting us with our trip to Norway. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Kirkenes and the Snow Hotel. The arrangements you made for us were perfect. The lodging was comfortable and the excursions were fun. Tom and I rarely use the services of a travel company when we travel; you enriched our trip and made the planning easy.

    Alison, United States