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
Read about the Northern Lights

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 built 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 the Kirkenes area:
Dog sledding to the Arctic wilderness
King crab safari on a frozen fjord with crab lunch
Snowmobile 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 Snowmobile & 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 Tromsø
2-night Northern Lights cruise
North Cape excursion
Dog sledding & Snowmobile safari
Stay in the Snow hotel, Tromsø & Oslo.
Duration: 6 nights

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Northern Lights Arctic Norway by Anne Olsen Ryum, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Magical lights outside the Snowhotel!

Ice Hotel, Northern Lights & Tromsø

An adventurous round trip from Oslo, with:
2 nights in Kirkenes & 2 nights in Tromsø
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 Nærøyfjord
The Flåm Railway & Bergen Line
Duration: 7 nights

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What our customers say:

  • 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

  • On behalf of the group I would like to thank you and your colleagues for organizing our wonderful tour of Norway. Everything went very well including the weather, which was spectacular. We enjoyed all the hotels, the central locations you chose and the amenities, especially the lavish breakfasts. Three extra days in Oslo allowed us to tour the city at our leisure and to enjoy more of the important sights including the newly opened National Museum. The Norway in a Nutshell tour was amazing and made much easier by using your recommended porterage service between hotels in Oslo and Bergen. Both the train journeys and the boat trip were spectacular, and combined with a night in the beautiful Kviknes Hotel made for an unforgettable two days. We were very impressed by the Hurtigruten cruise, particularly the way they combined a working ship with a cruise ship, the comfortable accommodations, the food and service. It was fascinating to visit all the various ports, islands and fjords and the two included tours were excellent and informative. In the end we were glad to have the extra night in Kirkenes, to visit their lovely museum and take a trip to the Russian border. It was a good way to end the tour. Again, thank for staying with us through 2 years of pandemic postponements and changes. We certainly will recommend Fjord Travel in the future.

    Marilyn, United States

  • 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