Northern Lights destinations in Norway: Kirkenes

Northern Lights Kirkenes by Kirkenes Snowhotel

Northern Lights Kirkenes 

This tiny Arctic town is located far northeast in Norway, close to the Russian border, in the middle of the Northern Lights zone – an ideal destination for hunting the Northern Lights.
As far away from big cities and crowds of people you can get, Kirkenes is truly a quiet and peaceful destination, offering you a unique feeling of closeness to the amazing Arctic.

In 2002 they built the first snow hotel in Kirkenes, a major attraction in Arctic Norway, and now one of the main reasons for visiting Kirkenes. As the structure is entirely made of snow & ice, it has to be rebuilt every year in December.

Northern Lights trips to Kirkenes:

Drink in the icebar by Kirkenes Snowhotel

Experience a real ice bar in the Snowhotel

Ice Hotel Northern Lights Break

Sleep in a real snow hotel! A short break to the Arctic town of Kirkenes, with 1 night at a centrally located hotel and 1 night in the amazing Snowhotel, a 2-hour dog sledding trip to the amazing Arctic wilderness in search of the Northern Lights. The trip starts & finishes with a night in Oslo.
Duration: 4 nights. December-March

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Top of Europe Arctic Adventure by CH, Visit Norway

Visit a Sami family in Arctic Norway

Top of Europe Aurora Arctic Adventure

Exotic Northern Lights trip taking you to Kirkenes, Tana & the remote settlement of Kongsfjord. Experience an Aurora safari, a visit to a Sami family & reindeer sledding. Enjoy the tranquility & untouched nature on a snowshow walk & get to know a local artist in Kongsfjord. Semi-guided in a small group (day 4-6)
Duration: 6 nights. January-March

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Northern Lights Cruise Norway by Steven J Hynes, Hurtigruten

Wonderful Northern Lights at the open sea!

Northern Lights Cruise & Snow Hotel

A comprehensive trip with 2 nights cruise from Tromso to Kirkenes, excursion to the North Cape cliff, dog sledding, snowmobile safari, stay in an amazing snow hotel & a night in Tromso. Starting & finishing  with overnight in Oslo.
Duration: 6 nights, 2 nights on board. December-March

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Northern Lights Arctic Norway by Anne Olsen Ryum, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Magic lights outside the Snowhotel!

Ice Hotel, Northern Lights & Tromso

Visit the best places to see the Northern Lights! An adventurous round trip with 2 nights in Kirkenes & 2 nights in Tromso, overnight in a real snow hotel, 2-hour wilderness dog sledding trip, Arctic gourmet dinner & Northern Lights reindeer sledding. Starting & finishing in Oslo. You can add nights and adventurous activities in Kirkenes & Tromso.
Duration: 6 nights. December-March

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Winter Cruise on Naeroyfjord by Sverre Hjornevik, Flam AS

The spectacular Aurlandsfjord in winter

Ice Hotel, Northern Lights & Fjord tour

Visit Arctic Norway & Fjord Norway! An adventurous trip to the north and the west, with the Arctic town of Kirkenes & picturesque Bergen, overnight in a real snow hotel, Northern Lights trip with dog sledding, fjord cruise on the UNESCO Naeroyfjord, the Flam Railway & Bergen Line. Starting & finishing in Oslo.
Duration: 7 nights. December-April

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Snow room at Kirkenes Snowhotel by Kirkenes Snowhotel

Snow room at Kirkenes Snowhotel

About Kirkenes Snowhotel:

The amazing Snowhotel is located in a beautiful area outside the town centre, ideally located for viewing the Northern Lights. They have a nice Arctic restaurant, where they serve local, Arctic food. They also have their own tiny reindeer park, and 180 huskies for dog sledding trips. You will experience the real, amazing Arctic wilderness in Kirkenes!
Read more about the Snowhotel in Kirkeneshow they actually build the snow hotel and the history behind it.

Kirkenes in winter by Eivind Lande, Hurtigruten

Kirkenes in winter

Visit to Andersgrotta by Kirkenes Snowhotel

Visit to Andersgrotta

Kirkenes’ dramatic history:

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

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, and the inhabitants escaped 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! There has been made a really heart touching movie from this unique moment in Kirkenes’ history, which you can see in the Andersgrotta mining tunnel, located just under the town centre. The mine reopened in 2000, and became once more an important part of the town’s economy, in addition to the fishing industry. In 2015 the mining company decided to close their doors for good.

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What our customers say:

  • 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, ,

  • 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, ,