Northern Lights destinations in Norway: Kirkenes
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, with no mass tourism, 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:
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 Snow Hotel, a 5 hour Dog sledding trip to the amazing Arctic wilderness. The trip starts & finishes with a night in Oslo.
Duration: 4 nights. December-March
A really exotic Northern Lights trip, with Oslo & Tromso, Arctic gourmet dinner, 2 nights Northern Lights cruise to “the top of Europe”, North Cape excursion, King crab safari, overnight in a tiny, wooden Aurora chalet in the Arctic wilderness outside the town of Kirkenes
Duration: 6 nights. October-March
A comprehensive trip with 2 nights cruise from Tromso to Kirkenes, excursion to the North Cape cliff, Dog sledding, Snow mobile 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
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, 5 hour wilderness Dog sledding trip, Arctic gourmet dinner & Northern Lights adventure trip. Starting & finishing in Oslo. You can add nights and adventurous activities in Kirkenes & Tromso
Duration: 6 nights. December-March
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. January-April
About Kirkenes Snow hotel:
The amazing Snow Hotel is located in a beautiful area outside the town centre, ideally located for viewing the Northern Lights. They have the nice arctic restaurant, where they serve local, Arctic food. They also have their own tiny Reindeer park, and 130 huskies for Dog sledding trips. You will experience the real, amazing Arctic wilderness in Kirkenes!
Read more about the Snow hotel in Kirkenes, how they actually build the snow hotel and the history behind
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.