About sleeping in the Snow Hotel

About sleeping in the Snow hotel. Photo credit Kirkenes snow hotel

Kirkenes Snowhotel general information:

Snowhotel Kirkenes is the first hotel in the world exclusively made out of snow and ice. This is a real life winter wonderland, open 365 days! The hotel has normal beds with mattresses for a healthy sleep comfort.

Next to the snow hotel, there is a heated service building with showers, toilets, sauna & restaurant, a heated Lavvo and a chalet reception building. You will also have access to the Reindeer, Husky and Puppy farm.

Entrance to Snowhotel by Kirkenes Snowhotel

Entrance to the Snowhotel

Drink in the icebar by Kirkenes Snowhotel

Enjoy a drink in the Ice bar


Normal health condition is required for an overnight stay in the snow hotel.

Your luggage will be stored in the reception area at the Snowhotel. Bring only a small overnight bag into the room, this should include thermal underwear, pullover, a warm comfortable hat to sleep in, warm socks and toiletries.

You need to bring with you: long thermal underwear, pullover, warm night hat and warm socks. You are in the Arctic climate: take extra layers to keep yourself warm.
Warm outdoor clothing: thermal overalls, hat, mittens and winter boots are included in the price with overnight in the snow hotel.
You will also get a warm sleeping bag and sheets for the night in the snow hotel.

Snow Hotel Room. Photo By Kirkenes Snow Hotel

Snowhotel room


In the Snow Suite, there are real beds with mattresses to keep your back warm during the night. The beds are surrounded by ice blocks. You will be sleeping inside the sleeping bag. The guide of the Snowhotel will explain how to best use the sleeping bag.
Your outdoor clothing can be set as a roll inside the sleeping bag, or between the mattress and sleeping bag. Then it is more comfortable in the morning to have them on again!
There are curtains as a door in every Snow Suite.
The temperature is -4º C.

Restaurant at Kirkenes Snowhotel by Kirkenes Snowhotel

At the restaurant at Snowhotel Kirkenes


Next to the snow hotel there is a warm restaurant, where breakfast and dinner is served.
There is a Snow bar with drinks to warm you up before sleeping in the snow hotel, but it is not advisable to drink too much before going to sleep.
In the service building there is a lounge for overnight guests at the snow hotel, which is open all night, just in case a person does not feel comfortable to sleep inside the snow hotel. In the service building there is staff during night time to secure safe overnight in the Snow Suite.

Ice sculpture in the Snow hotel. Photo by Kirkenes Snow hotel

Ice sculpture in the Snowhotel


The Snowhotel is located in the suburban wilderness. You find toilets, showers & a sauna in the service building, with direct entrance from the snow hotel.
It is important to make a visit to the toilet before going to sleep in the sleeping bag!
It is not allowed to smoke or make fire inside any facility of the Snowhotel Kirkenes.


The staff at the Snowhotel will assess each child’s suitability to the cold environment inside the snow hotel following an hour or so spent there. Any child not comfortable in the snow hotel will be looked after by the Snowhotel staff inside the warm service building next door to the snow hotel.
Parents are, however, fully responsible for the welfare and comfort of their children.


Questions about tours to the Snow hotel?

Contact us:
• Use our contact form,
• By e-mail to [email protected], or
• Call us on +47 (55) 131-310
(Mon-Fri 09:00 to 15:30 local time)

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

  • 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