About sleeping in the Snow Hotel

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

An amazing hotel room!

Kirkenes Snow hotel general information

The Snow hotel is rebuilt each winter and opens approximately on December 20. The hotel is exclusively built with ice and snow, but there are 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, a chalet reception building & a tiny reindeer park.

Snow hotel in Kirkenes. Photo by Klaus Peter Kappest, Hurtigruten

The Snow hotel entrance

About sleeping in the Snow hotel

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

Your luggage will be stored in the reception area at the Snow hotel. 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 of 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

Snow hotel room

Overnight facilities:

In the Snow Suite there are real beds with real mattresses to keep your back warm during the night. Beds are surrounded by ice blocks. You will be sleeping inside the sleeping bag. Guide of the Snow Hotel will explain how to sleep inside the sleeping bag.
Your outdoor clothing is good to set as a roll inside the sleeping back or between the mattress and sleeping bag. 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.

Service building. Photo by Kirkenes Snow hotel

Northern Lights over the service building

Restaurant & meals:

Next to the Snow Hotel there is a warm restaurant, where breakfast and dinner is served.
There is a Snow Bar 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 one room with a few beds, 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 Snow hotel

Shower, sauna & toilet facilities:

The Snow Hotel is located in the suburban wilderness. You find toilets, showers & a sauna in the service building, located next to 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 Kirkenes Snow hotel.

Children in the Snow Hotel:

The staff at the Snow Hotel 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 Snow Hotel 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.

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