Travel tips for the Kirkenes Snow Hotel

Room at Snowhotel by Kirkenes Snowhotel

About Kirkenes Snow Hotel

This amazing construction made entirely of snow, is rebuilt every December and melts down every summer. The temperature in the Snow hotel rooms are minus 4 degrees Celcius, however, you will still feel comfortable through the night due to the warm sleeping bags.

Read about how they make the Snow hotel
Read about sleeping in the Snow hotel

Winter in Kirkenes by Toma Babovicfoto@babovic.de, Hurtigruten

Winter in Kirkenes

Climate in Kirkenes:

Located by a fjord branch of the Barents sea, quite far from the coast, it has more of a drier inland climate rather than a humid sea climate. This is perfect for the Northern Lights, requiring a more or less clear sky.
The winters are normally cold throughout the season, with snow from December to April, or even longer, making Kirkenes the perfect location for a snow hotel. The entire hotel melts down during the summer months.

Kirkenes in winter by Eivind Lande, Hurtigruten


About Kirkenes:

Kirkenes is located a 2 hour flight from Oslo, Norway’s capital, about as far northeast as you can get in Norway, not far from the Russian border. The airport is a 15 minutes drive by taxi or by the airport bus from the centre of Kirkenes; the airport bus stops at the hotels.
This Arctic town, a former mining town, has the most dramatic history. Read more

Ice art at Kirkenes Snowhotel by Pixabay

Art at Kirkenes Snowhotel


We have put together a selection of travel packages including a stay at the amazing Snow Hotel, all of them starting and finishing with an overnight stay in Oslo, convenient for your international flight to Norway. You can choose to stay overnight at an airport hotel instead of  in the centre of Oslo if that is more convenient for you – at the start or at the end of the trip, or both.

Our travel packages are individual, unescorted trips, hence you will not travel with a group. The included activities are escorted.

Drink in the icebar by Kirkenes Snowhotel

At the ice bar in Kirkenes

Entrance to Snowhotel by Kirkenes Snowhotel

Entrance to the Snowhotel

Ice Hotel Northern Lights Break:
A 4 nights break with 1 night & dinner at the snow hotel, 1 night in Kirkenes & 2 nights in Oslo, with Northern Lights Dog sledding.

Ice Hotel, Northern Lights & Tromso:
A 6 nights trip starting in Oslo, 1 night at the snow hotel & 1 night in a Gamme cabin with wilderness Dog sledding, then on to Tromso for a 2 nights stay, with Arctic gourmet dinner & Northern Lights reindeer sledding in the Tamok valley, then flight return to Oslo.

Ice Hotel, Northern Lights & Fjord Tour:
A 7 nights Northern Lights trip with Oslo, Kirkenes, Flam & Bergen. Enjoy a stay at the snow hotel, Northern Lights trip with dog sledding, fjord cruise & Flam Railway.

Northern Lights close to Kirkenes by Stian Klo, Hurtigruten

Northern Lights in Arctic Norway

Dog sledding in Norway by Orjan Bertelsen, Hurtigruten

Dog sledding in Kirkenes

Cruise into the realm of the Northern Lights:
Winter cruise package, with 6 nights cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes. Enjoy sightseeing in Alesund & Trondheim, dog sledding, a Viking feast on the Lofoten Islands & an excursion to the North Cape. Optional: You can add a night at the Snow hotel & Snowmobile safari.

Northern Lights Cruise & Snow Hotel:
A 6 nights trip filled with exciting activities! Starting in Oslo, then flight to Tromso, Dog sledding trip & 1 night in Tromso. The next day you board a Hurtigruten ship for a 2 nights Northern Lights cruise to Kirkenes, including an exotic excursion to the North Cape. Disembark in Kikenes for an adventurous Snow mobile safari & overnight stay in the Snow hotel before you return to Oslo by flight.

Northern Lights Adventure Cruise:
A more relaxing trip, with a scenic train trip from Oslo to historic Trondheim, then a 4 nights Northern Lights cruise to Kirkenes, including dog sledding and the North Cape. Optional: you can add a night at the Snow hotel & Snow mobile safari.


Questions about our tours?

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:

  • 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

  • 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