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Travel tips for the Kirkenes Snow Hotel

Kirkenes Snow hotel. Photo by Kirkenes Snow hotelAbout 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

Kirkenes Arctic sky. Photo by Kirkenes Snow hotelClimate 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. sky.

Evening light in Arctic Kirkenes. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel NorwayAbout 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

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.


Snowhotel room. Photo by Kirkenes Snow hotelIce 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 wilderness Dog sledding

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

Northern Lights at the Arctic coast. Photo by Oystein Ingvaldsen, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

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, then you can add a night at the Snow hotel & Snow mobile safari if you like

View all our Northern Lights tours & Cruises