Luxury hotel holiday Snowhotel Kirkenes Kirkenes, Norway

The Snowhotel Kirkenes has rooms constructed of snow and ice and is open 365 days a year. Located in the countryside in the Arctic circle about 20 minutes from Kirkenes, the Snowhotel offers 14 ice rooms and additional wooden cabins, inspired by traditional hunting and fishing huts of the region. Not only does the accommodation itself offer an extraordinary experience, but during your stay there are many Arctic experiences and excursions to enjoy.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flight from London to Kirkenes return (via Oslo), economy
  • Transfers from airport (or port) to hotel and back
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Choice of upgrades available – rooms and flight

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to Snowhotel Kirkenes, Norway

The Snowhotel Kirkenes provides a unique Arctic experience with accommodation in both ice rooms and traditional wooden cabins, along with a range of local experiences.

Facts in brief

Location In the countryside about 20 minutes’ drive from Kirkenes

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Kirkenes

Distance from airport About 20 minutes by taxi

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, snow restaurant, transfer service, range of local activities offered included king crab fishing, husky farm, mountain hikes, dogsled rides, fishing, Northern Lights, visiting locals.

Out and about nearby

Kirkenes lies about 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle and on the north-eastern coast of Norway, just 14 kms from the Russian border and just under 60 kms from the Finnish border. The area is renowned for the midnight sun and also the Northern Lights in the winter months. Activities in the area include fishing for king crabs, hikes, snowshoe walks, rides with huskies, sea fishing and watching the Northern Lights.

Sports nearby

Hiking in summer, snowshoe walks in winter, fishing. Snow yoga and winter puppy walks.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Gamme cabin or ice hotel room for 5 nights

From about

£1,540 Summer

£2,180 Winter

Holiday Code EXH46343

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. This hotel is usually visited as part of a tailormade touring holiday and the duration and travel arrangements will be changed to meet your personal requirements.

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to Snowhotel Kirkenes, Norway

Room descriptions

The Snowhotel Kirkenes has 14 ice rooms all year round and several Gamme wooden cabins, with bathroom, air-conditioning, hairdryer and underfloor heating. For the ice rooms there are lockers for valuables, showers and wcs and sauna in an adjacent building, and there is access to a warm lounge 24 hours a day. A warm, thermal sleeping bag is provided.

Ice room
Gamme cabin

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Gamme cabin or ice hotel room for 5 nights

From about

£1,540 Summer

£2,180 Winter

Holiday Code EXH46343

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. This hotel is usually visited as part of a tailormade touring holiday and the duration and travel arrangements will be changed to meet your personal requirements.

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to Snowhotel Kirkenes, Norway

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Snowhotel Kirkenes, we include a scheduled flight from London to Oslo and Oslo to Kirkenes. You may need to overnight in Oslo but often a visit to Kirkenes will be part of a tailormade touring holiday and you might arrive and leave on the Hurtigruten boat. The hotel is about 20 minutes by car from the port and the airport.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Gamme cabin or ice hotel room for 5 nights

From about

£1,540 Summer

£2,180 Winter

Holiday Code EXH46343

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers. This hotel is usually visited as part of a tailormade touring holiday and the duration and travel arrangements will be changed to meet your personal requirements.

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to Snowhotel Kirkenes, Norway

Highlights of Norway

The numerous fjords: Eidfjord – branch of the Hardangerfjord, Geirangerfjord – precipitous, one of Norway’s signature images, Hardangerfjord – rolling hills and pretty villages, Jossingfjord – vertiginous fjord in the flatlands of the south, Lysefjord – plunging cliffs, cruises and look out points, Naeroyfjord – narrow and very pretty, Sognefjord – Norway’s longest and one of the most beautiful, Trollfjord – very steep fjord on Lofoten, Vestfjord – sheltered bays and pretty villages separating Lofoten from the mainland. The Hurtigruten ferry that covers over 2500 km from Bergen to Kirkenes with over 30 stops. The Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights. Stave churches, beautifully preserved in wood, dating from Viking times, for example at Borgund, Lom, Ringebu and Urnes. Viking ships and artefacts, burial mounds and trinkets in museums throughout the country. The red, wooden houses perched stilts over the sea on the Lofoten Islands. The modern architecture of Oslo. Picking wild blueberries, sampling aquavit made from potatoes and caraway, and tasting reindeer steak with cranberries. The charm of Oslofjorden with its pretty, arty village and towns, harbours with sailing boats, islands offshore and beaches. Hike over the Jotunheimen and relish the natural landscape of this stunning National Park.

Cultural highlights of Norway

The architecture of stave churches dating from the Viking era and Viking treasure in museums around the country. The literature of Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun. Folk tales and mythology. The music of Edvard Grieg and the art of Edvard Munch. Contemporary jazz and folk music.

Gastronomy of Norway

Norway’s gastronomy is a clear reflection of its land and sea. From the land come reindeer, venison, lamb, cured meats and potatoes of all types: boiled, roasted and fried. From the freshwater lakes and streams come salmon served grilled and smoked, and freshwater fish. Sea fish is a vast array of cod, haddock, shrimps, mackerel, fish soup, fish balls, salt cod. From the orchards particularly around the Hardangerfjord come apples, cherries and plums as well as berries of all sorts including blueberries, cranberries, bilberries and, a great delicacy, cloudberries. Cheeses include Jarlsberg and brown cheese. Coffee is almost certainly the national drink, followed by beer, of which there are all sorts of craft beers brewed locally, and Aquavit is the national spirit made from potatoes and caraway.

Facts in brief

Capital Oslo
Airport Oslo Gardermoen
Size 323,878 sq km
Population 4.4 million
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