We stayed at the Cabins at the Snow Hotel and loved the experience! It's so tranquil and peaceful (when the Huskies aren't barking) and the activities offered were great! We loved every moment of it. I highly recommend the cabins at the snowhotel, and especially the King Crab fishing experience. We were also very pleasantly suprised by the quality of the food. It was much better than other reviews have suggested. My two favorite meals were the freshly cooked cod and the reindeer steak, and these were the best meals I've had at a restaurant in a long time. The chocolate mousse was especially good! This was our favorite place in Norway by far, and it's really quite lovely. We also enjoyed how many reindeer there were all the time! A few minor notes that could be improved: In the summer, the Snowhotel itself blocks the views of the cabins. Also some of the cooling machinery makes some noise, and sitting by the water would be more peaceful without the noise. I'm not entirely sure what to do about either of those things though. In the dinning room the glass with the cute drawings of reindeer partially obstructs the view of the fjord. I do like the drawings, but I think that it would work better in a room that doesn't have such a beautiful view of the fjord.…
Our family of 3 stayed at the Snowhotel in one of the cabins for three nights after our fjord cruise. The cabins were roomy, quiet, and comfortable with great views. We loved being able to watch the reindeer graze around the lake outside while we ate dinner. We spent hours hanging out with the husky dogs and reindeer, hiking around the property, and playing in the lake. Lunch and dinner were delicious. And most of all the staff was friendly and helpful answering all of our questions. Thank you, Snowhotel!
We had the best time in this place! Friendly staff, superb amenities and the best crab fishing experience ever! Dirk was an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. The cabin was very spacious and comfortable.
Staying at the Snowhotel is such an incredibly unique experience! I highly recommend it! The staff are amazing and make your experience super personalized. I stayed one night in an ice room and one night in a cabin! The dogsledding tour was so much fun… same with the king crabs (I don’t think I have ever tasted crabs that good in my life)! The cabin was beautiful with an awesome view and super clean. The ice room has shared facilities in the main building just s short walk away from the ice area (it is attached to the the ice hotel so you don’t have to walk outside). They give you a sheet and a sleeping bag and I slept 8+ hours and never felt cold! Breakfast and dinner are provided and the food was excellent! If you are looking for a super unique experience it is definitely worth the trip!…
Wonderful experiences, from ice fishing, to huskie rides and exploring on a skidoo. The food is excellent, as are all of the friendly staff - a real bucket list experience. The cabins are clean and comfortable.
We booked the ice fishing adventure last minute and it was the best decision ever. We had an absolute blast, highly recommend it! We were lucky to get Dirk as our guide, he's the best - very knowledgeable, fun and easy going. With his help we caught loads of fish and had a great afternoon. Transfer, fishing equitment, warm clothes and as an added bonus a trip on a sled pulled by a snowmobile to the fishing spot was all included in the price. Would definitely do again. Thanks again Dirk for such an awesome afternoon!
Our stay at the Snowhotel in Kirkenes was really a great experience. We preferred to stay in one of the cabins rather than overnight in the snow hotel. We visited the snow hotel and it is beautiful. Our cabin was excellent comfortable, well equipped, nice and warm, clean. In short perfect! The activities that were offered were very nice. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was good and plenty. In short: an experience you can't miss!
Snow hotel is a must! Gamma rooms are very comfortable and cosy. Husky ride was amazing, crab fishing was fun and delicious. We choose to stay 3 nights and not be stressed doing too many activities in a day and give us time to see the aurora which was a spectacular! Hiking around the mountain is also a must!
We've spent the last 3 days at the Snow Hotel and we love it! Everything you could ask for in an Arctic adventure- dog sledding, a crab safari, a hotel made of ice, cozy cabins, northern lights, snowmobiling.….. It's epic! The restaurant is fabulous, the check in and transport was effortless. I can't think of anything here that wasn't perfect.
I booked this trip for my husbands birthday as seeing the Northern Lights was on his bucket list and we wanted somewhere where we could do other things too. The first two nights we spent in a Gamme cabin These were spotlessly clean and so cosy. On our first night we had booked hunting northern lights by snowmobile. Unfortunately we didn't get to see them as it was snowing. We did however get a really good ride out across the frozen fjord and lake by a local (cant remember his name). I was concerned about the cold. I needn't have been. They are totally geared up to it and kitted us out in snowsuits which we didn't feel the cold in at all. Even the handlebars on the snowmobile are heated as they also are for the pillion passenger. My husband had to ask how to turn them down as they were too hot! The second day we went out on a husky ride. It was magical. The dogs are so friendly and get so excited about going out. Loved it! In the evening we had the Sami cultural experience. It was good but we were with another couple who had previously been to a Sami experience in Tromso? and I could tell they wasn't overly impressed with it, but we had nothing to compare it to so it was fine. On speaking to them afterwards, they said they felt it wasn't very authentic. In fairness to our Sami chap, we was a bit distracted as the lights had come out and I was more interested in taking photos of them. On the third day we went King Crab fishing. A good experience but you of course are not really fishing for the crab. They are basically in a basket in the fjord where they have been captured out the sea and put in there prior to you getting there. Wasn't really a problem as it was a cold day and didn't really want to stay out too long. Don't know why our guide gave us thinner suits than we had on our snowmobile and husky ride but i felt if we had had them suits, it wouldn't have been a problem. He took us and the crabs back to the hotel and cooked them for us. Never had crab before and never want to again but still an experience worth doing while you are there. On our third and last night we stayed in the Snowhotel. This is where we were let down. It is all very well organised and the balaclavas, socks and sleeping inner bags are spotlessly clean, as are the shower areas. However, we hadn't been told before our arrival, that they were re carving all the ice structures whilst we we there. So there was no ice bar and all the workmen's tools and scaffold towers were just left in situ. I appreciate that they have to be re carved and had obviously chosen a quiet time but had we known that was the case, we would have booked at a different time. I have since seen the photos on social media of the completed carvings and they look amazing. Just a shame that's not the impression we got of it. We also went snow shoeing and cross country skiing whilst we there. Both worth doing. All the food was excellent and all the staff friendly. They all seem to be from different countries and all spoke English to each other. Embarrassing how good their English is!! So to summarise, yes I would 100% recommend the snowhotel for a once in a lifetime experience but it doesn't come cheap and I really feel we should have been told about the work going on the in the snowhotel before our arrival.…