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Sandnesdalen 14, Kirkenes 9910 Norway
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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#1 of 3 Specialty lodging in Kirkenes
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Welcome to Winter Wonderland! 20 dreamlike rooms uniquely carved by master ice sculptors from around the world. Enjoy an unforgettable dinner and a night cap in the ice bar. Sleep safely and warm in thermal sleeping bags, in complete arctic stillness. Our snow hotel is open 20.12-20.04. Our Gamme cabins are open all year round. Inspired by the traditional Lapland hunting and fishing hut “gamme” found in the Sami areas of the Arctic. All cabins are equipped as small jewels - air conditioning, underfloor heating, bathroom with Aurora wall. Be sure to visit our Winter Park: our reindeer, dogyard with its 200 huskies. Stop by Gabba Cafe for lunch. Prebook and enjoy a 3 course dinner in the magnificent Laven restaurant. Last but not least, visit the surreal Snowhotel. We also arrange northern lights tours, snowmobile safaris, ice fishing and snowshoe walking tours, the infamous Kirkenes King Crab Safari and numerous Husky activities.
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Free parking
Free internet
Sauna
Free breakfast
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Skiing
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Bar / lounge
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Breakfast buffet
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Business Center with Internet Access
Banquet room
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Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Allergy-free room
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Mountain view
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Languages Spoken
English, German, Norwegian
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Peter wrote a review Jul 2022
23 contributions37 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Katie S wrote a review Jul 2022
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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!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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RAJIV-ROMA A wrote a review Jun 2022
New Delhi, India1 contribution
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.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Tgres634 wrote a review Mar 2022
McLean, Virginia209 contributions112 helpful votes
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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!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Schedule crabs so you have them for lunch since lunch is not included…. Stay one night in each...
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Steve L wrote a review Mar 2022
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom187 contributions139 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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An N wrote a review Mar 2022
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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!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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CriticallyMe wrote a review Mar 2022
Florence, Italy528 contributions194 helpful votes
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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!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Claudia A wrote a review Mar 2022
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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!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Stay longer than 2 nights. Do all the activities.
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Connector47443849068 wrote a review Mar 2022
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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.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Ruth R wrote a review Mar 2022
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom21 contributions15 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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$295 - $399 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
NorwayNorthern NorwayFinnmarkSor-Varanger MunicipalityKirkenes
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about Snowhotel Kirkenes
Which popular attractions are close to Snowhotel Kirkenes?
Nearby attractions include Grenselandmuseet (4.3 miles), Soviet Liberation Monument (5.0 miles), and Kirkenes Church (4.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Snowhotel Kirkenes?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Snowhotel Kirkenes?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Snowhotel Kirkenes?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Snowhotel Kirkenes?
Conveniently located restaurants include Thon Hotel Kirkenes Restaurant, Surf & Turf Restaurant AS, and Scandic Kirkenes Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Snowhotel Kirkenes?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Does Snowhotel Kirkenes have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Snowhotel Kirkenes offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Snowhotel Kirkenes have airport transportation?
Yes, Snowhotel Kirkenes offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Snowhotel Kirkenes offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Snowhotel Kirkenes?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Norwegian.
Are there any historical sites close to Snowhotel Kirkenes?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Andersgrotta WWII Bomb Shelter (5.0 miles).