We stayed here for 4 nights in January as we wanted to try and see the Northern Lights and go to the Snow Hotel - probably 3 nights would have been adequate as there is not too much to do. We flew in from Oslo airport and got the Flybuss (cost NOK 85). This leaves from the airport and drops you off at your hotel. On our arrival at the hotel we were pleasantly surprised. The hotel has lovely unobstructed views of the quay and within very easy walking distance of the centre. Our room was very comfortable, warm and very comfortable beds. We had breakfast included which was adequate and the hotel had a tea/coffee machine in the lobby so you had constant access to a hot drink. Free WIFI - code is given on arrival and any tours can be booked at the hotel reception. We ate in the town, finding a very nice restaurant called Surf and Turf. On our last evening the Northern Lights appeared over our hotel to make a lovely end to our trip.
While we were here we did go on a Northern Lights trip as well and were very lucky to see them. As we were standing in at least minus 10 temperatures our guide had brought some hot berry juice and biscuits for us. When one lot of lights disappeared he drove us to another location. We had lovely showing. Also we went to see the Snow Hotel and we also went to the Border Museum. Kirkenes has a very interesting history.
A great place to stay for a few days, friendly, comfortable and convenient and people everywhere were very helpful ans spoke very good English. Would like to return during Summer months.
On our return the Flybuss picked us up at the hotel to take us back to the airport.
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- Thon Hotel Kirkenes is a new and modern hotel located by the sea in Kirkenes. The city center is a 5 minute walk away with small shops, cafes and restaurants. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, conference area and outdoor terrace with fantastic views. The restaurant 69’north is specialized in local food such as king crab, reindeer and salmon. ... more less
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