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“King Crab Safari at Kirkenes - for an afternoon”

King Crab Excursion
Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Kirkenes
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Gold Coast, Australia
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“King Crab Safari at Kirkenes - for an afternoon”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

February 2013 - WINTER.
A minibus collected us from Thon Hotel Kirkenes at about 13:00 and took us to a cabin in the woods, about 20 minutes drive away. On the way the guides gave an amusing commentary. We arrived at the cabin and were given extra thermal suits to wear over our other clothing, including a crash helmet. It is compulsory to wear those items. We then boarded a snowmobile sled, which holds 6 people, and headed out onto the frozen ice. The temperature was around Minus 25 Degrees Celsius, and the wind chill decreased it even further. We stopped in the middle of the frozen ice, where a crab trap had been lowered before we arrived. Our guide raised the trap basket, via a wooden pulley, and inside was a mass of King Crabs, which he then put out onto the ice. We were able to hold a wriggling crab each and take photos. After a talk by the guide about the King Crabs, we re-boarded the sleds and returned to the cabin in the woods. The Crabs were cooked for us while we explored the grounds. For a while, we sat on reindeer pelts, by a large fire, to warm ourselves. (Actually it was more like 'defrosting' ourselves! - because it was so cold out on the ice). We had a chance for some interesting conversations with other travellers while waiting for the Crabs to cook. Next, we were taken inside a cosy cabin, and seated at tables by a fire. Our guides then brought around tray after tray of Crab Legs for us to eat. There seemed to be an endless supply, and we all ate as many as we could because they were delicious. After the meal, we boarded the bus to return to our hotel. By that time, it was almost dark and the cabin looked like Christmas card picture, as it nestled in the snow, with lights dotted around outside. All in all it was a great excursion that took most of the afternoon. It is v-e-r-y cold out on the ice in Winter, so take advantage of the extra clothing items they offer you.

Visited February 2013
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“Stuff yourself on crab”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is likely the only time in my life I will fill myself on nothing but crab meat. A new couple, we made a 5 day journey to Finnmark to do the Crab Safari and it was totally worth it.

There are two crab safari operators, and this review is for Radius Kirkenes, the Snow Hotel. This tour is also resold as a Hurtigruten excursion.

Our guide picked us up from Kirkenes town center and drove us to a country location where we put additional overclothes onto our outside clothes. We were then pulled over snow in a sleigh to a small frozen fjord where a fishing hold had been cut in the ice and had re-frozen since the last tour. We took turns operating some hand tools - ice drill and ice saw - to reestablish the fishing hole; and hoisted out a trap full of giant king crabs.

There was a short demonstration on slaughtering the crabs and then we motored off to another location where a cooking pot and a little dining hall have been prepared in an antique barn.

I must have eaten 1.5 kg of crab meat - it was all a blur. I slept about 12 hours and felt great the next day. If you love crab and enjoy cold environments, definitely schedule this trip!

Visited March 2013
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Felbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We were picked up from the Thon hotel , we had a 20 minute trip out to the fjord. You kit up at a cabin and wear an all in one snow suit, balaclava, helmet and gloves. You ride in a sleigh behind a snowmobile to the fishing spot and are told about the king crab and how to catch it. You then ride up to a beautiful cabin and eat the crab which is cooked for you, delicious, sociable fun

Visited February 2013
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“The best ever crab, but chillingly cold”
Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

This excursion from Kirkenes is one of the best; but be prepared, it can be cold. -20C on the day we went, and we were wrapped up with 3 pairs of socks as well as the protective overalls.
You are driven 20 minutes south of Kirkenes to the start point where you get kitted out with all the extra clothing, then get taken in a snowmobile trailer across frozen lakes to where they drill and cut a hole in the ice to reach the crab net contains King Crab.
Next you are taken to the fisherman's home where he cooks the crab. It is absolutely delicious.
Be prepared for this excursion to overrun its time allocation. Everyone is very helpful and interesting. Could not fault anything except the cold!

3 Thank Stuart B
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“Great value, memorable crab”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

After a while up in the frozen north, you get a little sick and tired of going along to activities that require you putting on hired overalls so you can get dragged behind something in the cold. But the king crab activity is well worthwhile. It starts the same (hi, welcome, get in this minibus so we can take you to a depot where you get in the funny overalls, etc), and a short drag behind a snowmobile starts you thinking, "here we go again". But then you get to see a net full of king crabs get hauled up though the ice, a selection of the brutes removed, put to one side, dispatched and then cut into leg groupings. Back behind the snowmobile and you are taken to a wilderness lodge where the crabs are cooked and served. Simply, and magnificently. It's a memorable meal, and you'll end up being served about twice as much crab as anyone could possibly eat. With the price of king crab in the restaurants in Norway, this is the way to get the freshest, realest, simplest and best value crab meal. Highly recommended.

Visited January 2013
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