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Reviewed December 28, 2013

My 9 friends and I attended dinner at the snow hotel. Groups that arrived quite later than us were served first. We were waiting a very long time. Because we were not staying the night, we questioned when our transport was scheduled to return to Kirkenes. We were advised we would have to leave straight away, (it was well after 9pm). Some of my friends did not finish their main meal and none of us had dessert. We had anticipated a pleasant night but the slow service made it a very expensive entree.

Date of stay: December 2013
Trip type: Traveled with friends
2  Thank bron1960
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

The hotel has relocated and added a new restaurant and beautiful bathrooms that are almost connected to the snow hotel. The beds are slabs of ice with mattresses on top of them. They give you sleeping bags, muslin sleeping bag liners, wool socks & balaclava to weather the night. I recommend the following: toe warmers (also brought hand warmers but did not need them), something to put over your eyes - the rooms are lit all night, uggs - or some other easy to get into warm grippy boot for the walk to the bathroom, and don't overdo it on beverages. The dinner was in stages and you will pay extra for alcohol. The staff is very friendly and helpful. If you do get too anxious about staying all night in an igloo - there are 3 outdoor "cabins". The whole facility is beautiful and well worth the visit. There are husky dogs, reindeer and snowmobiling right there, as well.

Date of stay: December 2013
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
3  Thank TravelLovesMary
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

10 of us from India visited Rovaneimi and wanted to see Aurora borealis and enjoy husky ride and other sports. We chose snow hotel for unique experience and enjoyed very much. The husky ride on the frozen lakes in late evening was exciting. Hotel provided excellent winter gear for rides.
Most of us were vegetarians and dinner they served was delicious. at the same time we were informed about sightings of Auroras. Lot of obstacles prevented us view of them. We had taken bus tour which took us to far away from citi lights but by the time we reached aurora faded away.
Staying in Snow hotel which had beautifully carved rooms and beds was a great experience.
Caution for those who are not familiar with the snow is you should have proper footwear. It is slippery everywhere. While on huskyride apply some cream on your face because there is a chance of burning your nose and face.

Date of stay: January 2013
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Thank alkavaidya
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

This was a highight of our trip, and that's saying somethign because it was a great trip.

The dinner was good - cooked for you over an open fire, reindeer and salmon, with wine available. The accommodation was beautiful - built of ice with different carvings in each room, subtley lit - truly beautiful. They recommended you think like an explorer, and that's just how it felt. The bed was comfortably warm - you dress for it. Climbing out in the night to thrust your feet in your boots and go out to the bathroom meat walking about 50 metres across an open area under the stars in -20 debrees. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

The bathroom was very well-equipped with sauna, plenty of hot showers, lots of room, so you could always retreat there if the ice rooms gave you trouble.

I found the rooms absolutely beautiful. You should do it once - it's like nothing else.

Room tip: They are all different and you are welcome to walk around and look at them, and choose the one you want.
Date of stay: January 2013
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Thank glts
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We visited Kirkenes under our own steam and had emailed the Snow Hotel to see if we could look around but not part of a group. This was possible. We arranged for a car to pick us up at our hotel, take us to the Snow Hotel, where we were given time to look around, have lunch at the Gabba Restaurant and the car to then pick us up again to return to our hotel.

This was great as when we arrived at the Snow Hotel we were the only ones there - apparently the Hurtigruten Ship had made a detour due to bad weather. It was lovely and magical. We were given a drink and sat on the Ice chairs in the Ice Bar. We then walked along the two corridors and looked into all the rooms. There were beautiful ice carvings in each room - all different and the wonderful Ice Sculptures dotted around. The lighting was magical. The temperature is kept at minus 5. We spent almost one hour looking round. We were then taken to see the Reindeer (one of which was completely white) and the huskies. By now we were a bit on the cold side so we were ushered into the Sami Tent Restaurant where we were first offered a hot drink, followed by a delicious Fish Soup and finished with a very light blueberry sponge washed down with a glass of Akvavit. We were able to spend as much time as we liked here and when we were ready to return they called our car. This cost us around £75 each and worth every penny.

Date of stay: January 2013
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5  Thank zoli18
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