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Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

Spend the weekend at the amazing Kirkenes Snowhotel. Slept one night in the Snowhotel and one night in the wooden cottage (Gamme). Highly recommended! Went on king crab safari and snowmobile excursion. The kingcrabguide Dirk was awesome. Very passionate about his job and at lot of knowlegde. Great breakfast and dinner in magic surroundings. We were also lucky to see the northern light.

Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1  Thank Hans J
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Reviewed April 4, 2019

Came from the Hurtigruten cruise to spend 3 nights on full board in this wonderful hotel in winter - 2 nights in a Gamme Cabin and 1 night in an ice room.
The check-in was delayed as we arrived soon after the previous guests checked out, but this gave us time to roam the resort and meet the beautiful Alaskan Huskies. While waiting for rooms we were given a guided tour of the resort by Renee and time to gear-up with coveralls, gloves, helmets, etc and then try our abilities with snow shoes and cross country skis. Even time to visit the captive deer and pet the huskies.
Dinner provided was a rare treat (see menu in photos) of whale meat entree, halibuts main and cloudberries for desert. Second and third nights dinner were of the same high quality. Wine and beers were no dearer than anywhere else in Norway. Breakfasts were typical buffet.
The activities at the Snow Hotel, while expensive, were not to be missed. Dog sledding at night was designed to ‘chase the Aurora’ but cloud cover prevented that but I was even more delighted to drive the sled myself.
The crab ‘fishing’ and crab lunch was excellent and our first trip out onto the frozen fjords.Do not expect to be ‘fishing’ as the crabs have been pre-caught but do expect to be eating the crabs after a warm up crab chowder or coffee.
The Snow Mobile activity with Dirk was the highlight of our whole trip. To come all the way from Australia and actually be driving a snow mobile across several frozen fjords while it is snowing was unbelievable.
The Gamme cabins are truly beautiful. Expertly built, well maintained and cleverly designed. Look at the photos - what you see is what you get!
The Ice room was for me a disappointment. I don’t do sleeping bags well, especially at minus 4 degrees C. Fortunately there is a lounge room set aside for those like me, who bailed out in the early hours of the morning. Lots of logistic problems with staying in the Ice rooms. The ice bar was only open for a brief period each day and the resort did not have too many people staying while we were there. I would not stay in the Ice room if I visited again but have a 3rd night in the Gamme cabins.
Overall, the Snow Hotel is an excellent resort. The staff at this resort were brilliant and willing to chat and help at all times. A great mix of people and cultures from across Europe.
I don’t think this resort would suit anyone with limited mobility in winter.

Room tip: Cabin 20 was brilliant overlooking the Ice rooms.
Date of stay: March 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Ken2234
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Reviewed April 2, 2019

We spent one night here on our transition from Inari, Samiland to the Hurtigruten cruise boat at Kirkenes, and I would suggest that anyone making the transition to the cruise at Kirkenes should try to spend at least one night here. You don't have to stay in the Snow Hotel itself; there are plenty of cabins on the property, which are very nice and convenient. There are plenty of things to do and they have an agenda of activities every day, some are free and you can also sign up for some paid activities. We just walked around, mainly petted the dogs and took pictures of the carvings and statues inside the Snow Hotel, which was fantastic. This place is a slight bit pricey, but well worth it; consider that you are buying visits to an art museum, dinner and breakfast, and an several outdoor activities with your room. You can use the skis and snow shoes for free. The staff was extremely helpful and easy to converse with. You also get the bus to or from the port.

Room tip: Stay in the cabins. They are all well located.
Date of stay: March 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank navajowillybob
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Reviewed March 30, 2019

We also stayed here after two nights out on the Hurtigruten ship Vesteralen. We stayed in the cabins and really enjoyed them. They're nicely appointed, warm and very inviting. We had dinner one night...very good and shared with some new friends from Australia and then had breakfast the next day. We cross country skied, took a dog sled ride and even drove the sled (though one of the dogs was in heat and that just kept messing up the dogs concentration which was hilarious) and went star gazing that night. An outstanding time and well worth your visit. DO NOT MISS the crab fishing. If you're into crab, it is the best you'll ever eat...and probably the most you'll ever eat. The snow hotel is a great story and tour and the artistry of the carvings is amazing.

Room tip: Make sure to get a snow mobile suit for the dog sled....it's cold.
Date of stay: March 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Eyes99999
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Reviewed March 28, 2019

This resort was amazing. Had just spent a week on a Hurtigruten trip and spent the night in one of the ice rooms. The sleeping bags we were given were certainly warm. We were not cold at all. We played with the Husky puppies on their morning walk and toboganned like children. Breakfast and dinner were included and were satisfactory. After dinner we took a walk and enjoyed seeing the lights which put on a display for more than an hour. It was cold outside, -23, but worth getting cold for. We recommend this experience. Snow could make movement difficult for those with impairments.

Room tip: All the rooms in ice Hotel were quiet.
Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Kathleen B
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