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“Heart-breaking!”

Gabba Reindeer Safari Park
Ranked #10 of 19 things to do in Kirkenes
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

I was looking forward to seeing reindeer. Sounded very exotic. But those poor animals behind the fences looked so sad and disspirited. The yard where they were kept didn't look well-maintained, and I was both heartbroken and embarrassed for them. They're sort the national emblem, and its come to this: a "park" with gwakers complaining that the reindeer aren't lively enough. Good grief!

4  Thank dianenyc16
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

There's a variety of experiences possible here, some very expensive, including snowmobiling and dog sledding. This is just about visiting the place, including having a look at the snow hotel.
A tour, with transport to and from Kirkenes, is 400 krone, for which I imagine you get lots of information. If you walk to the place and look around on your own it's 100 krone (about £12), and you can get a good deal of information talking to whoever is around - they all seemed very friendly and helpful.
The walk is about 2km from the centre of town, with about 500m uphill (you can pretty much see how far the hill is as you come out of the central area). Roughly halfway along is the Grenseland/ Borderland Museum - a good place (in either direction) for a rest, to get warm and maybe have a hot drink and cake. It looks as if the whole of the route would be lit in the dark of winter. There is also a bus from the town centre that can drop you about 200m away.
I've seen ice hotels/bars before, but thought this was pretty good and worth a visit... wouldn't have minded a drink had there been anyone on the bar (I expect there would be if you took the tour). Sled dogs are always worth visiting as they're so friendly and just want to be fussed; you could spend a long time playing with them. The reindeer park was a little disappointing as the animals weren't easy to see and rather shy if you got too close.
We enjoyed the restaurant area, a large circular wooden building heated well by a central log fire. Their reindeer sandwich, cooked in foil over the fire, was very good and not badly priced.
Worth the visit, and the walk.

5  Thank Geoffy
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the Gabba King crab safari and the huskie sled ride. The ride in the sled towed by the snow mobile on the fiord to collect our King Crabs was fantastic. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the crabs and local area. He cooked them to perfection and we ate in a lovely warm cabin on the edge of the fiord. There was more than enough crab for everyone and it was a great afternoon’s adventure.

The next day we went on the huskie sled ride. The dogs were wonderful and the majority of them didn't mind a pat. It was perfect weather and the ride great fun.
I would highly recommend both trips if you are in Kirkenes.

4  Thank SlowdownLookup
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Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

Arrived in Kirkwnes on the Hurtigruten MS Trollfjord early in the morning and was taken up to see the SnowHotel and reindeer park. Guide very good and entertaining - SnowHotel interesting and well worth visit. Then taken to see reindeer and huskies. Then warmed up with some hot fruit juice and sausages. Heavy snow and very cold - wrap up warm!

4  Thank Paul S
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Went on their 3 hour bus tour, supposedly to the hinterland down by the borders of Russia and Finland. Guide/bus turned up 20 mins late, then went out to snow hotel to pay with credit card. We ended up 20mins out side of Kirkenes in a layby looking back at the lights of Kirkenes. Back at the hotel well with 2 hours. All in all a crap experience for £58

2  Thank warwicksan
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