We throw phrases like ‘bucket list’ and ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ around like confetti. But a stay at the Snowhotel in Kirkenes plus a Norway cruise with Hurtigruten? Well, how could we call that anything but? Adventures don’t come more exciting than this.
Norway winters were made for trips like these. For snowmobile safaris and catching king crab from a hole carved into a frozen fjord, a local fisherman cooking up your catch of the day in his farmhouse just along the way. For sleigh rides under the northern lights and a chance to take the reins yourself and for husky puppies so sweet, you’ll wonder how many you can fit in your case.
And then there is the Snowhotel itself, where you’ll sleep like a Snow King or Queen in softly lit Snow Suites snugly inside a hotel built entirely of snow and ice. That’s a lot of ‘snow’ for one sentence but this is a lot of snow for one hotel, not to mention a locally-sourced 3-course dinner devoured by a roaring fire. Despite your sub-zero surroundings, you’ll spend the night snug as a bug in a rug – or rather plush sleeping bag – a sauna and a hot shower waiting before breakfast in the morning.
After an action-packed day, the second night of your icy adventure with Hurtigruten sees you bed down for the night in gamme, cabins built just like traditional hunting huts only with under floor heating and cosy Arctic-inspired interiors. There’ll be hot drinks around the fire to warm up after husky sledding and hopefully a northern lights sighting, before you tuck into a hearty 3-course dinner in the Gabba Restaurant. The next morning, you’ll dive head first into a big breakfast, before transferring to the airport or port, depending on whether you are heading home or embarking your Classic Southbound Voyage with Hurtigruten.
The Snowhotel Kirkenes Land Adventure is available on selected itineraries between 21 December 2018 and 19 April 2019 (that’s peak northern lights spotting season too!). The three-day experience is available as a post-north or pre-south voyage addition from just £1,154pp. Now that is what we call a winter wonderland.
Snowhotel Kirkenes Land Adventure itinerary:
Arrive in Kirkenes by flight or boat. Transfer from dock/airport to Sandnesdalen
12pm – Check in to the Snowhotel
1.30pm – Two-course lunch at the hotel
3-5pm – Snowmobile safari
5-7pm – Welcome drink in the Snow Bar and overnight instructions
7-9pm – Three-course dinner at the Snowhotel
9-10pm – Snow Bar open
7-9am – Sauna and breakfast
930 – 1230pm – King crab safari with king crab lunch
1pm – Check in to your Gamme cabin
1-3pm – Husky sledge
7-9pm – Three-course dinner in the Gabba Restaurant
7-9am – Breakfast
Transfer and depart Kirkenes by flight or boat