Kirkenes Snow Hotel
Kirkenes is a remote town in the northernmost part of Norway. The Snowhotel is rebuilt every year and every room is individually modelled and decorated with snow and ice sculptures. Warm accommodation and a range of fun activities are also on offer.
As well as the Snowhotel, there are also cosy cabins to sleep in here, so ideal for a two or three night stay
Close to the remote Northerly town of Kirkenes
Don't miss the chance to fish for and eat King Crabs, introduced to the Barents sea by the Soviets, there are now thousands of them!
Fun and friendly young staff offer an informal welcome for all
A visit to Kirkenes is a very special experience: here you really feel like you are at the frontier of Europe! Just outside the isolated town of Kirkenes, surrounded by Arctic tundra, is the Kirkenes Snowhotel.
Rebuilt from blocks of ice from the neighbouring lake every November since 2006, the Snow Hotel is different every year.
Here you can experience sleeping in a room made of snow, on a bed of ice! There might not be under-floor heating, but snow is a very good insulator, when it is minus thirty degrees outside it will still be relatively warm inside the Snowhotel, a stable minus five degrees celsius.
Every room in Kirkenes Snowhotel is different. The rooms are five metres in diameter, and although the beds are framed by ice blocks and they do have comfortable mattresses with thermal insulation on top. You sleep inside a sleeping bag especially made for sub-zero camping. The rooms have curtains instead of doors, so air can circulate and the rooms do not melt. Each room is decorated with sculptures made from ice and snow, created by artists from China no less!
When to visit
The Snowhotel is located just outside the harbour town of Kirkenes.
Snowshoeing through Northern Norway
Snowshoeing is the perfect way to discover the breathtaking Arctic scenery of Northern Norway. Make your way through snow-covered forests as you keep your eyes peeled for the resident wildlife and take in the stunning views across the Lyngen Fjord.