Generally the snow hotel was an unusual experience, which is why most of us chose to go there, but you should know that while it's warmer inside the hotel than out (-6 and out -20 to -30 C) your nose will be cold, they give you a balaclava and if you have one of the face masks covering the you will be warm, also the sleeping bag is a bit of a thing to get into. There is an inner sheet that you step into and then wriggle down into the sleeping but it's a bit tight and difficult to move in so while I slept it was not the most comfortable as not being able move much gave me leg cramps and don't drink too much as you definitely do not want to go to the toilet at night!
In the information given, it states you will be given Norwegian delicacies for diner, this turned out to be baked farmed salmon and cod with a baked potato then icecream to follow. As it was so expensive I was expecting something a bit special for diner.
Over all the night was good and hotel was beautifully carved inside. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
There is an optional tour for the Northern lights that we did not know of before and was full on the evening we stayed. On the tour you will certainly see the lights form a better vantage point than from the hotel so it's worth doing, ask for details. That we couldn't go on that tour was a disappointment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Snow is a gift from the sky. Cold, still, pure and beautiful. Welcome to Kirkenes Snowhotel. To a world where you sleep in snow, walk on snow and may drive a scooter or a dogsled on snow. We even serve snow in the restaurant! Our romantic Snowhotel opens December 20th., and is open until April 20th. Kirkenes Snowhotel lies secluded in the wilderness 8 km outside Kirkenes. Here 180 huskies await you. Reindeer are grazing behind our unique chalets. Under the fjord ice, the giant King crabs dwell. When the northern lights are dancing, they illuminate the surroundings with their green and yellow colors. If you come - we change you. ... more less
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