OK it is expensive but for the money you get a unique experience. There are about 20 rooms - all decorated differently with snow sculptures set in the walls of each bedroom. Apart from the snow hotel itself, there is a separate 3 storey amenities/restaurant block. This housed showers, sauna, 24 hour warm room (with tea and coffee) as well as a restaurant. There is also separate tented shaped restaurant on site called the "Gabba".
The stay includes a 5 course progressive meal (unlike the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi where you pay separately for dinner). We had one course in the Gabba, followed by a drink and soup in the snow hotel itself, followed by 3 courses in the restaurant block. Very well done and an excellent meal. The amenities/restaurant block is a beautiful building inside - very cosy, with magnificent views across the nearby lake.
To make your stay more comfortable, warm clothing is provided (full thermal suit, socks, boots, mittens, balaclava, warm sleeping bag and sheet). You are encouraged to sleep wearing the balaclava - you can turn it sideways on your head to help block out the lights in the room which illuminate the sculptures which annoyingly stay on all night.
The staff are super friendly and extremely helpful.
We were planning a few drinks in the snow bar after dinner but got side-tracked by the northern lights - they kept us occupied well past midnight (the full thermal suits ensuring that you stayed warm). After such a late night, we slept very well in our snow room. A great one-off experience.
- 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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