Experience the unspoilt wilderness and stunning scenery of the Arctic in Kirkenes. Catch king crabs, drive your own husky team, take a snowmobile safari on the top of the fells and finish off the Arctic Experience in a cool and exotic way: staying in Kirkenes Snow Hotel!
Kirkenes is located in Northern Norway close to the Finnish and Russian borders on the shores of the Barents Sea. Kirkenes is also the home of the most northern snow hotel; Kirkenes Snow Hotel. The Snow Hotel has been a huge success; this season will be the third and it has already made it to National Geographic’s “The World's 25 Best New Adventures” list! The exceptional activities such as king crab fishing and snowmobile safari to the point where Norway meets Finland and Russia make Kirkenes a perfect destination for those who are after something different.
This 5 day Arctic experience includes three excursions: snowmobile and husky safari and king crab fishing. Spend the last night in a Snow Suite surrounded by snow and ice sculptures.
PRICES & DATES
The price is based on 2 people sharing a room and includes return economy class flights to Kirkenes via Oslo, all airport taxes, 3 nights at Rica Hotel Kirkenes, overnight in igloo at Kirkenes Snow Hotel, breakfasts daily, return airport transfers, welcome drink and 3 course dinner at Snow Hotel and morning sauna, 4 hour snowmobile safari, 4 hour husky safari and king crab safari with a local fisherman and lunch at his home.
Departures every day 15 December 2010-20 April 2011, also over Christmas and New Year. Please note that some departures may require an overnight in Oslo or Kirkenes.
Fly from London to Kirkenes via Oslo. Transfer to Rica Kirkenes Hotel. You may choose to include half board at the hotel.
After breakfast it is time to set off for a 50 km long snowmobile safari (4 hours) through the snow covered fjord and over the beautiful surroundings fells. Picnic lunch is served en route before returning to the hotel.
Evening is for leisure.
Today we learn how to handle a husky team. After short introduction it is time to put it into practice: we set off for a 4 hour long husky safari. You will be driving your own husky sledge. We will stop en route for a hot picnic lunch.
A warming sauna will be waiting for you at the hotel.
After buffet breakfast check out of the hotel. A local fisherman will pick you up for an unforgettable tour in the Arctic climate, the king crab safari. We will catch king crabs with the experts and later prepare the catch for lunch at fisherman's home. This is a unique opportunity to visit a Norwegian home!
At 6pm you’ll be taken to Kirkenes Snow Hotel by kick sledges. A dinner will be served by the open fireplace. You will spend the overnight in a spacious Snow Suite sleeping on warm reindeer skins and thermal sleeping bag.
Warming sauna is waiting for you in the morning before breakfast. Return to Rica Hotel Kirkenes by kick sledges and transfer to the airport.
Fly home via Oslo (or stay extra nights in Kirkenes or Oslo).