Hunting the Aurora Borealis in Kirkenes
At 70° latitude the frontier town of Kirkenes is as far north as Point Barrow in Alaska and situated directly under the Aurora oval. It is the easternmost town on the Norwegian mainland – just 10km from the Russian border and further east than Istanbul and St Petersburg – and is also the most culturally diverse.
From £1,445 Per Person
The price includes return flights to Kirkenes airport (via Oslo Gardermoen) with Norwegian Airlines; return private transfers; Bed & Breakfast accommodation and excursions as detailed.
Travel to Kirkenes during the winter months and you will get a tantalising glimpse into life on the remote shores of the Barents Sea. You can also experience the Polar Nights, from 27 November to 16 January, when the sun does not rise above the horizon and under the clear starry sky watch the Northern Lights flicker across the sky.
This four night itinerary offers the best of Kirkenes and includes: A visit to the Snowhotel; a snowmobile tour; a dog-sled tour and a King Crab safari.
On arrival at Kirkenes airport, you will be transferred to the Hotel Thon Kirkenes.
Snowmobile tour Day at leisure in Kirkenes. In the evening (2100hrs), depart Kirkenes for a 2-hour snowmobile excursion across the tranquil wilderness. On a clear night, the undulating ribbons and shimmering curtains of the Aurora Borealis may dance on the cosmic wind overhead. The tour will include the opportunity to drive the ‘jet-ski’ of the winter landscape and to enjoy the passing scene as a passenger.
King crab safari Morning at leisure in Kirkenes. Morning at leisure in Kirkenes. In the afternoon, you will join a 4-hour King Crab Tour. King crabs flourish on the floor of the icy Barents Sea. During the winter months the fjords in which they live become frozen and so the fish are caught using holes in the ice. On this excursion you will visit the frozen fishing grounds by snowmobile sled (the guide drives the snowmobile) and will have the opportunity to bring up the catch. Afterwards, lunch (King Crab) is served by a warm fire.
Snow Hotel and dog-sled tour Each winter, close to Kirkenes, a carefully sculpted – made of ice and snow – takes shape. This is the Kirkenes Snow Hotel. During your 2 hour excursion (departing Kirkenes at 1300hrs) you will have the opportunity to visit the Snow rooms and Snow bar, visit the neighbouring reindeer park and husky farm and enjoy a light lunch (soup), beside a roaring fire in the hotel’s restaurant. After lunch, you will join a 2-hour dog sled tour departing from the Kirkenes Snow Hotel. Feel the calm and experience the silence as your team of dogs gently pad their way across the snow-covered terrain.
After breakfast, transfer to Kirkenes airport for the return flight to the UK.
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