Overview

Introduction

Kirkenes, located 15km from the Russian border, on the shores of the Barents Sea is a fascinating town to visit. A rich history of co-operation between neighbouring countries and of the Sami people – their heritage, conflicts and life today can be explored, and stories learnt about the town’s bombardment in World War II; the mining industry and of the diverse local wildlife.

The town of Kirkenes is located on the Barents Sea just 15km from the Russian Border. It is the furthermost extremity of northeast Europe and influences from the east are apparent.

Early in World War II the town of Kirkenes was occupied by the Germans, who were in search of an ice-free fjord to use as a natural harbour and from which to attack the Russian town of Murmansk. This occupation led to one of the most extensive air-raid assaults in World War II with more than 300 bombing raids taking place.

We would highly recommend a visit to Andersgrotta (a bomb shelter in the centre of Kirkenes) and the fascinating Frontier Museum which tells the history of the region and its people, including a detailed account of the events in World War II .

The region of Pasvik, of which Kirkenes is the main settlement, is home to the largest brown bear population in Norway. Some 300 bears live on the edge of the Siberian Taiga forest and their movements are tracked and recorded at the National Park Centre in Øvre Pasvik. A visit to the centre offers the chance to learn more about the brown bear and also other wildlife – in particular the birdlife – in the region.

During the winter months a host of winter activities are available from Kirkenes including visits to the Kirkenes SnowHotel; Northern Lights excursions by snowmobile and husky dog-sled; Snow shoe trips; Snowmobile safaris;Ice-fishing and King crab safaris to name but a few. Read more about Winter activities in Kirkenes.

Kirkenes is the first port of call of the Hurtigruten’s southbound voyage. From here it is a 2-day cruise to Tromsø, 3-days to Svolvaer, 5-days to Trondheim and Alesund and 6-days to Bergen.

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Winter Activities

Winter Activities from Kirkenes

Aurora hunt
Kirkenes sits under the aurora oval and offers an excellent chance to see the green, blue and crimson colours of the Northern Lights. This minibus excursion will spend two hours touring the region surrounding Kirkenes and the Russian and Finnish borders in search of the ‘Lights’; hopefully culminating in a magnificent sighting.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Available: Daily at 21:00hrs (01Sep18-15Apr19)
  • Price: £85.00 per adult / £43.00 per child aged 3-11 years old

Notes:

  • Pick-up from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes and the Kirkenes Snow Hotel.
  • Winter clothing is not included.

 
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Dog sled tours:
 
Dog sled tour
One of the most magical ways to discover the Arctic tundra of Northern Norway is behind a team of husky dogs. The gentle pad of their paws on the snow and their soft panting are the only sounds disturbing the otherwise tranquil scene.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Available: Daily at 09:30, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00hrs (01Dec18-20Apr19)
  • Price: £197.00 per adult / £99.00 per child aged 7-11 years old
  • The supplement to sit on your own sled is £98.00

Notes:

  • Pick-up from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes and the Kirkenes Snow Hotel.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus takes c.15 minutes from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes.
  • Each sled accommodates two people and is led by a team of 6 dogs. A trained musher drives the sled.
  • The rental of overalls, boots, gloves and a helmet is included.

 
Northern lights tour by dog sled
Under the starry sky and away from artificial lights, your team of husky dogs will lead you on a journey in search of the Aurora Borealis.
 

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Available: Daily at 21:00hrs (01Dec18-20Apr19)
  • Price: £215.00 per adult / £108.00 per child aged 7-11 years old
  • The supplement to sit on your own sled is £107.00

Notes:

  • Pick-up from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes and the Kirkenes Snow Hotel.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus takes c.15 minutes from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes.  
  • Each sled accommodates two people and is led by a team of 6 dogs. A trained musher drives the sled.
  • The rental of overalls, boots, gloves and a helmet is included.

 
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Ice fishing
A local tradition in Kirkenes, try your hand at some Ice fishing with the experts.  On this 3 hour excursion you are transferred by snowmobile sledge to a frozen lake, where you will be shown all the techniques required for Ice fishing.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Available: Daily at 13:00hrs (01Dec18-20Apr19)
  • Price: £170.00 per adult / £85.00 per child aged 7-11 years old

Notes:

  • Pick-up from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes and the Kirkenes Snow Hotel.
  • A picnic snack is included.  Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
  • The rental of overalls, boots, gloves and a helmet is included.
  • Minimum 2 participants.

 
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King crab safari
King crabs flourish on the floor of the icy Barents Sea. On this 4 hour excursion you are transferred to the frozen fishing grounds by snowmobile sledge, where upon arrival you can try your hand at fishing for King crab through the hole in the ice. King crabs can measure up to 6ft (claw to claw) and your catch will be served for lunch by a warm fire.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Available: Daily at 09:30hrs, 13:00hrs and 17:00hrs (01Dec18-20Apr19)
  • Price: £197.00 per adult / £99.00 per child aged 7-11 years old

 Notes:

  • Pick-up from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes and the Kirkenes Snow Hotel.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus takes c.15 minutes from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes.
  • A hot meal (King crab) is included. Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
  • The rental of overalls, boots, gloves and a helmet is included.
  • Minimum 2 participants. 

 
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Snowshoe tour
Get out into the wilderness on snowshoes.  After a quick briefing your guide will lead you on a 2km walk through different types of snow.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Available: Daily at 13:00hrs (01Dec18-20Apr19)
  • Price: £103.00 per adult / £52.00 per child aged 7-11 years old.

Notes:

  • Pick-up from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes and the Kirkenes Snow Hotel.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus takes c.15 minutes from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes.
  • A drink and snack is included.  Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking
  • Minimum 2 participants.

 
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Snowmobile tours:
 
Two hour snowmobile tour
Wrap up warm and enjoy a journey across Norway’s Finnmark wilderness on the back of a snowmobile. This 2 hour tour is an excellent introduction to the snowmobile and provides the opportunity to drive the vehicle as well as travelling as a passenger.  An evening excursion is also available offering a chance to see the Aurora Borealis.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Available: Daily at 13:00hrs, 15:00hrs, 21:00hrs  (01Dec18-20Apr19)
  • Day Price: £215.00 per adult / £108.00 per child aged 10-11 years old

         *The supplement to drive your own snowmobile (daytime) £107.00

  •  Evening Price: £233.00 per adult / £117.00 per child aged 10-11 years old

         *The supplement to drive your own snowmobile (evening) £116.00
 
Notes:

  • Pick-up from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes and the Kirkenes Snow Hotel.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus takes c.15 minutes from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes.
  • Approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes are spent on board the snowmobiles.
  • Clients drive the snowmobile in pairs taking turns to be the passenger.
  • The rental of snowmobile overalls, boots, gloves, balaclava and a helmet is included.
  • To drive a snowmobile, participants must hold a valid driving licence and be aged 18 years or older.
  • Minimum age: 10 years old.

 

Four hour snowmobile tour
Explore the frozen unspoiled landscape surrounding Kirkenes by snowmobile. This four-hour tour includes a picnic lunch and allows plenty of time for taking photos.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Available: Daily at 13:00hrs (01Dec18-20Apr19)
  • Price: £268.00 per adult / £134.00 per child aged 10-11 years old
  • The supplement to drive your own snowmobile is £134.00

Notes:

  • Pick-up from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes and the Kirkenes Snow Hotel.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus takes c.15 minutes from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes.
  • Picnic lunch will be served in the wilderness.  Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
  • Approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes are spent on board the snowmobiles.
  • Clients drive the snowmobile in pairs taking turns to be the passenger.
  • The rental of snowmobile overalls, boots, gloves, balaclava and a helmet is included.
  • To drive a snowmobile, participants must hold a valid driving licence and be aged 18 years or older.
  • Minimum age: 10 years old.


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Visit to the Kirkenes Snow Hotel
Each winter, close to Kirkenes, a carefully sculpted structure - made out of ice and snow - takes shape. This is the Kirkenes Snow Hotel. This excursion provides the opportunity to explore the snow rooms and snow bar, visit the neighbouring reindeer park and meet the huskies.

  • Duration: 2 hours or 4 hours
  • Available: Daily at 13:00hrs and 17:00hrs (20Dec18-20Apr19 except 24Dec & 31Dec)
  • Price: £68.00 per adult / £34.00 per child aged 7-11 years old (2 hours)
  • Price: £103.00 per adult / £52.00 per child aged 7-11 years old (4 hours including dinner)
Notes:
  • Pick-up from the Hotel Thon Kirkenes.
  • The transfer to/from the excursion by minibus takes c.15 minutes.
  • Non-alcoholic welcome drink included.
  • Dinner (excluding drinks) included, for the 4 hour visit to Kirkenes Snow Hotel.  Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
 

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