Everyone is welcome for a fun and exciting stay in our amazing winter world.

Kirkenes Snowhotel opened first time in 2006, since then we are giving our guests a wonderful experience in one of Norways most beautiful surroundings.

Snow is often described as something negative, when snow is falling in larger european or american cities society stops completely and traffic is in chaos.  We think of it as something positive. we know snow is coming every winter and prepares for it, it is part of everyday life. Snow gives us lots of opportunities for enjoying nature, skiing, huskytrips, snowmobiling and icefishing. Snow is our friend!

snowhotel-2011-2012-4 Kirkenes Snowhotel uses the snows insulating abilities. Snow is a very good insulator, when it is minus thirty degrees outside it will still be relative warm inside the snowhotel, a stable minus five degrees celsius. This special ability of the snow is also known by mother nature, the Ptarmigan makes caves in the deep snow during winter and thus saves a lot of energy inside this shelter, the same can bee seen with the Husky dogs they let them self snow down to keep warm.

Every room in Kirkenes Snowhotel is like a small treasure. The rooms are five metres in diameter, and they are equipped with everything needed for a comfortable night. The pictures looks like you are sleeping on ice, but that would be to cold and to hard for your back, The beds are framed with ice blocks and the beds have comfortable mattresses with thermal insulation on top. You sleep inside a sleeping bag graded for -35 degrees celcius.

Humans produce a small amount of heat and moisture through breathing, That’s why the rooms have curtains instead of doors, to make the air circulate. In every room there is decorations and sculptures made from ice and snow. These arts are created by artists from the chinese city of Harbin.

All of our 20 snowsuites have a different theme from arctic culture or nature. The lighted ice sculptures gives the snowhotel a very cosy and special atmosphere.


In the construction of the hotels ice-bar and sculptures we have used more than 15 tonns of ice. We have used the expertise of the chinese iceartists.

All the ice comes from the frozen lake next to the snowhotel. We cut the ice with chainsaws and pull it with snowmobiles into the snowhotel. In the middle of winter this ice is 70 centimeters thick. The icebar and the sculptures is designed differently every year. It’s always exciting to see what kind of sculptures the artists find hidden in the ice.

Read more about the rooms, click here.

Read more about the Icebar, click here.

Open from 20th of December to 20th of April
Double room: NOK 2500,- per person
Single room: NOK 2500,-
The price includes: Transfer from Kirkenes City centre, 3-course dinner in our wilderness restaurant, sauna and breakfast.

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