Often compared to the homes in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy hobbit land, these unique and hip wilderness cabins found in Norway's far flung north, are open year round. On the same plot during winter, a separate hotel made of snow and ice invites visitors to spend a night at sub-zero temperatures.
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Surrounded by plunging mountains, snow-blanketed forests and beautiful wildlife living across the tundra, Snowhotel Kirkenes is the ideal location for those seeking a full immersion into the arctic wilderness.
The 14 whimsical ice suites are completely unique from the next, and Norway's long winters provide the perfect conditions for spending a night at -5 under the intricately carved artworks etched onto the walls. Experience delicious drinks at the fabulous Ice Bar and enjoy a three-course meal at the nearby restaurant.
If a warmer room sounds a little more tempting after a day of icy activities, Kirkenes Gamme Cabins are a cosy hideaway and provide optimum views when the swirling Aurora dances across the night sky.
For those eager to discover a true arctic winter, try anything from morning snow yoga to dog sledding and ice-fishing, all supported by experienced and friendly guides who offer a wealth of knowledge on the area.
Spend a night in the Kirkenes Snowhotel 365
With the original Snowhotel Kirkenes opening in 2006, the magnificent artwork that is Snowhotel 365 has since grown and is now open all year round. 14 rooms carved completely out of ice have been expertly created by sculptors from around the world, with scenes depicting Norwegian and Sami historical tales. Cosy thermal bedding and a soft matress keeps you warm in sub-zero temperatures. Thick forests at the rear and crystal fjords at the front means the arctic wonder is perfectly positioned for guests to enjoy the wilderness and access the multitudes of exhilarating activities on offer.
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