The crisp air of the winter morning greets us as we step
off the train at the Russian border town of Nikel. From
here we are taken across the border into Kirkenes,
Norway. Here, we check in to the otherworldly Snowhotel,
where everything from the walls and roof to the beds are
made of packed snow and ice.
Take full advantage of this unique location with any
of the following Your World experiences:
- Take a snowmobile safari where you have the chance
- Put on snowshoes and take a gentle walk through
- Experience the magic of being pulled by a husky
sled across frozen lakes.
- Leave the modern world behind and search for
The Northern Lights on a husky sled.
After a round of welcome drinks at the Ice Bar, we take
a tour of the hotel’s ice sculptures. It is hard to imagine,
but when spring comes, the entire hotel melts away
and is rebuilt again in winter. This evening, we dine
on traditional Scandinavian fare, after which, we set
off in search of the aurora. If we are lucky, the lights
reveal themselves. Our guest astronomer points out the
constellations and tells us a little more about the lights.
As an insightful day culminates once more, we find our
way back to the Snowhotel. While it may feel as though
it has been nighttime for hours, this is just a trick of
Norway in the winter – we are likely to encounter many
long and dark nights on this journey.