King crab safari in winter
Under the auspices of Barentssafari, you can join a king crab experience that offers both speed and great flavours. Participants first get to bring in king crab from the hotel’s pots and while a chef prepares the crabs, the others take a snowmobile trip on the Langfjord and into the Siberian taiga forest in the Pasvik valley. After the tour, food is served in a lavvo (Sami tent) and the freshly caught king crab is served with bread, mayonnaise and white wine. Throughout the evening, there will be fun with coffee and tea.
Happy ice fishing
The area around Kirkenes is an Eldorado for fishing! And in a place where winter lasts almost half a year, there is a lot of fishing through the ice. The main season for ice fishing is from February to May and the most common species of fish to catch on the hook are char, trout and perch. Join an organised tour to learn how it’s done – and to experience why many people think that Sør-Varanger is best experienced sitting on a reindeer skin on the ice while waiting for a bite.
Husky tours – join the dogs on an adventure
Experience northern Norwegian nature with a dog sled! Snowhotel Kirkenes offers husky tours adapted to the season and at different distances. Here you can take part in everything from a 5-kilometre walk along the fjord in beautiful Sandnesdalen to a complete Arctic dog sledding adventure out in the wilderness. The tour goes across the snow and it is wonderful to experience how the dogs almost float on the white surface.
Northern Lights Safari
The Northern Lights are perhaps one of the most beautiful natural phenomena you can experience and in Kirkenes you have very good conditions for seeing the beautiful colours that dance across the sky.
The hunt for the Northern Lights can be combined with several other types of tours:
You can go on a husky tour where the dogs take you on a sled up the mountain or a snowmobile tour where you drive around waiting for the lights to reveal themselves. If you’re happiest in the warmth, Aurora Express offers a bus trip along the routes where there’s the greatest chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
Experience the midnight sun from a quad bike
Barents Safari arranges several tours on quad bikes. One of them goes to the Barents Sea, where you can visit the official border crossing at Storskog and head east, past the Jarfjord and across the mountain plateau, before arriving at the lush Grense Jakobselv valley. The village has been vacated and you are very close to the Russian border where you can experience Norwegian and Russian border guards. By the beach facing the Barents Sea is the King Oscar II chapel, built from stone in 1869 as border protection against Russia. Enjoy coffee and some food by the Barents Sea before returning home.
King crab safari in the summer months
With professional fishermen and a fast RIB, Kirkenes Snowhotel is proud to call this trip the "original king crab safari". In the warmer months of the year, this is a speedy and fun trip that takes you out into Varangerfjord. Fish for crab, get to hold them and take pictures. After the trip you will be taken to a boathouse by the fjord where the crab are prepared in true northern Norwegian style.
Fishing trip in the Barents Sea
Kirkenes Snowhotel takes you out to the Barents Sea in the RIB to one of the last stops before the North Pole. Out at sea, you get to experience a wide range of wonderful wildlife, and if you are lucky, you will see eagles, seals and birds. And, not least, there is good chance of a bite on the hook!
Join a snowmobile tour! Barentssafari offers a range of snowmobile tours – whether you’re chasing the Northern Lights or fishing for king crab.