Nord Rail - territory for adventure

Snowhotel & Murmansk
4 days from € 990.-                                                                                              Tour NR-12 
inclusive flights & English speaking guide

Welcome for a fun and exciting stay in an amazing winter world. The snowhotel gives
you a wonderful experience in one of Norways most beautiful surroundings. Snow is a very good insulator, when it is minus thirty degrees outside it will still be relative warm -5 degrees celsius inside the snowhotel. This special ability of the snow is also known by mother nature. Many animals build caves in the deep snow during winter and the husky dogs let them self snow down to keep warm. We look forward to see you here for an extraordinary snowfun!


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. All of the 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. All the ice comes from the frozen lake next to the snowhotel. The icebar and the sculptures is designed differently every year.


Kirkenes Snowhotel have a cosy wilderness restaurant next to the hotel. In the restaurant “Gabba” you can get a taste of the best produce from this region of Norway. The restaurant building is shaped like a Sami tent, but built in russian style of pine timber.
The restaurant is circular with an big open fireplace in the middle. This fireplace is where we cook all the food. Our chefs make sure you get a taste of our lovely local specialities.



Itinerary
B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner, P= picnic, AC = accommodation


Day 01: Kirkenes Norway (D)
Flight with Norwegian or another airline from many European airports to via Oslo to Kirkenes and meeting by an English-speaking guide at the airport, transfer to a very good middle class hotel in Kirkenes centre. AC hotel.
Note: Get pre-trip Oslo on request.


Day 2 Murmansk & nuclear icebreaker Lenin (B,D)
Early in the morning trip by bus to Murmansk and city tour of the capital of the Russian North. Murmansk is a port city and provides the base for 15 fleets. Visit to the Maritime Museum with photographs and models of the northern Russian Navy and visit the first nuclear icebreaker in the world. In the evening return back in Kirkenes. AC hotel


Day 3 Pasvik Valley - brown bears & Snow Hotel (B,D)
In the morning city walk in Kirkenes and tour to the Pasvik Valley. This valley stretches about 100 km southwards in the municipality, and forms a wedge between Russia in the east and Finland in the west. The Pasvik River constitutes most of the 196 km long border towards Russia. Pasvik is known for its flora and fauna with many eastern species of plants and birds that do not exist elsewhere in the country. Norway’s largest bear population lives in Pasvik. Visit the national park center.


In the afternoon transfer to your snowhotel and check-in snow suite. Dinner with Norwegian specialities. AC snowhotel.


Day 4 Snowhotel & return travel (B)
After breakfast you can use the sauna, transfer to the airport and fly back from Kirkenes via Oslo.
On request we will send you offers for further travel with Hurtigruten from Kirkenes.


Minimum number of participants:   no
Mmaximum number of participants: 8

travel dates

18.12.16 – 21.12.16 
21.12.16 – 24.12.16 
23.12.16 – 26.12.16 

01.01.17 – 04.01.17 
15.01.17 – 18.01.17 
29.01.17 – 01.02.17 
12.02.17 – 15.02.17 
26.02.17 – 29.02.17
28.02.17 – 02.03.17 
11.03.17 – 14.03.17 
18.03.17 – 21.03.17 
01.04.17 – 04.04.17 

15.04.17 – 18.04.17 

The tour price includes: 

Flights with Norwegian or another airline from many European airports to Kirkenes via Oslo and back in economy class
Trip to Murmansk & Pasvik Valley
All overnight stays in very good middle class hotels and snowhotel.
Meals: half board
All transfers
All city tours and excursions as described, according to the program including entrance fees
English-speaking guide from / to Kirkens airport, partly additionally local guide
Visa support / invitation for applying Russian visa
Nord-Rail Pack

Services not included
Meals and beverages at meals, except mentioned, tips, expenses of personal needs, personal travel insurance, visa fees

Prices in Euro / person
Double room / Snow Suite                    990. -
Single room / Snow Suite 1 person 1.390.-

Entry Requirements / participation in travel
For this trip, a passport is required, valid 6 months longer than the end of the trip.
For the Russian visa a free double page in the passport is needed. Please note: to apply Russian visa a travel insurance is needed. All information and documents for visa applications you receive from us, including invitation (visa support). Health notes: There are no vaccinations or prophylactic measures for this journey necessary.




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