Hunting the Northern Lights - Norway Insight

Hunting the Northern Lights

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A 3-day Northern Light tour to Kirkenes in Northern Norway. Try the King Crab Safari where you hunt the northern lights by snowmobile, Husky Safari and Kirkenes Snowhotel. On this trip, you can enjoy wonderful winter experiences that give you a lifetime of memories!

The tour starts in Kirkenes where you are picked up at the airport and driven by bus to the hotel. In Kirkenes you will go on a snowmobile tour combined with crab and northern lights safari and the day after a visit the Kirkenes Snowhotel and hunting the northern light on a Husky tour. If you are lucky, you will experience the northern lights.

Kirkenes

 

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Day 1 - Oslo-Kirkenes

You start by taking the morning flight from Oslo to Kirkenes. You book tickets on your own. In Kirkenes you will be picked up at the airport and transported to the hotel.
Both Norwegian and SAS have direct flights from Oslo to Kirkenes.


Norwegian:
Monday-Friday:

  • 0910: departure Oslo
  • 1120: arrival Kirkenes

Sunday:

  • 0900: departure Oslo
  • 1110: arrival Kirkenes

SAS:
Monday-Friday:

  • 0850: departure Oslo
  • 1100: arrival Kirkenes

Saturday

  • 0930: departure Oslo
  • 1425: arrival Kirkenes (2 stops)

The small town of Kirkenes is located in Northern Norway, near the Russian border and is considered the Barents region's capital. Winters in eastern Finnmark are snowy and cold, perfect for snowmobile and dog sledding under the Northern Lights.
The Northern Lights are nature's own fireworks. Northern Norway is one of the best places in the world to watch the Northern Lights. If we are to be honest, that is only partially true, as the lights can be just as visible from destinations outside of Norway. But few countries can rival the vast selection of activities, tours, restaurants and hotels which all play an important part in this arctic experience.

The lights come at night when the sky is dark. It’s like a celestial ballet of light dancing across the night sky, with a colour palette of green, pink or violet. Between late September and late March, it is dark between 6pm and 1am. This is your best chance of spotting the lights. In Kirkenes the best period for Northern Light is normally from the beginning of January to mid-March, but please note that it is never guaranteed that you get to see the Northern Lights.

After checking in at the hotel you will have some time on your own in Kirkenes before you are picked up at the hotel 1745. Today King Crab Safari and hunting the Northern Lights by snowmobile is on the programme. First, we will take king crabs from the pots. While the crabs are being cooked, we start hunting the Northern Lights by snowmobile, in the Siberian Taiga forest in the Pasvik Valley. After the trip, we enjoy fresh king crabs and drink a glass of white wine. Coffee and tea will also be served.

Accommodation: Scandic Kirkenes

Day 2 – Kirkenes – Kirkenes Snowhotel and huskies 

You will start the day with some time on your own in Kirkenes before you are picked up at the hotel at 17:00. Today is Kirkenes Snowhotel and a tour with huskies in the Arctic tundra on the program. 

Kirkenes Snowhotel opened for the first time in 2006, and since then they have been giving their guests a wonderful experience in one of Norway’s most beautiful surroundings. Kirkenes Snowhotel is open from December till it melts in April. Every room in Kirkenes Snowhotel is like a small treasure and all the 24 rooms have different themes taken from the Arctic culture or nature. The lighted ice sculptures give the Snowhotel a very cosy and special atmosphere. You will get a 3-course dinner before you go on the husky tour.

You dress up in warm clothes and get a brief in how to deal with dogs and sledge before you go on tour. Eager Huskies will bring you far into the wilderness. There will be photo stops along the way. A small meal will be served on the tour. If you are lucky, maybe the northern lights will make an appearance. 
Accommodation: Scandic Kirkenes

 

Day 3 - Kirkenes - Oslo

After breakfast, you will be picked up by bus at the hotel and transported to the airport.
You book the flights yourself.

Norwegian:
Monday-Friday:

  • 1200: departure Kirkenes
  • 1410: arrival Oslo

Saturday:

  • Not airplane

Sunday:

  • 1200: departure Kirkenes

  • 1340: arrival Oslo

SAS:


Monday-Friday:

  • 1130: departure Kirkenes

  • 1340: arrival Oslo

Saturday:

  • Not airplane

Sunday:

  • 2035: departure Kirkenes
  • 2245: arrival Oslo

Included in the price

  • King Crab Safari - Hunting the Light by snowmobile. Dinner included.
  • Visit to Kirkenes Snowhotel including dinner
  • Hunting the Northern Lights Husky tour 
  • Accommodation: Two nights in a standard room (double or single) with bathroom.
  • Breakfast day 2-3.

Not included in the price

  • Plane tickets to and from Norway.
  • Plane tickets Oslo-Kirkenes t/r.
  • Alcohol and drinks.
  • Lunch 

What to bring

  • Warm winter shoes.
  • Small day-trip backpack.
  • Warm winter clothes.
  • Warm hat and gloves.
  • Wool leggings and wool pullover.
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers.
  • Sunglasses.

King Crab Safari - Hunting the Light by snowmobile

  • You will get warm winter outfit, crash helmets, boots and gloves.
  • 2 persons per snowmobile.
  • Driving licence for a car or motorcycle is required.
  • Children under the age of 15 can only be passengers.
  • Driving under influence of alcohol prohibited.

Husky Safari

  • You will get warm clothing (overall, boots and balaclava)

Minimum number participants

  • On this trip, there must be a minimum of 2 participants. 

Photo

  • Barentssafari 
  • Kirkenes Snøhotell

 

Highlights

  • King Crab Safari - Hunting the Light by snowmobile.
  • Hunting the Northern Lights Husky tour  
  • Kirkenes Snowhotel.

Route

  1. Kirkenes