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King crab snowmobile safari on the sea ice near Kirkenes, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life
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King crab snowmobile safari on the sea ice near Kirkenes, Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life

10 fun winter activities in Eastern Finnmark

Winters here are cold with lots of snow - ideal for skiing and sledding. Stay in a snow hotel, fish for king crabs and hunt for the northern lights.

Kirkenes Snowhotel

A hotel made from snow and ice, igloo-shaped rooms and an indoor temperature of -4°C — but in good sleeping bags, you will sleep better than you've ever done. Snowmobile trips, the Gabba Reindeer Park, dog racing… Kirkenes Snowhotel also offers plenty of exciting excursions and activities.

Husky safari under the northern lights

A husky safari in the Pasvik Valley takes you into the deep, quiet forests with great chances to see the northern lights, or you can go in daytime to experience the winter landscape. Birk Husky arranges tours.

Snowmobile safari under the northern lights

Snowmobiles will take you deep into the ‘taiga’ and the woods. Take the trip during the day to see the snowy landscape, or in the evening to gaze at the northern lights. Join a tour with Barents Safari.

King crab snowmobile safari on the sea ice

We will set out over the sea ice near Kirkenes. We will haul crab pots up from under the ice and find that the frozen fjord is teeming with giant crabs. We will then prepare them so that you can enjoy this prized delicacy. Join a tour with Barents Safari.

Gourmet cuisine and dog sledding

You will be served a delicious dinner prepared with local ingredients at Gapahuken. Then dog sleds will take you through the forests by the Russian border to look for the northern lights.

Sightseeing tour in Kirkenes and to the Russian border

Take a two-hour sightseeing tour in the border town of Kirkenes, to the iron ore mines at Bjørnevatn and two border posts with a view into Russia with Pasvikturist AS. Mining history, WWII drama and border issues are all presented.

Deep-sea fishing in the Arctic Ocean

The ocean off Eastern Finnmark is full of fish, and is one of the best areas for deep-sea fishing. Boats from Mehamn fish for cod, halibut, monkfish and king crab. Nordic Safari organise tours.

Snowshoeing

You learn to walk on snowshoes in minutes, and a guide will take you out into the frozen winter landscape around Kirkenes Snowhotel — a great photo opportunity

Bird-watching

Rare Arctic winter ducks winter along the Varangerfjord. In the bright late winter, the sea birds return to the bird cliffs and the waders seek open water in the river mouths. Biotope organises bird-watching trips.

Snowmobile safari on the northern tip of Europe

Cross Europe's northernmost mainland, with a break for coffee and joik with Sami reindeer herders, on a snowmobile trip between Kjøllefjord and Mehamn.

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Last updated:  2013-07-25
Snuggle up at Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Norway - Photo: Geri Moen/GoFoto
Snuggle up at Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Norway
Dog sledging near Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Norway - Photo: Stein Lillebo
Dog sledging near Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Norway
Northern lights in Finnmark, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Innovation Norway
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King crab snowmobile safari on the sea ice near Kirkenes, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life

10 fun winter activities in Eastern Finnmark

Winters here are cold with lots of snow - ideal for skiing and sledding. Stay in a snow hotel, fish for king crabs and hunt for the northern lights.

10 fun winter activities in Eastern Finnmark

Source: Visitnorway

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