Price from £1,745pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, guided activities, meals and cold weather clothing; all as listed.

Key facts

  • Duration:3 nights
  • Pace:Balanced
  • Suitable for: Anybody over the age of 18. See our terms for further information.
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  • Flights: return flights from London Heathrow to Kirkenes (via Oslo). Non-UK and regional departures on request (routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 3 nights at Thon Hotel or Scandic Hotel
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 2 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: walking tour/tour with kick-sledge, ice fishing, fishing for king crabs and Northern Lights hunt by snowmobile, husky safari, visit to the Snowhotel (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Services of experienced guides and instructors
  • Winter clothing is provided for the activities

Kirkenes has so much to offer visitors and for those who are short on time, this three-night winter holiday is sure to deliver.

Only 15 kilometres from the border with Russia, Kirkenes feels like a real frontier town. As you walk by the harbour you will hear Russian and Finnish voices mingling together and the signs will also feature Cyrillic text - it is truly unique. Surrounded by wilderness, Kirkenes acts as an ideal hub from which to sample the unforgettable experiences that this remote region can offer.

With a rugged coastline and a mountainous backdrop, this is a playground which promises some truly memorable activity days. The town also offers some rather distinctive attractions which draw people from all over the world. These include the famous Kirkenes Snowhotel and the delectable delicacy that is king crab.

This may only be a short break of just three nights but we make sure that you get to enjoy all of the must-try winter activities. You will dog sled through the outdoors, visit the Russian border, try your hand at ice fishing, dine on the freshest possible king crab and witness the Snowhotel.

Of course, one of Kirkenes' other attractions is its location in prime Aurora territory. You will try and exploit its excellent Northern Lights record during a night of Aurora hunting in the remote Pasvik Valley. 

With a choice of modern accommodation available, you will return to a centrally located base each night following a day of unforgettable experiences in the Arctic. This may be a short break but you will head back home with a wealth of wonderful memories. 

Image credits: Kirkenes Snowhotel, Trym Ivar Bergsmo
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Other options

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  • Spend the night at the Snowhotel

    From £106pp

    You can choose to spend your third and final night in Norway at the wonderful Snowhotel. Following your guided tour and dinner with the rest of the group, you will return to check into your snow room accommodation.

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    These rooms are beautifully crafted from ice and snow and offer a unique experience for all guests who stay here.

    Everyone is provided with a cosy Arctic-grade sleeping bag which will keep you warm despite an interior temperature of -5°C. Breakfast will be enjoyed at the hotel in the morning and you can also relax in one of the saunas if your airport transfers permit.

    You will be collected from the Snowhotel and transferred directly to the airport for your return flights home. This means that you will need to check out of your city centre hotel on the morning of Day 3.

    Image credit: Kirkenes Snowhotel

Other options

  • Drive your own dogsled

    From: £82pp

    If you want to experience the uninterrupted thrill of controlling a pack of huskies, this upgrade will let you drive one per sled - rather than having to switch halfway to being a passenger.

  • Drive your own snowmobile (Northern Lights king crab tour)

    From: £82pp

    Snowmobiling is incredibly addictive and you may wish to have a vehicle all to yourself. This upgrade lets you do just that!

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
Price guarantee

Prices are per person and based on 2 adults sharing a hotel room. Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation if you have any other requirements.

Sun 14 Jan 2018
to Wed 17 Jan 2018
Adults£ 1,775 Single Adult£ 1,900
Sun 21 Jan 2018
to Wed 24 Jan 2018
Adults£ 1,745 Single Adult£ 1,870
Sun 28 Jan 2018
to Wed 31 Jan 2018
Adults£ 1,775 Single Adult£ 1,900
Sun 11 Feb 2018
to Wed 14 Feb 2018
Adults£ 1,915 Single Adult£ 2,040
Sun 18 Feb 2018
to Wed 21 Feb 2018
Adults£ 1,775 Single Adult£ 1,900
Sun 25 Feb 2018
to Wed 28 Feb 2018
Adults£ 1,915 Single Adult£ 2,040
Sun 04 Mar 2018
to Wed 07 Mar 2018
Adults£ 1,745 Single Adult£ 1,870
Sun 11 Mar 2018
to Wed 14 Mar 2018
Adults£ 1,745 Single Adult£ 1,870
Sun 18 Mar 2018
to Wed 21 Mar 2018
Adults£ 1,845 Single Adult£ 1,970

Please note: Our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

Next year's provisional dates and prices

To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. You will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

Sun 13 Jan 2019
to Wed 16 Jan 2019
Adults£ 2,000 Single Adult£ 2,145
Sun 20 Jan 2019
to Wed 23 Jan 2019
Adults£ 1,965 Single Adult£ 2,110
Sun 27 Jan 2019
to Wed 30 Jan 2019
Adults£ 2,000 Single Adult£ 2,145
Sun 10 Feb 2019
to Wed 13 Feb 2019
Adults£ 2,160 Single Adult£ 2,305
Sun 17 Feb 2019
to Wed 20 Feb 2019
Adults£ 2,000 Single Adult£ 2,145
Sun 24 Feb 2019
to Wed 27 Feb 2019
Adults£ 2,160 Single Adult£ 2,305
Sun 03 Mar 2019
to Wed 06 Mar 2019
Adults£ 1,965 Single Adult£ 2,110
Sun 10 Mar 2019
to Wed 13 Mar 2019
Adults£ 1,965 Single Adult£ 2,110
Sun 17 Mar 2019
to Wed 20 Mar 2019
Adults£ 2,080 Single Adult£ 2,225

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 2 - 8 people

Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Minimum age

Whilst Artisan Travel only sells holidays to those aged 18 years and over on a small selection of holidays there may be those under the age of 18 who have booked with other companies and where our local supplier also allow those under 18 to participate (additional activities during tailor made holidays for example). Our travel experts will answer any concerns you may have in this regard.

Medical History and advice

You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

Experience and fitness

Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition is provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required.If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost everyday.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience is unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

  • A wonderful adventure 05 February 2017 by Dorothy Fleri and Derek Marshall

    We had a wonderful adventure and did all we set out to do. We would recommend this holiday to everyone. All trips were perfect and on time; locals were excellent and very welcoming.

  • Wow what an amazing holiday 14 April 2015 by Chris Meigh

    Where to start - what an amazing trip. We did the trip to Kirkenes and went snowmobiling across a frozen fjord, dog sleighing through the Siberian forrest and looking for the Northern Lights on the frozen ocean. It is truely indescribeable. It really was a once in a lifetime experience and I thank you for making it go so smoothly. We had no problems at all - all the pick ups were on time and well
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    organised, everything that they said was included was (including a lunch that we were not expecting) and all the activiites were outstanding. We went for my mums 50th birthday and it really did make it unforgettable.
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  • No problems about booking 27 February 2015 by Richard Smith

    No problems about booking. Good information provided. Your local agent, Pasvikturist was very helpful and made it possible for us to book an additional activity. Their use of small local providers in addition to the Snowhotel company gave the holiday a personal touch as the group sizes were mostly quite small. The Thon Hotel is very well situated (we saw the Northern Lights twice from it) and the
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    food is good. The Rica Arctic has now changed its name to Scandia. Other local attractions are Surf and Turf in Kirkenes for food, and the Borderlands Museum.
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