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3 Night Magical Winter Adventure In Kirkenes, Norway
Highest Bid:£1,702.00 GBP By bd*****k
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Enjoy a 2 night stay in Gamme Cabin and a 1 night stay in the magical Snowhotel for 2 guests in Kirkenes, Norway. Stay includes: king crab safari for 2; 2 hour husky tour for 2; Northern Lights Tour by bus for 2; as well as all breakfasts and dinners and return transfers from and to Kirkenes Airport. This wonderful stay is valued at approximately 40,000 NOK / £3,715 GBP / $4,875 USD*. Please note all additional purchases including further meals, drinks, extra excursions etc. must be paid for by the winner separately.
Auction stay dates: to be booked in advance and taken between 28 March and 15 April 2019, subject to availability.
Winter in Kirkenes in northern Norway is a magical time for everyone who loves snow and winter activities, and the enchanting Snowhotel Kirkenes is much more than a snow or ice hotel, it offers the total winter adventure package.
Almost at the northernmost point in Europe, and right by the border of Russia and Finnish Lapland, Kirkenes is a fascinating melting pot of these neighbouring cultures along with that of the Norwegian and indigenous Sami people. The area boasts few people and lots of nature: beautiful, raw and diverse arctic landscapes, with tundra, mountains, dense pine forests and literally thousands of lakes. The long, cold and stable winters ensure: the more snow, the more fun, and the colder, the more beautiful.
The first 2 nights of your stay will be in a luxurious Gamme Cabin, which has been inspired by the traditional hunting and fishing hut, “gamme”, that you find in the wilderness of Lapland, the Sami areas of the Arctic. Designed by Swiss architects with nordic inspiration, many guests describe the little village of cabins in the forest as Hobbiton from Tolkien`s fantasy world. On the inside the Gamme is far from the average wilderness lodge with luxurious interiors featuring air conditioning, underfloor heating, natural tiles and an exclusive Villeroy & Boch bathroom. There’s an Aurora wall to gaze upon, if you should be unlucky enough to miss a sighting of the Northern Lights, plus there’s a large panoramic window that will let you look for the blaze of light in the sky above, from the warmth and comfort of your cabin. The Aurora Borealis is the main attraction for many who visit northern Scandinavia, and with stay for a few days, the chance is great that your polar dream will come true. Stay includes breakfast and a 3 course dinner in the unique farmhouse restaurant Låven with a fantastic views across the fjord.
The last night of your stay will be in the magical igloo Snowhotel. It opened for the first time in 2006 with 8 rooms, a small icebar and a reindeer. Since then it’s grown towards the snowy clouds and is now one of the most famous igloo hotels in Norway and the world! The hotel is built completely of snow and ice, with an arctic fjord in front and forest and mountains behind. Each year it melts back into the fjord at the end of the season. Inside there are 20 dreamlike rooms uniquely carved by master ice sculptors from around the world. You are in for a cold and magical night with a constant temperature of -4°, but believe it or not, most people sleep very well. All you need is a warm, thermal sleeping bag, and some good, simple tips on how to stay warm, and you will sleep like Snow White.
During your stay, you will enjoy a King Crab Safari, a wonderful fishing adventure. You will be taken out on the fjord ice by snowmobile and sleigh to find the great beasts. You’ll step out on the frozen fjord and help the fisherman pull the traps from the deep through the ice. The northern lights might flicker across the sky as you get a picture taken with the biggest catch of the tour. The journey will culminate in a warm, rustic farmhouse restaurant by the fjord, where you will enjoy a feast, served the Norwegian way: fresh, juicy and irresistible! You may eat as many King crab legs as you want, nobody goes home hungry!
The Snowhotel Kirkenes Husky Safari is a well known arctic adventure and one of the most popular and reputable husky ventures north of the arctic circle. You’ll see the breath taking arctic nature surrounding Kirkenes: sparse and majestic arctic landscapes with mountain plateaus, white tundra and long fjords, which are typical of Finnmark and Northern Norway. One of the best things is that you get to enjoy these natural Nordic wonders without engine noise and the scent of gasoline, your husky team will pull you there the traditional and environmental way. The 2 hour tour will take you further into the wilderness for a full arctic dog sledding adventure. Note: you will be dressed up in proper thermal clothing and guided by experienced staff.
Finally, the Northern Lights Tour by AuroraExpress Bus will take you far from the light pollution, driving east towards the Russian border, west toward Finland, or south into the Pasvik valley, depending on the aurora forecast. In addition to the chance of spotting the northern lights, the tour offers a great opportunity for sightseeing in the area too.
Please note the Snowhotel Kirkenes recommends that the winner and their guest, like with all guests, take out a good travel insurance policy along with private insurance cover for travelling in the arctic.
Terms and Conditions
Luxury Travel Diary terms and conditions apply. *This auction item is valued at approximately 40,000 NOK by Snowhotel Kirkenes, Norway – please note this valuation is the list price provided to Luxury Travel Diary by the Auction Prize Provider and should be used as a guide only as cheaper discounted rates may be available. No cash alternative is available. This auction item excludes flights and transport – you will need to arrange your own flights / transportation to and from your home to Kirkenes Airport to coincide with your booking. Your stay is subject to availability, must be booked in advance and taken between 28 March and 15 April 2019. Please note any associated taxes / resort fees / entrance fees etc. and all additional purchases will be collected from the winner by the relevant property at the time of booking your stay or on departure and will not be deducted from the amount bid for the item. Snowhotel Kirkenes terms and conditions also apply to this auction stay and these can be read in full here: booking.kirkenessnowhotel.com/terms.aspx. Please note the Snowhotel Kirkenes recommends that the winner and their guest, like with all guests, take out a good travel insurance policy along with private insurance cover for travelling in the arctic. Winners must pay for their auction item in full via PayPal within 48 hours of the auction end. The full Terms of our auctions can be found here. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Luxury Travel Diary will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the winners’ use or enjoyment of the prize; and the winner acknowledges that Luxury Travel Diary accepts no responsibility whether directly or indirectly for any claims whatsoever arising in respect of the prizes provided by third party providers or sponsors.