Dog-sled taxis launched in Norway’s north

Guests journey between airport and snow hotel

“Dog taxis” have been launched to take tourists between a hotel in Kirkenes in the very north of Norway and the nearby airport, in an effort to attract more tourists.

The first two passengers were taken through the snowy landscape by dog sled from the airport to the Kirkenes Snow Hotel, a trek of around 45 minutes.

To get the service – the first of its kind in Norway – up and running, the hotel needed to get approval from an authority that oversees reindeer in the region and the country’s defence forces, as well as the local municipality.

“We will offer this as an exclusive transfer from the airport, directly to our snow hotel, and it’s going to be offered for everyone,” Ronny Østrem, the hotel’s chief executive, said. He said the first day was “fantastic”, with clear sunny weather and an encounter with a herd of about a hundred reindeer.

The trip is pricey, however, at around NOK 2300 (€270) a time.

The Local

[pictured: Dog sledding in Finnmark, Norway; photo by Trym Ivar Bergsmo/Finnmark Reiseliv; courtesy Visit Norway]

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