Monday, January 21, 2013
Snowhotel - Freezing warm
Kirkenes Snowhotel opened for the first time in 2006. Snow and ice are disappearing in an ever warmer climate. Enjoy this while you can !
The Kirkenes Snowhotel uses the snow's insulating abilities. Snow is a very good insulator, when it is minus thirty degrees outside it will still be relative warm inside the snowhotel, a stable minus five degrees celsius. This special ability of the snow is also known by mother nature. The Ptarmigan creates caves in the deep snow during winter and thus saves a lot of energy inside this shelter, the same can bee seen with the Husky dogs they let them self snow down to keep warm.
Every room in Kirkenes Snowhotel is a small treasure. The rooms are five metres in diameter, and they are equipped with everything needed for a comfortable night. The pictures looks like you are sleeping on ice, but that would be too cold and to hard for your back, The beds are framed with ice blocks and the beds have comfortable mattresses with thermal insulation on top. You sleep inside a sleeping bag graded for -35 degrees Celcius.