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“Skidoo trip to the Russian border”

Barents Safari Tours
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Kirkenes
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

From the time we were picked up at our lodgings the excitement began. Extremely friendly guide opened our door and made the start as easy as possible. Entering the change room we were completely transformed into the warmest ever snow clothing and protective gear and then with a great sense of humour and fun we made our way to the snow skidoos. How exciting as the snow shimmered all over the magical area as we were given simple instructions for our safety.
There was only one other couple, the guide (a really fun guy) and my hubby and me. I am a complete novice when it comes to bikes so I chose to sit on the back and just enjoy the view. Well let me tell you the view was AMAZING! Approx. 6 hours of sheer fun and views. We went through forest between trees like James Bond, across roads (all very much looked after and safe) and then let me tell you the speed on the fiordes was such a thrill (not necessary if you are not a speed demon like we are)
Lunch at an echo resort complete with heaps of information and even a video to watch about the area. Over lunch we talked about their working and living environment and we felt like we could not ask for anything else. Arriving home safely with both of us not wanting it to end. Ours smiles are still embedded on our faces when we think of this amazing trip. More than highly recommended.

Thank Loretta R
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

Joined them for a snowmobile & king crabs hunting which includes all you can eat king crab & wine.

Everyone at Barents were very professional and friendly; safety briefing, helping us on to ride safely on the snowmobile; took photos with king crabs but unfortunately weather wasn't good enough to see northern lights while we were there but I totally enjoyed myself here. Dinner was great with free flow of wine, soft drinks and king crabs.

5  Thank Eltan16
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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

We didn't want to do the Hurtigruten excursions in Kirkenes and wanted to see and try fresh crab and found Barents on Google. Booking via email was a breeze, and we ended up with a snowmobile trip, that ended with a crab FEAST.

Geir, our guide for the day, picked us up at the pier and drove us to the Barents camp. We geared up in their snow outfits before safety briefs. Drove out to a crab pot and took pictures with live crabs.

Upon getting back, we enjoyed a pot of freshly steamed crab legs, stuffing ourselves till we could eat no more!

Geir was a charming guide, knowledgeable about the area, Norwegian culture, and would most definitely take longer excursions with Barents next time in Kirkenes.

Thank davidsuen
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

My sister and I joined the King Crabs and Northern Lights Hunting Tour and luckily, only 2 of us on that night. We, therefore, were taken exclusive care by Geir. We may thought that snowmobile should not be very difficult to handle, it indeed required very firm and strong arms to keep the snowmobile on your intended track, not on others. Besides, the main worry of most drivers would like be "If it is safe to drive on frozen sea?" when you saw snow was loose and up to knee, it may, at certain extent, make people hesitate and eventually could not enjoy the drive. Luckily, we had Geir who had brought all these up prior to our worries. Not only did we enjoy the drive, but the King crabs were the best experience in life...ALL YOU CAN EAT! Not sure if this was due to a small group, anyhow, it was an exceptional experience.
It was a pleasure to talk to Geir as he was so happy to answer all our questions, as living in Arctic Circle was still mysterious to us from the down South.
Although we could not see Northern Lights while we were on the snowmobile, Geir, before he dropped us off, told us the locations to hunt for lights near our hotel.
Geir: Sorry that there's no reason for us to go back to Kirkenes as we saw that lights right after you left...haha.
A tour with great crabs, wonderful local guides & an unique driving experience, the is no doubt the best winter tour in Kirkenes!

Thank Lai L
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Super happy for having signed up for this trip.
Our guide Hans was very professional with an extensive knowledge of the area.
All equipment was provided, safety briefing was good, and off we went. The scenery was wonderful and driving the snow mobile on the icecovered fjord was easy and fun. I only wish the trip was longer, but with time constraints due to the Hurtigruten departure, we got the most out of it. Would highly recommend Barents Safari.

Thank Anders G
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