Forget the Airport Shuttle, Let Huskies Pick You Up Instead
One of the suckiest parts of traveling is, well, the actual traveling: the getting from one place to another; specifically the airport to the hotel. At the far north Norwegian ice hotel Kirkenes Snowhotel you can take advantage of a more entertaining (and probably cuter) service than the usual transfer options, by using the hotel's own dog taxi service.
The just launched service is thought to be the world's first of its kind. Eight Alaskan Huskies transport guests from the Kirkenes Airport (one of the most northerly airports in the world) to the Snowhotel. Guests are provided with a thermal suit to keep them warm during the ride, which lasts around 45 minutes -- probably depending upon the dogs. All the huskies come from the hotel's own pack of 80, who also take guests on dog-sledding trips during their stay.
Open since 2006, Kirkenes Snowhotel is located Norway's easternmost town, close to the Russian border. Its 20 snowsuites and ice bar are made from 15 tons of ice and each room features a different theme representing Arctic culture or nature. The hotel is open until the 20th of April and rates of NOK2450 per person ($400) include a three-course dinner in the "wilderness restaurant," breakfast and sauna.
If you want the husky airport transfer, though, that will set you back an extra $375. While a husky taxi sounds adorable, it's worth noting that a two-hour dog sled excursion with the same huskies costs only $230.
[Photo: Kirkenes Snowhotel]