Will Norway Have a Visit From President Trump?


Snowhotel in Kirkenes, Northern Norway, welcomes many guests to its famous igloo hotel and some are more famous than others. Last fall the Prime Minister’s Office in Norway called and asked if Prime Minister Erna Solberg could get a husky wagon ride since she had a few hours off before her plane went (she doesn`t have an Airforce One).

The agreement was that she was going on the ride like other guests without stress! The deal was done and she would pay like a regular customer.

Will Norway Have a Visit From President Trump?
Snowhotel, the famous igloo hotel in Kirkenes. Photo: Snowhotel

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Prime Minister of Norway arrives at Snowhotel
“She came and we had some pleasant hours around the fire”, says Kåre Tannvik who founded Snowhotel Kirkenes in 2005.  “What we talked about was the same as with other visitors: how we live up here with an active cabin life with sauna and chill-out. She enjoyed our homemade reindeer hot dogs and we believe she had a good time.”

Politics as usual
But then suddenly the conversation turned into grand politics. The Prime Minister had recently attended a conference in Svolvær in Lofoten, and on-stage some children asked her: “Where would you take president Trump for a weekend at a cabin?”

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Having visited the Snowhotel in Kirkenes recently, the Prime Minister answered instantly, “I’d invite him on a cabin weekend in Kirkenes!”

So now Kåre Tannvik and the Snowhotel in Kirkenes are waiting for Airforce One!

Will Norway have a visit from President Trump?
“Our slogan is ‘WE CHANGE YOU’, so welcome dear Mr Trump, never too late! (Erna, free stay for you is on us, if he comes!)” says Tannvik.

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Catching a taxi at most airports is time consuming and no fun at all. So, Snowhotel Kirkenes is offering a nostalgic effort to attract tourists. Those brave enough to endure the cold weather are now able to go for a dog sled ride.

Will Norway have a visit from President Trump? Compiled from Sowhotel Kirkenes blog. We thank founder Kåre Tannvik for his kind permission to reprint the story.

Feature image (on top): President Donald Trump and Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg, January 2018.