Norwegian hotel offers dog sled service from airport

Jan. 29, 2014 at 12:34 PM

KIRKENES, Norway, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A hotel in northern Norway announced "dog taxis" are available for tourists looking for a ride to the accommodation from the local airport.

Ronny Ostrem, the chief executive of Kirkenes Snow Hotel, said the first "dog taxis" picked up passengers Wednesday at the Kirkenes Airport and took them for a 45-minute ride to the hotel, TheLocal.no reported Wednesday.

"As the first airport in Norway offering dog treks straight from the airport, we expect that within two to five years, it will become a good commercial fixture in our product segment," Ostrem said. "We believe that this will have an impact on whether visitors come to Kirkenes or another destination in Scandinavia."

Ostrem said the hotel had to obtain permission from defense authorities, local officials and reindeer management authorities.

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