The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Discover the intimate charm and intricate ice architecture of the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Ice Artistry

Ice Artistry

View the exquisitely decorated ice bar and a consecrated chapel

Why not enjoy a Suite at the Igloo Hotel?

Why not enjoy a Suite at the Igloo Hotel?

Sleeping on Ice

Sorrisniva Restaurant

Sorrisniva Restaurant

Dine in the Sorrisniva Restaurant

Snowmobile Safari

Snowmobile Safari

Head out through the forest and across vast snow covered plains

The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Fly to Alta in Northern Norway and discover the intimate charm and intricate ice architecture of the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Alta enjoys a quieter reputation than neighbouring Tromsø, but delivers no less of a thrill. You can snowmobile across the frozen tundra, mush you own husky team, and delight in the chase for the Aurora Borealis, ‘sleep on ice’ and enjoy gourmet dining at Sorrisniva’s delectable restaurant.


SORRISNIVA IGLOO HOTEL

Building of the Sorrisniva Igloo hotel begins as soon as the first snow falls and this year, its 16th, the doors will open on 6th January. There are just 30 rooms, an ice lounge and bar, a themed sculpture gallery and an exquisitely decorated chapel.
 
The temperature inside the igloo remain constant between -4°and -7° but the natural reindeer hides, mattresses and sleeping bags will keep you warm throughout the night – although we do recommend you do wear thermals and perhaps, a wooly hat!
 
THE SCANDIC HOTEL ALTA
Bang in the centre of town the hotel has 2 restaurants: the Alta serving breakfast and an a-la carte evening menu and a bar: the Nordlys. All standard variously reflect in their decor the polar night or endless midnight sun with fabrics and furnishings in emerald blue or black & rust. All have private WC/shower, flat screen TV, WI-FI & telephone. The adjacent Nordlysbadet Swimming pool has its own entrance from the hotel.

Day 1 UK – Alta & Northern Lights Search 

Fly to Alta (via Oslo). On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Scandic Hotel Alta. The hotel is situated opposite the titanium-clad Northern Lights Cathedral which, when lit up, forms a stunning backdrop against the Arctic skies. This evening you will leave behind the city lights in search of the Aurora Borealis. Your guide will travel along the coast, fjords and inland in search of clear skies and a glimpse of the dancing ribbons that flicker across the heavens. He will also be on hand to offer assistance in capturing this natural phenomenon on your camera. 

Day 2 Snowmobiling and Sorrisniva

After breakfast you will transferred to the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. The day continues with an exciting snowmobile safari where you will follow a former trading route, across the vast snow covered plateau in one of the last wilderness areas in Europe. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in these idyllic surrounds, where you can walk,  go for a kick sled ride of spend some time in the outdoor hot tub gazing at the starry skies. Dinner is at Laksestua, a wooden building shaped like a traditional Sami lavvu, complete with open fire. Here, the chef will prepare you a delicious 3-course meal – Nordic cuisine at its best. You will then retire to your snow room and a comfortable night wrapped in reindeer skins and the warmest of sleeping bags.

Day 3 Husky Mushing 

This morning relax with a warming sauna before breakfast. You will then be transferred to a local husky kennel. Meet your team of dogs and, after instruction, you can try your hand at driving your own sleigh and steering your team of dogs through the Alta Canyon and along the banks of the river. You will then be transferred back to Alta for your final nights at the Scandic Hotel Alta.

Day 4 UK

In the morning you have some time to relax before your transfer back to Alta airport ready for your return flight back to the UK.

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

With building beginning as the snow falls, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel opens its doors for the 15th time at the beginning of January and will melt away again in late spring. The structure includes just 30 or so rooms and a few suites; ice lounges, sculpture gallery and an exquisitely decorated ice bar with drinks served in hand cut ice glasses.

Annexed to the hotel is something akin to a giant tent shaped pine cabin with an open fire, sauna, changing cubicles and restaurant serving seasonally inspired Sami dishes from grouse breast with cloudberry sauce to hazelnut coated arctic char; marinated salmon to fried reindeer and cloudberry soup to arctic berry pie.

Surrounding the Igloo Hotel in the heart of Norwegian Lapland is the Finnmarksvidda plateau with its undulating tundra marked only by the old trekking trails and lushly scarred by river valleys with their pine, spruce and birch. This is where you can hear ‘the sound of silence’; be awestruck by the density of stars in the sky’s canopy above you and watch the blue, pink, and yellow colours of the cold night air

Rica Alta Hotel
Rica Alta Hotel

Bang in the centre of town the hotel has 2 restaurants: the Alta serving breakfast and an a-la carte evening menu and a bar: the Nordlys. All standard variously reflect in their decor the polar night or endless midnight sun with fabrics and furnishings in emerald blue or black & rust. All have private WC/shower, flat screen TV, WI-FI & telephone. The adjacent Nordlysbadetswimming pool has its own entrance from the hotel.