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