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Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Alta
Certificate of Excellence
Bude, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“What dreams are made of,”
Reviewed February 7, 2011

We got married here and had the wedding suite that night. Treated like royalty in every way the staff and chef made it a very special day. The ice chapel and the carvings are breathtaking.Snowmobiling and husky sledging was brilliant and organized by them. We can thoroughly recommended it as its what dreams are made of and you can live a dream.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Stanford, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2010

Away from the "city" of Alta, this remote hotel is in an idyllic environment and much attention is paid to the fine details to make your stay here exquisite. The dinner was excellent, and I had a solid 8 hours of great sleep in the reindeer sheets and blanket. With clear skies, you also have a pretty good chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis if you just walk to the back of the sleeping area. Granted, it is quite pricey, but then again, everything is in Norway.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
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Bewdley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 373 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2010

This is a great little ice hotel with a chapel two suites and lots of smaller standard rooms, the real highlight is the bar and the main hall which contains most of the carvings.

The hotel takes on a local theme each year which all of the carvings are then based around.

Unlike the very commercial IceHotel in Sweden, at this smaller cousin the art is still the main driving force and the hotel uses plenty of different coloured lights instead of just cold blue and white.

Well worth a visit if you are in Alta even if you can’t afford to spend the night.

The onsite restaurant is excellent and reasonably priced offering equally impressive architecture in wood.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Leeds
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2010

My dream to go to the Artic regions came true,to actually get married in an Ice Chapel was Fantastic,to sleep in a Ice hotel "Wow" I had to keep pinching myself was this real.
If you have a dream no matter what it is,it will come true. The hotel,staff,and everything about it was very much worth more than money.
The Reception was excellent,as for my cake it was Norwegian it brought tears to my eyes.
I hope to go back one day,I'll dream again that I do,and lets see!. So what are you waiting for "Go for it"

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Seillans, France
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Reviewed February 26, 2010

We have just returned from our holiday in Norway, which we finished at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta. We felt very priviliged to have been able to sleep inside this excellent piece of art! The hotel was much larger than we had imagined and even though we had seen it on tv and had seen some pictures on the web, in reality it is such a breathtaking experience...

We had the whole place to ourselves, which was actually rather nice. Outside it was really cold (minus 25 degrees C) but even though it was tremendously cold, we did dare to go outside into the hot tub, which was great fun!

We had the very best dinner in Norway, and Johnny made us a superb menu! Also the buffetbreakfast was wonderful and up to 5 star standard!

On the whole, it was really special to sleep the three of us in sleeping bags on reindeer skins... an experience of a lifetime. It's a lot of money - we know - but absolutely worth it for 1 night!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Sande, Norway
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Reviewed June 25, 2009

It is a very special experience to sleep in an ice hotel. We also got the opportunity to enjpy the Aurora Borealis fom the jacuzzi (after arguing with the hotel owner, and we found that a little bit troublesome). Food was great, but not out of the extraordinary. This trip must be combined with a snow mobile ride in the mountains (the hotel provides everything here).

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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birmingham, england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2009

My partner and I stayed here for 1 night as part of a 3 night trip to Alta arranged with Scantours. It was my partners 40th birthday and we had hoped to see the northern lights, but the snow clouds set in and it wasn't to be. However, the whole experience couldn't have been better for us - we were the only guests staying in the igloo. Apart from a wedding reception in the evening, we had the place to ourselves - magical! We were upgraded to an ice suite, had the hot tub to ourselves, dinner when we wanted, personnal service at the bar and our own snowmobile guided tour - all perfect. The igloo inside is stunning, intricate ice carvings by Jonny the chef and a wonderful blue light everywhere. The sleeping bags provided kept us warm all night (remember a warm hat and socks). The reindeer skins were abit on the lumpy side but you can relax in the hot sauna in the morning! The hotel is in a stunning location by the frozen river, which you can walk along and the snowmobile trip through the forests and upto the plateau is breathtaking. The snowmobiles are easy to use and all the warm clothes are provided. The staff were also pleased to help and went out of their way to make the stay special.
Obviously we were very lucky to be the only guests and the atmosphere would be different with more people there, but the setting and the experience of sleeping in ice would still be the same and like nothing else you are likely to have done. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
Address: Sorrisniva 20, Alta 9518, Norway (Formerly Alta Friluftspark)
Location: Norway > Northern Norway > Finnmark > Alta Municipality > Alta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Alta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
UNIQUE OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE - THE IGLOO HOTEL. Feel the silence in the hotel made of snow and ice. See the sculptures and have an ice drink in the ice bar. Feel the contrast between staying in the cold, while the cozy sleeping bag keeps you nice and warm during the whole night! Experience the silence and serenity surrounding you. Every year the Igloo Hotel has a new unique theme from the Arctic part of the world. Woolen underwear is recommended for the night. While staying at the snow- and ice hotel you can experience the nature around, relax in a warm atmosphere in the living room and enjoy a dinner in our great (warm) restaurant. Sorrisniva restaurant serve á la carte menu based on local food and traditions. A table is reserved for you when staying the night. ... more   less 
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