Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Location: Arctic Norway & Svalbard | Norway

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is a stunning ice hotel on the banks of the Alta River, hewn from ice every winter before it melts away in the spring, making for a magical travel experience which is different year on year. Just when you thought your stay couldn’t get any more otherworldly, this is a fantastic place to spot the Northern Lights.
Perfect forCouples wanting to gain unforgettable experiences from a very untraditional trip and anyone at home in the cold. 
In the knowThe hotel is rebuilt each year with the changing of the seasons, and select sculptors carve out their own unique architecture - so you get to sleep in the finished product of an architectural and engineering masterpiece.

Recommended for...

  • Unusual
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Landscapes & Scenery
  • Wildlife & Nature

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel sits on the Alta riverfront, overlooking a sea of white across Sorrisniva - an ideal location to maximise your chances of viewing the Northern Lights.

Rooms at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Carved from pure ice, room temperatures range from -4 to -7, with beds swathed in reindeer-hide mattresses and extra warm sleeping bags to keep you cosy for a good night’s sleep. Upgrade to a suite for a little added luxury and your own atmospheric ice sculptures.

Food & drink

Dine on up to four courses of locally-sourced produce from the nearby valleys and rivers. Fresh and delicious flavours follow the seasons in the Matkalenderen way, meaning dishes depend on the availability of the ingredients. Fresh rolls and fluffy treats are churned out of the bakery and served to you in the setting of your choice, whether that be the restaurant, by the lake or the fire, or in a tepee. Head to the atmospheric ice bar, carved with frozen sculptures, for a drink on the rocks - literally!


Check out what’s probably the chilliest chapel you’ll ever visit. Alternatively, to thaw out after coming in from the cold, warm your feet in a toasty spot in front of the fireplace or visit the sauna. 

Activities at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Take a sled and a couple of reindeer or a few dogs to soak up nature’s beauty in the most natural and time-honoured way possible, or if you’re after a faster-paced excursion then there’s the option of a snowmobile safari. You can also choose to experience Mother Nature first hand by spending a night in the wilderness in a lavvu, a typical Sami tent. Of course, the Northern Lights are an unmissable experience and always worth the chase. 

Best time to go

Best time to travel

Good time to travel (but some limitations)

Travel is possible (but it’s not the best time)

Travel is not recommended

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Hotel location

Fly into Alta from Oslo and get a 20-minute, pre-booked transfer bus to take you direct to Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Alternatively there are taxis available to cover the 20km to the hotel.

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