Welcome to the world’s northernmost ice and snow hotel!

If you are looking for that something unusual, that something out of the ordinary, something you haven’t really even though of doing before right now, maybe a trip to Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is that thing you didn’t know you were missing.

Previously, I have written about ice hotels: in general, the different locations in the world, and the allure to stay in one. This is a more in-depth article about Sorrisniva for those who are interested, or trying to decide if they want to venture here or to Norway’s other ice hotel in Kirkenes.

Location, Location, Location

The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is situation in Alta, far up in Lapland, about 12 miles from the city center. This is as far north as you can get in continental Europe. The Guardian ranked Sorrisniva the best location of an ice hotel in the world. It is ideally situated to a multitude of activities. You can go on snowmobile safaris, dog sledding through the arctic, or step outside and try and catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Outside the immediate hotel, Alta, is a great city to explore, filled with UNESCO listed sights and the biggest shopping mall in Northern Norway for all your arctic souvenirs. Transport to and from the town is included in the booking price for those who are staying overnight.


With it’s perfect situation on the North Cape or Nordkapp, the hotel enjoys an almost unlimited about of snow and ice to design this masterpiece each year. There are about 30 bedrooms made out of ice along with: an ice galley, ice bar, and ice chapel to check out. The property additionally includes a restaurant specializing in Norwegian cusine, a sauna, and hot tubs, for those looking to get a bit warmer. Luggage rooms, toilets, showers, and other services are located in a warmer building to ensure guest comfort.

How to get there

The easiest way to get to the hotel is from the city Alta. There are multiple flights daily from Oslo. Included in the price of booking an overnight stay is the transport to and from the city center. Making it extremely convenient for you to be able to explore the best of Alta and partake in this novel experience.


Taken off their website, the rates follow for the 2015 season.

Overnight stay, morning sauna, breakfast buffet, bus transfer to/from Alta town centre

  • ** Single supplement
  • NOK 2250 pr person
  • NOK 1150 barn under 12 years
  • ** NOK 300 pr person
  • Suite NOK 2500 pr person

When to go

Check the hotel website directly for available dates as they differ slightly from year to year.
Typically the ice hotel opens from early January – April.

If you are in the area and want to check out the hotel but not spend the night, that is no problem. You are welcomed to come visit the ice gallery and hotel during their opening hours and for a small fee. Last I checked it was 150 NOK for adults, and 75 NOK for children.

Mountains, pine trees, rivers, and a hotel made of ice. Can you get any more in tune with nature?

(Opening photo: Jechstra, Flickr.com)

Come check it out or tell us about your experience if you’ve been!