Deep within the Arctic Circle in the Nordic wilderness is the world’s most northerly ice hotel. The Igloo is a white shimmering sculpture that must be seen to be believed.
Exquisitely sculpted each year by Norwegian craftspeople this super-cool pad lies in the snow drifts of the Alta Valley and for obvious reasons is only open during the winter months from December to April. All year round, you can stay at Sorrisniva’s sister property the Wilderness Lodge.
For those seeking a winter wedding, there is an Ice Chapel and a choice of designed-themed suites which change every year. A romantic husky ride and blue ice drink in the bar will make any stay at the Igloo Hotel a memorable experience.
A fun igloo family room can sleep up to three adults and three children. A local ice sculptor is personally responsible for each ethereal room which is all decorated every year by hand. Leather sleeping pads and ultra-warm bags are provided in each room to ensure a toasty night’s sleep.
For those who stay at the nearby Wilderness Lodge, on the banks of the Alta River, there is a chance to visit the ice hotel (in season), go on a snowmobile safari and catch a glimpse of the northern lights dancing on the horizon.
The lodge has a cosy central area that combines a lounge, fine dining, and bar with glass windows to enjoy the stunning views. Maku Restaurant offers local dishes from reindeer, moose, seafood, and local berries while The Lavvu serves breakfast and lunch within a traditional Sami tent-designed room.