Each year in the Norwegian Arctic, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is built entirely from scratch. Teams of ice artists are flown in to carve everything from the beds to the cocktail glasses out of the region’s most plentiful resource – ice. The effect is nothing short of magical, with towering sculptures and wall reliefs set aglow by designer lighting. What's more, the hotel is also home to new warm accommodation in the form of the spectacular Arctic Wilderness Lodge. It's here you'll spend your first two days in a river view room with your own private balcony that looks over the Arctic tundra, taking advantage of three included adventures, from meeting reindeer to heading out on snowmobile safaris and Northern Lights hunts. Alongside it all, you'll enjoy all-inclusive, gourmet three-course meals, with ingredients plucked straight from outside's wilderness. It's the perfect prelude to your night on ice and the ethereal carvings of your private ice room, where you'll spend the night snuggled under reindeer fur.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel & Arctic Wilderness Lodge
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 » UK to Arctic Wilderness Lodge
Fly into Alta via Oslo, the gateway to Norway’s northern tip, where you’ll take your included transfer to the Arctic Wilderness Lodge and Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Check in to your river view room, featuring your own private balcony, sky-view window and ultra-stylish modern bathroom, before the first of your three-course gourmet dinners this evening, all included for the duration of your stay. Choose from two stylish restaurants, each showcasing a range of dishes inspired by the region – think reindeer, local seafood and berries foraged in the local wilderness, accompanied by an excellent wine list.
Day 2 » Arctic Wilderness Lodge
After a buffet breakfast, head out on the first of your included excursions to meet reindeer and the local Sami people, where Sami guides will guide you through events that highlight their past and present culture before driving your own reindeer sled and warming up by the fire in a traditional Sami tent. This afternoon you've got the chance to explore the igloo hotel – or perhaps make use of the snowshoes and kick-sleds, before indulging in another three-course, gourmet dinner. Later, wrap up and head out on a thrilling hunt for those illustrious Northern Lights with an expert guide.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 » Sorrisniva
After breakfast, head out into the surrounding wilderness on an exciting snowmobile safari with the chance to spot Arctic foxes and lynx as you speed across the Arctic tundra. Return to the lodge for lunch and a tour of Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel where you'll spend tonight. In the afternoon you might wish to take part in one of the highly recommended dog sledding excursions before you settle in for your final dinner. Then, it's time for a trip highlight as you retire to your snow room, where temperatures reside between a frosty -4°C and -7°C. You’ll spend the night in a thermal sleeping bag, cosy under reindeer fur.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 » Departure
After your night’s stay, warm up like a local in the hotel’s traditional Norwegian sauna, preheated each morning. Then, after breakfast, make your way to Alta’s airport to meet your flight back home.
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