At first glance, the picture to the left looks to be of a real man. This is not the case. This is one of the many amazing ice sculptures at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. This particular sculpture is of Tor Kjetil Wisløff, the General Manager at Sorrisniva. It was created by Sorrisniva's very talented Creative Director Maya Christine Opgård, who is pictured above at the ice bar.
Sorrisniva voted one of eight "Coolest Hotels in the World" is located in Alta. Sorrisniva is the Igloo Hotel located the furthest north in the world and is built from scratch by local artists every year, with a different theme each year.
In case you did not know, Alta is referred to as "the town of the Northern Lights".
A few years ago I had the privilege of staying in Sorrisniva's Igloo Hotel. Let me tell you, although I am from Norway, this was one of the most exotic and memorable travel experiences of my life.
I am not going to lie, I was a bit nervous before I got there. The thought of sleeping in an igloo was actually not that appealing to me. I like to be warm, and I was pretty sure igloos would NOT be warm. I pictured myself shivering all night without any lights, no electronics ..... just the cold!
Would you believe me when I tell you I have never slept so well in my life? and I would go back to Sorrisniva in a second.
It was actually quite nice to go to bed, and not have any of the distractions I usually have. It was so quiet and peaceful, the air was crisp and clean and to my big relief, the arctic sleeping bags ensured that I was snuggly and warm all night long. In the morning there were nice hot showers and saunas.
There are a lot of fun activities at Sorrisniva, and it is a perfect place for a special occasion. You can even have your wedding inside the igloo hotel.
Let me not forget the food....... who could forget the food! Sorrisniva is well known for its culinary expertise focused on all locally sourced products.
While staying at Sorrisniva you can also learn a little about the Sami people and their culture, and be able to visit some of their reindeer. The Sámi people (also Saami) are indigenous people of the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.
So why not plan something totally different for next winter? If you are interested in Sorrisniva please contact me. My contact information is Lene@PerfectlyPlannedJourneys.com / 703-927-0588.
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Lene H. Minyard