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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Skiathos is a beautiful little Greek island in the Aegean Sea, where you can find this idyllic beach named Lalaria Beach, which is only accessible by boat.
Here you will find crystal clear turquoise water and a beautiful, smooth, white pebble beach.
Unfortunately, visitors have been helping themselves to pebbles as souvenirs, which has created a huge change in the landscape over the last decade. So next time you travel, bring home some amazing photographs but leave nature the way it was when you got there. Incidentally, visitors who are caught with pebbles will be fined anywhere from $468 to $1,170 USD.
A very interesting fact about Skiathos is that when Persia invaded Greece for the first time in 492-490 BC the fleet of Xerxes, the king of Persia, was interrupted by a great storm on the coast of Skiathos. As a result, the Greek fleet was able to barricade the surrounding seas to prevent the Persians from gaining entry which led to the defeat of the Persians.
As an added fun fact, the award-winning movie, ‘Mama Mia’ was shot on this island, and rumors have it that the best souvlaki in Greece is sold on Skiathos.
Please contact me if I can help you with a trip to Skiathos, or another breathtaking destination in Greece. I can be reached at lene@PerfectlyPlannedJourneys.com or 703-927-0588.
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Mountains, a lake, and a castle plus an interesting history, Zell Am See has it all. This picturesque postcard destination located halfway between Salzburg and Innsbruck received its city status less than 100 years ago.
Founded by monks in the 8th century and named Cella in Bisoncia, it has an old Romanesque and Gothic parish church and a Renaissance castle, Schloss Rosenberg. Cella meant a monastery, referring to the village’s monastic peace and Binsonzio referred to its location in the Pinzgau region. It was only named Zell Am See in 1810. Zell Am See literally means “on Lake Zell”. Lake Zell is one of the top sights in Austria.
Zell Am See was just a market town, a locality of farmers. But that changed practically overnight in 1875 when the Salzburg-Tyrol railway opened.
Tourism grew quickly, which is no surprise. Here you can enjoy one of the cleanest lakes in the world. Feel free to take a sip or two. The water of Lake Zell is of drinking standards. The lake is formed from an underwater spring, making it one of the warmest lakes in Europe.
Lake Zell is surrounded by the majestic peaks of Schmittenhohe and Kitzsteinhorn providing a breathtaking view of the Alps. The old town has ancient buildings that have stood the test of time. Zell Am See really is an exquisite holiday location with all the features you could be looking for in an Austrian holiday destination. The town is considered a top summer and winter destination for tourists.
Please let me know if Zell Am See is a destination you would like to visit. I would love to help you out. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-927-0588.
Lene H. Minyard