The front door of Norway's Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta would be indistinguishable from the rest of its snowy surroundings were it not covered in reindeer fur. Step through the door and you enter a long corridor leading to a bar, chapel, gallery and 30 bedrooms; all are carved from ice.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel opens its door in January each year and melts away again in the spring.
The beds are made of reindeer fur and warm sleeping bags to keep guests comfortable in the hotel’s constant inside temperatures between -4 and -7 degrees Celsius.
No icy toilet seats here. A large wooden building next to the hotel houses the bathrooms. They are warm and link through to the sauna. Take a stint there, before running outside across icy decking and into the bubbling hot tub.
The Lakesestua Restaurant, constructed from wood in the shape of a tepee, stands next to the igloo and serves breakfasts of porridge, eggs, cheese and ham and dinners of reindeer stew and fish dishes. The hotel bar serves one drink only, bright blue vodka served in ice glasses.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is situated in beautiful nature by the banks of the Alta River, approximately 15 kilometres from Alta in Finnmark.
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All interior and exterior is made of snow and ice in this luxurious hotel, even the glasses in the bar.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta
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