Discovering Alta

Norway, with its breath-taking landscapes and picturesque fjords, is a country that never fails to captivate the hearts of travellers. Among the myriad of gems that adorn this Scandinavian treasure is Alta, a small town nestled in the northern reaches of Norway. Renowned for its natural wonders, rich cultural heritage, and the mesmerizing Northern Lights, Alta beckons adventurers seeking an unforgettable Arctic experience. While Tromsø may be the poster child for Northern Norway’s captivating landscapes and celestial wonders, its lesser-known sibling, Alta, quietly awaits discovery by intrepid travellers seeking a more boutique and off-the-beaten-track experience.

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Alta, Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel stands as a testament to human creativity and resilience in the face of nature’s challenges. As the world’s northernmost igloo hotel, it offers a truly unique experience. The hotel is crafted entirely from snow and ice, providing an otherworldly setting that transports guests into a winter wonderland. But that’s not all – also at Sorrisniva stands their premium Arctic Wilderness Lodge.

The Arctic Wilderness Lodge boasts 24 rooms and suites, all with panoramic windows to the landscape beyond. The glass facade theme is echoed throughout the whole property, with fantastic views also offered from the lounge, bar and restaurant. The blend of fine dining and unforgettable scenery makes every meal at the Arctic Wilderness Lodge a memorable occasion whether you’re witnessing the aurora, gentle snowfall or the glow of the midnight sun. With year-round activity options ranging from husky sledding in the winter to hiking, biking and boating in the summer, there is something to be enjoyed during every season at Sorrisniva.

The recent addition of brand new spa facilities (new for the 2024 season) elevates their offering even more. Treatments range from solo and couples massages to foot baths to private sauna and jacuzzi sessions.

And there’s more:

Sorrisniva and the Arctic Wilderness Lodge are not the only headliners of Alta when it comes to somewhere to spend the night (or 3!). Two other exceptional favourites of ours are Bjornfjell Mountain Lodge and Isbreen the Glacier, offering spectacular luxury cabin and igloo accommodation respectively. Both offer high quality levels of service, dining and activities, and of course are fantastic bases from which to witness the mesmerising northern lights.

A rich history:

Alta boasts a rich history dating back thousands of years. At the heart of Alta’s historical narrative lies the Alta Museum, a cultural gem that meticulously preserves and showcases the region’s rich heritage. Founded in 1973, the museum stands near the iconic Hjemmeluft Bay, providing a captivating journey through time. Its focal point is undoubtedly the UNESCO-listed rock carvings, a mesmerizing outdoor gallery that dates back over 6,000 years. The museum’s exhibitions delve into the lives of the indigenous Sámi people, their traditions, and the impact of changing landscapes. In addition to housing artifacts from Alta’s Viking past, the museum serves as an educational hub, elucidating the tales of resilience and adaptation that have defined Alta’s history. With its commitment to preserving cultural identity, the Alta Museum stands as a beacon, connecting the past with the present for generations to come.

Alta, with its understated beauty and wealth of Arctic wonders, stands as a hidden gem for those seeking an intimate encounter with Norway’s northern treasures. The blend of luxury at Sorrisniva’s Arctic Wilderness Lodge, the enchantment of Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, and the diverse accommodations across Alta make this region a boutique destination waiting to be explored. As travellers increasingly seek authenticity and tranquility, Alta emerges as a unique destination, offering an unforgettable Arctic experience beyond the well-trodden path of other more well-known destinations.

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