A hotel made of ice
For those who want to spend a winter holiday of a different kind, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Norway may be a good option because spending a night at the ice hotel about 10 miles away from Alta will certainly turn out to be an unforgettable experience.
You should, however, not be too sensitive to cold temperatures since living in a hotel whose 30 rooms are completely made of frozen water requires a certain degree of adaptability. In order to prevent the building from melting, the temperatures are around 25-44 °F (-4 to -7 °C). At night, the guests lie down on reindeer coats and nestle in high-quality sleeping bags.
Some heated bathrooms with a sauna, which can be found in a separate building next to the ice hotel, offer the only possibility to warm up. And why not step into the snowy winter landscape, where a hot tub awaits you, instead of taking hot and cold showers after the sauna session?
In the restaurant, which is accommodated in a wooden tipi tent, various fish dishes and – as a special recommendation – reindeer stew are served. At the bar in the main building you get only one drink: shiny-blue vodka, served in a glass made of ice. Moreover, if you think about marrying at the ice hotel, there is also a little ice chapel set up for this purpose.
The ice hotel is open from January to April; after that, it melts away in the spring sunshine in order to be built up again in the following winter.