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How are the ice hotels in Lapland Norway

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Today we tell you one of the most freezing experiences that any tourist with some money can have. Stay in one of theice hotels in Lapland Norway. One night between ice cubes at freezing temperatures. We simply have to take our fear of the cold, wrap ourselves in thick comforters, put on a hat and we will be ready to sleep in a refrigerator.


How are the ice hotels in Lapland Norway

How are the ice hotels in Lapland Norway

Northern Norway has a very limited offer of ice hotels. I do not know the current number, but I dare to say that there are no more than 5 hotels of this style (Alta, Kirkenes, ...). In our case we visit Sorrisniva, an ice hotel located 20 minutes from Alta.

These types of hotels usually open 4 months a year, usually since the middle of December to early April, depending on the weather. Keep in mind that it takes almost a month to adapt them, creating multiple structures as well as the internal decoration that takes time. Then at the end of the season, the excavators enter mercilessly and undo the ice hotel already wounded to death.


How are the ice hotels in Lapland Norway

The Alta ice hotel is located on the banks of the river that bears the same name and which is frozen almost 6 months a year. To get there we must travel for 20 minutes a road covered with snow and ice to the same doors of the establishment.


How are the ice hotels in Lapland Norway

The hotel reception is normal and current. Located in a quality wooden building, where there is a restaurant and several meeting rooms. Behind this building there is a door that will lead us to a gigantic igloo where the ice hotel sits.


ice hotels in Lapland Norway

Once crossed the door we will enter a world of ice where every detail is taken care of to the millimeter. Almost transparent ice columns, statues of precision-carved Viking warriors, as well as a bar with its typical ice glasses as well as a curious church.


How are the ice hotels in Lapland Norway

It's hard not to stand up and enjoy the beauty of these sculptures. You touch them and only notice a dry ice and where there are hardly any signs of wear. The temperature inside is very stable, around 5 degrees below zero, both day and night.


How are the ice hotels in Lapland Norway

The bar is very interesting, with its immaculate bar, its ice bottles and its liquors with fluorescent shades. An area where to sit, but as sitting on the ice is not comfortable or recommended, we can get stuck ..., there are some skins on the different banks. Skins that we will later find on the beds. Ice beds of course ...


How are the ice hotels in Lapland Norway

Another room no less curious is the chapel. Place where you can even celebrate weddings. We are not in Las Vegas, but a priori it sounds much more glamorous and exotic.


How are the ice hotels in Lapland Norway

But let's go to the important. How are the rooms? These are located to the left of the complex and placing the rooms on both sides of a corridor illuminated with orange light.


How are the ice hotels in Lapland Norway

The rooms are generally small, without doors or locks, with 2 or two beds and all without bathroom. It is not expected that one needs to leave the immense sleeping bag and go to do their needs in the middle of the night ... Even so the bathrooms are located in the wooden complex. Suitcases are usually left in a protected room and outside the large igloo.


How are the ice hotels in Lapland Norway

The beds have no mattress since it would freeze and not complete their function. Instead there are thick skins, thermal insulation and comforters, as well as good ones Sleeping bag that withstand temperatures below 30 degrees below zero. Sleeping with a hat is almost mandatory because the cold can quickly enter through the head.


How are the ice hotels in Lapland Norway

It is not enough to have a thermos of coffee or hot tea in case we wake up at midnight. In any case if we are very cold it is not very advisable, nor is it advisable to spend more than one night given its high price (400€ on average). It is an experience and that's it, but standard accommodation will always be much more comfortable.

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How to get?

A taxi from high It comes to cost about 500 to 700 NOK. It takes about 20 minutes.

When to go?

From mid-December to the month of March. In April it is possible to find the hotel closed.

What to wear

Everything you need to sleep in the ice hotel is provided by the hotel. However it is advisable to wear our own thermal underwear, a good hat and very thick socks.

How much?

The average price is around 400¢ With breakfast included.

Norway tours

If we do not have a rental car and time is short, it is best to take us on a comfortable tour.

Excursions in Norway

Where to sleep in Alta?

Logically the first option we put is the same ice hotel, although if we do not want to sleep in it, we can visit it to get an idea.

In Alta city there are several accommodation offers, almost all of them near the Cathedral.

  • Thon Alta: attached to the cathedral of the auroras and above the commercial center of the city.

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