Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge Winter
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Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge River Room Winter
Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge River Room Bathroom
Husky dogsledding
Sami Reindeer Experience
Arctic Light Snowmobile Sorrisniva
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel Room

Winter Arctic Adventure

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Independent Holiday
4 Days from Alta
Departs Daily - Winter 2024/2025
20 December 2024 - 27 March 2025

Discover the enchanting beauty of the Arctic with a 3-night stay at Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge, nestled along the pristine Alta River. Embark on thrilling adventures like Husky sledding and a snowmobile ride through the breathtaking arctic landscape. Immerse yourself in the rich Sami culture with a reindeer encounter under the northern lights and take a guided tour of the enchanting Igloo Hotel. This unforgettable journey promises a perfect blend of exhilaration and tranquility in the heart of Norway's winter wonderland.


  • 3N stay at the premium Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Resort
  • Exhilarating Husky Sledding along the Alta River
  • Sami culture and reindeer experience under the Northern Lights
  • Arctic Light snowmobile experience
  • Guided tour of the Igloo Hotel

Day 1: Alta 

Welcome to Alta. On arrival at Alta Airport, you will be transferred to the Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Resort where accommodation is reserved for the following three nights.

The premium 24 room Arctic Wilderness Lodge has been designed along the bank of the internationally renowned Alta River in Norway’s high Arctic to offer guests premium accommodation combined with a large lounge, restaurant, and bar area. The central area has high glass facades offering magnificent views over the river and surrounding wilderness. The lodge development has created a unique experience for discerning guests wishing to experience the traditional Sorrisniva seasonal offerings including the Ice Hotel, Northern Lights, Midnight Sun, snowmobile safaris and riverboat excursions, whilst staying in a premium quality lodge enjoying the world famous Sorrisniva cuisine and hospitality.

Optional (own cost - prebooking recommended): This evening you may like to dine in the hotel's Maku Restaurant for a culinary experience overlooking the Alta River and surrounding wilderness.
Sorrisniva is renowned for its culinary experience which is based upon locally sourced produce. Their chefs create unique dishes using the best ingredients from Arctic Norway including reindeer and moose from the tundra, seafood from the Alta River and Norwegian sea, vegetables from local farms and berries picked in the local wilderness. Complement your food experience with a special wine from our extensive cellar.
View the menu here:  Maku_a la carte Menu

Overnight in a River Room at the Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Resort

Day 2: Alta (B)

Start your day with an exhilarating husky sledding adventure along the Alta River. This thrilling experience takes you sledding through the serene pine forest. With two people per sled, one will take the reins as the musher while the other enjoys the ride, with opportunities to switch roles along the way. After returning to the kennel, you'll have the chance to interact with the huskies and enjoy storytelling around a bonfire in a traditional tipi.

In the evening, embark on a Sami and Reindeer Experience, set against the backdrop of the Arctic winter night. Meet a Sami guide and his reindeers and set off in a reindeer sled to seek out the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Throughout the journey, your guide will share captivating stories about Sami culture and the legends surrounding the Northern Lights. This peaceful and enchanting adventure offers a unique glimpse into the natural and cultural wonders of the Arctic.

Overnight in a River Room at the Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Resort

Day 3: Alta (B) 

This morning you will be taken on an Arctic Light Snowmobile Experience. Experience the Arctic light and nature while driving your own snowmobile from Sorrisniva through the Alta Valley and up to the Finnmark Plateau. The sun and the Arctic light vary during the winter season. Around noon the Arctic light is brightest and can often create wonderful light and colours on the horizon. These special light conditions are even better seen from the Finnmark Plateau with its wide, snow-covered expanse. Your experienced guide will provide you with your thermal suit, boots, gloves and helmet, as well as instruct you on how to drive the snowmobile properly so that you can go wild in safe hands.  
NB: All drivers must be a minimum of 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license, and are required to sign a liability waiver before the start of the tour.

This afternoon discover the Igloo Hotel on a guided tour. The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel was the second of its kind and is the World's Northernmost Igloo Hotel. Each year their experienced artists and builders come together to build a new and unique hotel with a special theme. The Igloo Hotel has an area of 2,500 m2 and it takes 250 tonnes of ice and 7,000 m3 of snow to build it. The ice is harvested from Sierravann, which is only a few kilometers further into the Alta Valley from Sorrisniva, and the snow is produced using the water from the famous Alta River located only meters away from the hotel.

Overnight in a River Room at the Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Resort

Day 4: Alta (B) 

This morning you will be transferred to Alta Airport for your onward flight.


  • Arrival and departure transfers (seat-in-coach) from/to Alta Airport
  • 3 nights accommodation at Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge in a River Room
  • Breakfast daily
  • Sightseeing (shared tours) as per itinerary:
    • 3hr Husky Sledding Along the Alta River
    • 2.5hr Sami and Reindeer Experience Under the Northern Lights (Thermal suit, boots, wool socks, gloves, storytelling, warm drink and snack included)
    • 2.5hr Arctic Light Snowmobile Experience (Thermal suit, helmet, gloves and boots provided).
    • 30min Guided Tour of the Igloo Hotel
  • 24/7 support in Norway
  • Norway Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel


  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above

Sorrisniva (Alta)

Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge - River Room

The Northern Lights
Chasing the Northern Lights, also referred to as the Aurora Borealis, during winter presents an unforgettable journey. These regions are renowned for their pristine skies and minimal light interference, providing ideal settings for witnessing this natural wonder. Bundling up warmly and exercising patience are essential for fully enjoying this awe-inspiring chase.

However, it is important to acknowledge that the aurora's appearance can be unpredictable, appearing only when conditions are right (it needs to be cold and dark with clear skies). Thus, maintaining patience is crucial when seeking the Northern Lights and understanding that this phenomenon is unpredictable and sighting the Northern Lights cannot be guaranteed.

Winter Sightseeing Activities
Please note sightseeing tours are weather dependent and may be cancelled if the weather conditions are not ideal, guests' safety cannot be guaranteed or in case of unforeseen events.

Winter Weather Conditions
In winter, Northern Norway and Finnish Lapland experience harsh conditions with temperatures often dropping well below freezing. Snowfall is common, blanketing the region in a thick layer of snow. Strong winds can further intensify the cold, making it feel even chillier. Daylight hours are significantly reduced, with the polar night phenomenon occurring in some areas, where the sun doesn't rise above the horizon for an extended period.

Dressing for Winter Tours
Dressing for winter requires layers to combat the extreme cold. Start with a thermal base layer, followed by insulating layers such as fleece or wool, and finish with a waterproof and windproof outer layer. Accessories like hats, gloves, scarves and insulated boots are essential to keep extremities warm in subzero temperatures and snowy conditions.

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. All featured tour itineraries and offers may be subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are available in some destinations for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.

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