The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel outside Alta is a cosier affair than its Swedish cousin the Ice Hotel, with only 30 rooms compared to 80, but just as amazing.

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The hotel opens every January and stays open as long as the temperatures stay low enough - normally until early April.

The bedrooms are igloos with beds covered in reindeer fur, and guests are kitted out with arctic sleeping bags that mean you will feel snug even in the temperatures of between -4 and -7 degrees Celsius that are required to keep the ice frozen.

Also in the main building are a bar, chapel (there are several weddings a year here) and a gallery displaying ice sculptures.

You will probably be relieved to hear that not everything is made of ice - especially the loos, which are housed in a large wooden building adjacent to the hotel, and also home to the obligatory sauna and hot tub.

The Laksestua Restaurant, constructed in the shape of a lavvo or Sami tepee, serves hearty breakfasts and dinners of local specialities including reindeer stew and salmon. In true Henry T Ford fashion, you can have any drink you want at the hotel bar, as long as it's bright blue vodka served in ice glasses.

Activities on offer include dog-sledding and snowmobiling safaris, and for groups of 10 or more, staying overnight in a traditional Sami lavvo tent.

Why we love it

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As this is something of a Northern Lights hotspot, why not see if you can spot them while soaking one evening in the hot tub.

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