Ice Hotels in Norway

Ice hotels have really made a name for themselves over the past few years thanks to networks such as the Travel Channel, but most people are unfamiliar with all except Jukkasjärvi, Sweden’s famed ice hotel, which also claims to be the first one in the world.  But Sweden is not the only place that is home to some spectacular ice hotels…

So what exactly is an ice hotel?  

It is a hotel that is made up of snow and ice and exists only temporarily throughout the winter.  The construction of ice hotels typically begins when temperatures are right (or subzero) and it is taken down when temperatures are wrong (aka…the hotel melts!)  Three ice hotels happen to be right here in lovely ‘ol Norway.

Kirkenes Snow Hotel

The Kirkenes Snow Hotel is located in the tip-top northern part of Norway, very close to the Russian border.  This hotel opened first in the 2006/2007 season and has been going strong throughout the winter months ever since.  There are 20 individually decorated rooms at the hotel, as well as Gabba Restaurant, a restaurant located next door to the hotel that specializes in region specific dishes, particularly with salmon, cod, and arctic charr.  Also located in close proximity is Gabba Reindeer park, a reserve with friendly, domesticated reindeer and Sami guides who you can sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee with.  The hotel opens officially on December 20 and closes on April 20.


To find out more about the Kirkenes Snow Hotel, you can check out their website or contact them:

Radius Kirkenes AS
PO BOX 200
N-9915 Kirkenes

Tlf:  (+47) 78 97 05 40
[email protected]

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel celebrated its first year in 2000 and has been opened yearly since.  It is Europe’s northernmost ice hotel and is situated around 20km from Alta, Norway.  What makes this ice hotel so unique from the others is that it recreates its theme each year it is built.  It has boasted such themes as Vikings, Norwegian fairytales, and regional food.  Thirty rooms can be found at Sorrisniva, as well as an ice bar, ice gallery, and ice chapel.  And you know what an ice chapel means….ice weddingsssss!


To find out more about the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, you can check out their website or contact them:

Sorrisniva AS
Sorrisniva 20
9518 Alta

Tlf  (+47) 78 43 33 78
[email protected]

Bjorli Ice Lodge
The Bjorli Ice Lodge is the most southern of Norway’s three ice hotels and is located near world-famous Geirangerfjorden.  Like the Snowhotel in Kirkenes, each room is decorated differently and has anywhere from 2-5 beds.  This hotel has a chapel which can be used for weddings, but also houses concerts throughout the season.  The best way to get to Bjorli is by flying into Molde, but it may just be worth the 4.5 hour trip by car if you choose to fly into Oslo.  

To find out more about the Bjorli Ice Lodge, you can check out Venture Norway’s website or contact them:

Bjorli Snowhotel
NO-2669 Bjorli
Tlf:  (+47) 61 24 44 00
[email protected]

I have not had the opportunity to visit an ice hotel just yet, but it is definitely something I want to do while residing in Norway.  If you’re interested in visiting one but can’t quite make it to Norway or Sweden, there are some in Finland, one in Canada, and even one in Romania that I am sure are worth the experience.  

Have you ever visited an ice hotel?  Would you like to visit one in the future??

Comments (49)

I always wanted to know more about these…love this! Thank you for this post! I’m still intrigued, and this is still something I’d love to try as well! :)

you’re very welcome! im dying to check one out in person!

Never been to see one myself, but really wants to, they look lush!

i think it looks like so much fun! maybe we can meet there sometime haha! and freeze our asses off together!

Staying at one of these cannot be comfortable haha! I can’t stand to be out in the cold, I surely can’t imagine sleeping in a freezer!

hahaha! i doubt they are comfortable either…but id totally give anything for the experience for just one night (not sure i could survive two!)

Get out of town. These are amazing!! It’s hard to imagine staying in an ice room! And ice weddings?? Sign me up! Haha :) The ice hotels are definitely an amazing concept!!

i think it is incredible that people spend the time and energy to even construct these things! and only for the hard work to melt LOL!

Oooh, I have never heard of anything like this! How cool! If you ever get over to one, I would love to hear all about it.
I can’t imagine how cold it must be (hypothermia, anyone?), but I guess as long as you had a cuddle-buddy (I can’t believe I just used that word), it can’t be that bad, right?

hahhahahaha! cuddle buddy. im laughing because that is one of the 15 nicknames i have for my dog. my boyfriend hatesss it!!!!!

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