Cosiness & awe

Stengelsen Lodge and Ice Hotel Holiday in Alta

Each winter the Igloo Hotel appears in the Arctic landscape 20km from the North Norwegian town of Alta. Everything is made from snow and ice - right down to the glasses in the bar. Artists finish off the magical atmosphere with their creations of ice sculptures throughout the hotel. On clear winter nights the Northern Lights can be seen dancing in the night skies. On this trip, combine a cool stay in the magical Igloo Hotel, with two nights in a picturesque riverside fishing lodge, an exhilarating dog full day sled and the chance to see the Aurora Borealis in the night sky, with its hues of green, pink and purple. This is an experience to cherish, perfect for honeymooners, couples or families and those with a love of nature, the outdoors and adventure.

Magnetic North Travel offers unique tailor-made holidays to Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel and Stengelsen Lodge that are based on your choice of activities, location and budget. We offer short breaks from three days in length and longer trips in multiple locations. 




DAY 1:

On arrival in Alta you will be met and transferred to Stengelsen Lodge located along the Alta River 20 minutes’ drive from the city. The lodge is a cosy Nordic styled retreat set on the edge of woodland next to the Alta River, a truly serene spot in the wilderness. This evening after a delicious dinner why not take our optional ‘Northern Lights Hunt’ with an enthusiastic and experienced local guide.

Dinner and overnight at Stengelsen Lodge.

Staying at: Stengelsen Lodge

DAY 2:

Wake up, enjoy breakfast and nature all around. Get ready for your first Arctic adventure – a full day dog sledding trip with your own pack of friendly, bouncy and, in our opinion, beautiful huskies. On this tour you are actively involved during the entire trip, from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. Having changed into warm winter clothes and listened to instructions about how to drive a dog sled, you will be shown how to harness your dogs. You will be given a list of the names of the dogs in your dog team, and then it’s time to get started.

When the team is ready, you’ll pull up the sled anchor and head out into the forest. It’s time to enjoy the dogs, weather and Arctic nature. You will drive in the forest, on the river and may be up in the mountains. A stop is made to enjoy a hot lunch around an open fire. There will be plenty of time to ask all the questions on your mind and your hosts also have a few stories to share with you. Safely back at the kennel, we remove the harnesses from the dogs and return them to their respective kennels. This is the perfect tour for those who enjoy being outdoors and are keen to try being a genuine musher for a day under a professional musher guide!

After the tour return to your lodge and enjoy a meal of locally sourced dishes created by renowned chef Johnny Trasti. Perhaps the lights will appear while you enjoy a warm drink on the veranda.

Dinner and overnight at Stengelsen Lodge.

DAY 3:

Today you will be driven the short ten minute journey to the Igloo Hotel, where you will be extended a warm welcome to their ice hotel. Take an optional morning or evening snowmobile tour or just relax and enjoy the serene snowy surroundings. Take a scenic walk along the banks of the Alta River or try your hand and snowshoeing or kick sledding.

After a delicious dinner of local seasonal food cooked by the hotels award winning chef, head outside and look skywards for a glimpse of the dancing lights, even better if spotted while relaxing in the hotels outdoor hot tub!

Staying at: Sorrisniva

DAY 4:

After a good night’s sleep enjoy a morning sauna and breakfast. Then it will be time to transfer back to Alta city or to the airport. To extend this itinerary or combine it with a stay in Tromso, a 35 minute flight away, the North Cape or an overnight trip on the Hurtigruten Coastal Express, please contact us.

Optional excursions and extensions include snow mobiling, Northern Lights hunt by road, snow shoeing and an overnight stay in an Arctic 'glamping' lavvo tent. It is also possible to enjoy this trip without a stay at the Igloo Hotel if this is preferred. Get in touch with the team and we'll be happy to help.


From £1095 per person (excluding flights)

This roughly converts to: 1,259 EUR | 1,434 USD

Remember that each trip we craft is unique, and you'll receive a personalised trip proposal based on your travel dates and preferences, and in the currency of your choice (GBP, USD, or EUR).


Additional Info

This trip has flexible daily departures

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.

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Traveller's Top Tips

Laura from Magnetic North Travel

Why not rent out the hot tub at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel and have the chance to witness the Northern Lights while you soak!

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