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“FASCINATING ICE AND SNOW HOTEL”
Review of Sorrisniva

Sorrisniva
Ranked #2 of 22 Restaurants in Alta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$125
Cuisines: Norwegian
Description: The restaurant Laksestua (salmon hut) has always been well known for its special architecture, assembling the shape of a Sami lavvo and its pleasant atmosphere. Sorrisniva is in the middle of nature’s larder: the river, the fjord and the plateau offer excellent raw materials for the Chef to turn into delicious dishes. The kitchen follows the food calendar, ensuring the guest have meals appropriate to the season they are in at all time. The restaurant has become one of Finnmark`s best, and our chef Johnny Trasti was rewarded «best chef of the year 2009» in Norway. The restaurant is open for larger groups throghout the year and for a la carte from January to April.
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Description: The restaurant Laksestua (salmon hut) has always been well known for its special architecture, assembling the shape of a Sami lavvo and its pleasant atmosphere. Sorrisniva is in the middle of nature’s larder: the river, the fjord and the plateau offer excellent raw materials for the Chef to turn into delicious dishes. The kitchen follows the food calendar, ensuring the guest have meals appropriate to the season they are in at all time. The restaurant has become one of Finnmark`s best, and our chef Johnny Trasti was rewarded «best chef of the year 2009» in Norway. The restaurant is open for larger groups throghout the year and for a la carte from January to April.
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Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“FASCINATING ICE AND SNOW HOTEL”
Reviewed 13 March 2014

The Igloo Hotel at Sorrisniva is one of the most fascinating days out you can imagine. Built entirely of ice and snow, the hotel has to be re-built each year because it melts around April-May. We visited it in 2014 its 15th year. In the small entrance vestibule one is greeted by two polar bear carvings and an ice chandelier. Inside, the reception area is as large as any modern hotel, and during our visit statues of Viking Kings carved from ice stood like sentries next to the columns of ice holding up the roof. The reception desk is made entirely of ice and a welcome drink of vodka and Blue Curacao is served in small glasses - made from ice. The rooms are comfortable and guests sleep on reindeer furs and in sleeping bags. The average temperature is minus four to minus seen degrees. There is an attractive chapel, a bridal suite (in that order!) and ice chairs in front of fake fires. There is also a small shop. Meals are served in a large circular wooden building (in which the temperature is an average 22 degrees centigrade). Walking, skiing, and snowmobiling are all on the agenda so there is very little likelihood of becoming bored. Absolutely well worth the visit.

Visited March 2014
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Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Utterly Awesome”
Reviewed 28 February 2014

Sorrisniva sits just about 20 minutes from Alta on the Alta river, it's friendly, peaceful, good food, I can't say enough without spoiling the experience for anyone who goes there.

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
210 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed 28 February 2014 via mobile

We were staying in the ice hotel next door and a two course dinner was included in the price of our dinner.

The ladies are very attentive - we ordered our dinner and ate right on 6pm when the restaurant opened. You can order drinks before then a beer costs about £9. The meal would cost around £55-60 without drinks.

The meal consisting of three little starters, yummy bread basket and home made butters. The mains were cooked well; we had elk & haddock. One of us thought the elk was too rare. The desert we had the cranberries three ways & chocolate moose & the pan cakes.

The plates are not large-American sized portions so eat more bread if you are expecting this!

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Stavanger, Norway
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“By far best meal in Norway”
Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

What an amazing meal we've had there! If you are looking for exceptionally good food, look no further. Drive to Sorrisniva :)

Visited February 2014
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New Delhi,India
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Nice to visit but impossible to sleep over”
Reviewed 11 February 2014

Friendly helpful staff . Interesting design. Movie like corridors - dramatic. The facilities are outside in practical wooden cabins . But the furs notwithstanding, it would be more of an ordeal, an endurance test to spend the night even in the Bridal suite

Visited February 2014
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