About Sorrisniva

Sorrisniva is a year-round adventure and food business located on the banks of the Alta River, only 20 minutes from the center of Alta. The company is run by two brothers, Hans Ulrik and Tor Kjetil Wisløff. They were born on the shores of the Alta River, surrounded by dense fir forest. The name and the brand Sorrisniva derives from the Finnish immigration and means cascading stream. The name is derived from the well-known fishing spot right outside the company and was established by their father in 1989.

Sorrisniva is a year-round adventure and food business located on the banks of the Alta River, only 20 minutes from the center of Alta.

The company is run by two brothers, Hans Ulrik and Tor Kjetil Wisløff. They were born on the shores of the Alta River, surrounded by dense fir forest.

The name and the brand Sorrisniva derives from the Finnish immigration and means cascading stream.

The name is derived from the well-known fishing spot right outside the company and was established by their father in 1989.

Our History

Christian B. Wisløff came to Alta around 1885 and settled in Sorrisniva . The next generations Wisløff subsisted on agriculture, slate and salmon in the Alta River. In 1970 Ulrik Wisløff (third generation) started up Alta Riverboat Service, and organized boat trips with forays along the river. Ulrik Wisløff`s three children; Tor Kjetil, Randi and Hans-Ulrik Wisløff formed Alta Recreation Park (AFP) AS in 1989. AFP was mainland Norway’s first business that sold organized snowmobile safaris. 

In 1992, the restaurant Laksestua was built and service building next door. In 2000 Alta Recreation Park built the Alta Igloo Hotel, the only snow and ice hotel for the first time. The unique structure is set up every winter when the snow comes and then melt down in the spring. As per date AFP has 60 snowmobiles and can dress up 450 people in warm winter clothes (snowmobile suits, boots, socks, hat and gloves). 250 guests can be accommodated in our Nordic tipis in comfortable sleeping bags.

Alta Recreation and Park made a major expansion which was completed in November 2004. The new service facility is built firmly in the restaurant Laksestua. Alta Recreation Park has a restaurant, a new modern kitchen, changing rooms/toilets, shower/sauna, meeting facilities, concierge m/souvenir shop under the same roof. We also have an outdoor bathing area with 2 hot tubs. In 2009 celebrated Igloo Hotel 10th anniversary, and while the company was renamed and the new profile. Alta Recreation Park was now sorrisniva Ltd (AS).

The next Igloo Hotel will open the 15th December 2017.

What we have to offer

Accommodation in Europe’s largest and the world’s northernmost ice hotel, dinner in the restaurant for groups and à la carte throughout the year. We have activities such as snowmobile safaris on the Finnmark plateau, accommodation in sami tent (Lavvo camp) and lodges, ice fishing, Northern Lights tours, Reindeer sleigh and Sami adventures. We customize adventures for groups.

Accommodation in Europe’s largest and the world’s northernmost ice hotel, dinner in the restaurant for groups and à la carte throughout the year.

We have activities such as snowmobile safaris on the Finnmark plateau, accommodation in sami tent (Lavvo camp) and lodges, ice fishing, Northern Lights tours, Reindeer sleigh and Sami adventures.

We customize adventures for groups.

Awards

DIPLOMA FOR GOOD NORWEGIAN NAME WIT 2010

Awarded by the Norwegian Language Council

TRAVEL AWARD 2009

Awarded by Innovation Norway

CHEF OF THE YEAR 2009

Awarded Sorrisniva chef Johnny Trasti of Norway’s National Association

DESIGN EXCELLENCE 2009

Awarded by the Norwegian Language Council

“A TASTE OF FINNMARK”

Award for the best experience concept based on local raw
materials in 2009, awarded by Innovation Norway

HONORABLE MENTION BYGGESKIKK AWARD 2008

Awarded by Alta Municipality

INDUSTRY FUND 1ST PRIZE 2005

Sparebank 1 Nord Norway

THIS YEAR THE TOURISM BUSINESS IN FINNMARK IN 2003

Awarded by the Norwegian Language Council

GULLAK YEAR 2003

Awarded by Alta Municipality

ALTA PRIZE 2000

Alta Business Association

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Sorrisniva 20, 9518 Alta
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08.30 - 16.00 GMT+1
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