Alta is known as the “City of Northern Lights” as it boasts an impressively high number of calm, clear winter nights and is therefore a good spot to view the Northern Lights whilst on a holiday to Norway.
Visitors can marvel at the futuristic architecture of the Northern Lights Cathedral or learn about traditional Sami culture at the Alta Museum.
Alta is an ideal base for experiencing authentic arctic experiences, with plenty of snowmobile safaris and dog sledding expeditions available, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its large concentration of prehistoric rock art.
Alta is the start and end point of the Finnmarksløpet, the worlds northernmost and Europe's longest dog sled race. As such, husky sledding is taken very seriously here and most of the husky kennels open for tourists double as professional racing kennels too, so you're garmented an fantastic experience! Dog sledding is an exhilarating and beautiful way to explore Alta's stunning landscapes..
Chase the Northern Lights
Alta hasn't been dubbed the City of the Northern Lights for nothing. Witnessing the northern lights burst forth across the sky is nothing short of magical and, in Alta, you can experience this as part of a small group, without hoards of other tourists that flock to some of the other, more prominent northern lights destinations in Europe.
Alta offers plenty of different opportunities to try your hand at driving a snowmobile. There's nothing quite like the feeling fo speeding off across the frozen lake or through the forests on the back of a snowmobile. This is an exciting and memorable way to explore the Arctic.
Sleep in an Igloo
Alta is home to Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, the world's most northerly ice hotel. Sorrisniva constructed its very first Igloo hotel back in 1999 making it the second oldest ice hotel in the world. Here, guests can spend an enchanting night amid the fairytale like structure that is created anew each year by local artists.