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At the inner reaches of the Altafjord, in Norway’s northernmost county, the town of Alta and its environs is a destination with wide appeal. Here, the Arctic wilds stand in stark contrast to citylife.

At the inner reaches of the Altafjord, in Norway’s northernmost county, the town of Alta and its environs is a destination with wide appeal. Here, the Arctic wilds stand in stark contrast to citylife.

Directly under the aurora oval and renowned for its clear skies, Alta is synonymous with sightings of the northern lights. In fact, one of the world’s first northern light observatories was built just outside of the city. The dazzling displays and billowing curtains of the Aurora Borealis can be enjoyed within the city - thanks to its minimal light pollution, and there are a host of northern light experiences on offer.

During the winter months, Alta attracts those in search of a winter paradise. Surrounding the city, are the alpine slopes of Sarves Alta and the cultural landscape of Finnmark. Here the Sami and their reindeer have lived for thousands of years, observing the skies and nature and using their readings to determine their migratory routes and seasons. This is also the setting of the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, a temporary art installation made wholly from ice and snow.

In the summer months there are forests, mountain plateaus and the Altafjord to discover; fast-flowing waterfalls, glistening lakes and carpets of wild flowers. At this time of year, the region’s natural beauty sparkles under the midnight sun and calls for further exploration. Do not miss the rock carving at Hjemmeluftm, dating from 4200-500BC and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Michelle, of course, has a Norwegian mother and, needless to say, knows Norway extremely well. She also loves Portugal. She has been with us since July 2010 and has bags of experience in the travel industry having worked at XL Holidays, Barwell Leisure and for 7 years at the Magic Group.

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