Overview

Introduction

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.

Stay a few days or incorporate Alta into a longer tour of Finnmark and the north of Norway.

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Winter Activities

Arctic Light Snowmobile Tour

Explore the nature of Northern Norway with experienced guides, in an area that first introduced snowmobiling to the country. Experience the arctic light and beautiful scenery of one Europe’s last wildernesses as you depart Sorrisniva and cut through the fresh snow, following the snowmobile trail through Alta Valley to the Finnmark plateau. The sun and the Arctic light vary during the winter season and provide a wonderful vision across the horizon. After the tour, a visit to Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel the World’s northernmost ice hotel is included.

 

  • Duration: 2½ hours
  • Available: Daily at 11:30 (18Dec - 7Apr)
  • Price for shared snowmobile: £174.00 per adult/ £95.00 per child (from Sorrisniva) or £221 per adult/ £142.00 per child (from Alta).
  • Price for single driver snowmobile: £189.00 per person (from Sorrisniva) or £236.00 per person (from Alta).

 

Notes:

  • This tour starts at Sorrisniva. The guide will meet you in reception at 11:30.
  • If you are staying in Alta city centre pick up is from Scandic Hotel Alta at 10:45. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • All drivers must sign a liability waiver to participate in activities organized by Sorrisniva.
  • All drivers must provide a valid driving licence.
  • Thermal suit, winter boots, gloves and helmet are included.
  • Entrance to the Igloo Hotel included.

 

 

Dog Sled Tour

The sound of eager and expectant dogs fills the air as you enter the dog kennels. Say hello to the Alaskan huskies that are waiting to meet you. The guide will introduce you to your team of dogs and then help you to harness the team. After meeting your team of excited huskies you will head out into the forest and over the frozen landscape. At the end of the tour you will have time to sit and relax around an open fire with a hot drink and homemade cake.

 

  • Duration: 2½ hours
  • Available: Daily at 10:00 and 16:30 (01Dec - 15Apr)
  • Price: £149.00 per adult/ £75.00 per child.

 

Notes:

  • Pick up from Sorrisniva reception or Scandic Hotel Alta. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • This tour involves full interaction with dogs.
  • The guided tour is approx. 60 minutes, covering 15km.
  • Winter clothing and boots are included.
  • Each sled accommodates 2 people.
  • Hot drink and homemade cake is served at the end of the tour.

 

Dog Sledding along the Alta River

Take a ride and discover the fun and excitement of traveling by dog sled. After a full briefing on how to handle your sled, meeting the enthusiastic huskies, and preparing them for the journey, your tour across the frozen Arctic landscape will begin. Feel the kiss of the cold on your cheeks and listen to the silence of the vast Arctic nature. After the tour you will have the opportunity to spend some time with the huskies.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Available: Daily at 10:00 or 16:00 (01Dec - 15Apr)
  • Price: £144.00 per adult/ £75.00 per child.

 

Notes:

  • Pick up from outside Scandic Hotel Alta or Sorrisniva reception. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • This tour involves full interaction with dogs.
  • The guided tour is approx. 60 minutes, covering 15km.
  • Each sled accommodates 2 people.
  • Thermal suits, gloves and boots are provided
  • Hot drinks are provided at the end of the tour.

 

 

Frozen Landscape Snowmobile Tour

Ever wondered what it would be like to drive a snowmobile over a huge expanse of open space covered in nothing but white glistening snow? Well, wonder no more. On this tour you drive over frozen lakes up to the Finnmark mountain plateau. Upon arrival at the plateau, experience serenity as you sit in total silence and enjoy the ever-changing Arctic light. The group will then stop at Jotka Mountain Lodge for lunch, one of the only buildings in Finnmark that was not burnt down during World War II.

  • Duration: 4hrs
  • Available: Daily at 11:30 (15Feb - 17Apr)
  • Price for shared snowmobile: £262 per adult/ £141 per child (from Sorrisniva) £309.00 per adult/ £187.00 per child (from Alta).
  • Price for single driver snowmobile: £298.00 per person (from Sorrisniva) £345.00 per person (from Alta).

 

Notes:

  • Pick up from the Sorrisniva Hotel or Scandic Hotel Alta. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • All drivers must sign a liability waiver to participate in activities organised by Sorrisniva.
  • All drivers must provide a valid driving licence.
  • Thermal suit, winter boots, gloves and helmet are included.
  • Lunch included. Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

 

 

Northern Lights Hunt by minibus

This small group tour goes in search of the magical Northern Lights. You will be driven away from the artificial lights of the city, exploring parts of Alta, the coastline and depending on the weather your guide may drive up to the Finnmark plateau in search of the Aurora Borealis.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Available: Daily at 20:00 (20Sep - 31Mar)
  • Price: £149.00 per adult/ £75.00 per child.

 

Notes:

  • This tour starts at Sorrisniva. The guide will meet you in reception at 20:00.
  • Pick up from Scandic Hotel, Alta at 19:30. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • Your local guide will help you adjust your camera settings (if required) to enable you to capture the magical moment the Aurora Borealis appears in the sky above your head.
  • Winter clothing is not provided.

 

 

Northern Lights Sami Reindeer Sled tour

Try reindeer sledding, an exciting experience in the Arctic winter darkness. Your Sami guide will tell you stories about their past and present culture as you search for the Aurora Borealis. After the tour you will be served a hot drink and cake by the open fire inside a lavvo.

  • Duration: 2 ½ hours.
  • Available: Daily at 20:00 (15Dec – 31Mar. No tour on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 31st Dec)
  • Price: £189.00 per adult/ £94.00 per child.

 

Notes:

  • This tour starts at Sorrisniva. The guide will meet you in reception at 20:00
  • Pick up from Scandic Hotel, Alta at 19:30. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • Winter clothing is included.

 

 

Sami Reindeer Sled tour

On this tour you will meet a Sami family and their reindeers. Your guide will tell you stories about their past and present culture. Take a reindeer sled tour (2-3 km) in the Alta valley. Afterwards you can warm up by the open fire in a lavvo with a hot drink and cake.

  • Duration: 1 ½ hours.
  • Available: Daily at 11:30 (15Dec – 31Mar. No tour on 24th, 25th, 26th Dec and 1st Jan)
  • Price: £149.00 per adult/ £79.00 per child.

 

Notes:

  • This tour starts at Sorrisniva. The guide will meet you in reception at 11:30
  • Pick up from Scandic Hotel, Alta at 10:30. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to excursion time.
  • Winter clothing is included.

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