Alta – Experiences throughout the year

Alta - the city of Northern Lights is the largest city in the county of Finnmark. It is a modern city offering all the services that you might require: hotels, restaurants and cafés, shops, cultural services and experiences. Norwegian and SAS both provide direct flights between Oslo and Alta, so the wonderful experiences available in Alta are just a couple of hours away!

Rock carvings

The history of Alta covers the period ranging between the 7,000 year old rock carvings at the Alta Museum and the court case relating to Sami rights which was played out during the 1980s. The countryside around Alta is diverse and imposing and includes the largest canyon in Northern Europe, the Sautso Canyon, and the vast tundra on the Finnmark Mountain Plateau. Local guides will enable you to experience the history and natural environment of Alta during both the summer and winter seasons, offering snowmobile safaris, snowshoe hikes and guided coach trips.

Winter wonderland

The most beautiful winter wonderland experience is Finnmarksløpet (the Finnmark Dog Sled Race). This annual race, which starts in Alta every March, is a public celebration and a fantastic experience for visitors. Guests with an interest in dogs are able to visit local kennels throughout the year and can even try driving their own team of dogs during the winter.

City of Northern Lights

The Northern Lights city of Alta, which lies in the innermost reaches of the stunningly beautiful Alta Fjord, is blessed with a great climate. During the winter the temperature can drop to below -30oC, but the dry climate makes the cold all part of the experience. The Arctic winter light and Northern Lights are fascinating aspects of the dark polar nights. During the summertime the sun shines at midnight and the temperature rises to above 20oC. It is impossible to describe the contrasts which exist between the exotic polar nights and the long, sunny, summer nights. They simply have to be experienced.

A perfect destination

For anyone planning a company trip to Alta, there are plenty of local tour organisers who specialise in providing exciting experiences within the framework offered by the Finnmark landscape. The countryside is exactly what makes Alta a perfect destination for experiences outside the conference room.


Explore the Arctic

  • Icecube of Aurora

    Icecube of Aurora

    Icecube of Aurora is a local tourist fishing boat that engages in adventure tours in Altafjord.

  • Northern Lights Husky og Trasti & Trine

    Northern Lights Husky og Trasti & Trine

    Trasti & Trine and Northern Lights Husky are based in Øvre Alta, 10 km from the centre of Alta. We offer...

  • CampAlta


    Alta river have always been an important part of life in Alta. The river supports a wide ecosystem of plants...

  • Holmen Husky Lodge

    Holmen Husky Lodge

    Join us on a thrilling dog sledding adventure in winter light! Experience wonderful nature, mountains and...

  • Sami Siida

    Sami Siida

    Experience Sami culture, food and traditions. A warm welcome to our Siida!

  • Storekorsnes Ferie & Fritid

    Storekorsnes Ferie & Fritid

    Experience the wonderful nature of Finnmark summer and winter. Sea fishing, safaris, midnight sun, northern...

  • SarvesAlta alpinsenter

    SarvesAlta alpinsenter

    Enjoy the view over Altafjorden in the fantastic slopes at SarvesAlta alpinsenter.Her kan du stå på...

  • GLØD Explorer

    GLØD Explorer

    GLØD, which means glow in English, was founded in 2005. From our base in Alta in the North Norwegian county...

  • GuideGunnar


    One of Norway’s most innovative and experienced tour guides, GuideGunnar is known for his energy and...