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!
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.
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.