Alta is the gateway to Finnmark and can be the starting point for other places like the North Cape and Hammerfest.
Alta is the largest city in the Finnmark in the northernmost county in Norway, with a population of around 15000 people. It is located beautifully in the inner reaches of the Alta fjord, surrounded by impressive mountains, coastline and forests. Many use the city as a starting point to the famous North Cape.
Alta is a modern city with shops, hotels, cafes and a shopping centre. The most famous attractions to be mentioned are the Northern Light Cathedral, a modern church built in elegant lines that were inspired by the spirals of the Northern Lights and the Alta Museum, which won Europe's highest museum price, European Museum of the Year (1993).
You will find a special blue light here between November and January, and the famous stunning Northern Light colours appear on a clear polar night, like nowhere else, between October and March. The temperatures go down to - 30 degrees during the winter and dry polar climate create the perfect conditions for clear skies and Northern Light experiences.
If you wish to visit a world-class attraction we recommend you to visit the most extensive area of prehistoric Alta rock carvings in northern Europe dating from between 6,000 and 2,000 years ago just outside the city centre. The rocks were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 and the 5,000 carvings are known as petroglyphs were carved into the coastal rocks at the head of Altafjorden.
The Rock Art shows communication between the world of the living and the worlds of the spirits and gives insight into the cosmology of prehistoric hunters and gatherers.
During the winter the Alta Municipality change to a winter wonderland for adventure lovers. Local tour operators offer exciting daily activities like snowmobiling, reindeer- or dogsledding. Do you feel for getting to know more about the local culture and history, visit then the significant local Sami population and culture just south of the city?
Alta is also the location of the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel which is one of Lapland`s ice hotels.
Alta is also world-famous for its dogsledding’s and events. The longest dog sledge race “Finnmarksløpet” takes place here every year in March, and a great festival also takes place related to the race. Alta is a huge dogsledding centre, and the most dog sledging adventure tours go out from here.
In the summer months, Alta never sleeps, the Midnight Sun creates softly bright nights and a special atmosphere and energy. By nice temperatures around 20 degrees, activities like hiking, canoeing, biking or fishing are obviously popular choices to enjoy in the beautiful nature.
Alta is 240km from the North Cape, 571km from Kirkenes and 405km from Tromsø. Direct buses run to Alta from Tromsø and Kirkenes.
Whatever you choose to visit Alta summer or winter, fascinating adventures awaits you. Alta Airport is close to the city, and by car or bus, you reach the city within 10 minutes.
The flight connections to Alta Airport (ALF) has extended a lot especially from Oslo and Tromsø. Alta is also known as the gate to the Finnmark and the northernmost tip of Europe, North Cape.
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