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Cruises to Alta

Alta Fjord, Alta, Norway (Photo: The Arctic/Shutterstock)

About Alta

Located on Norway's Northern coast, Alta is best known as a prime destination for viewing the Northern Lights. It's situated right on the head of Alta Fjord, but has a surprisingly mild climate, which makes it an ideal place for travelers who enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking and fishing. Alta also has a deep indigenous culture and history that is evident throughout. Sami Siida offers a look at the traditional Sami lifestyle and Hjemmeluft, where cruisers can check out rock carvings dating back to some time between 4200 and 500 B.C., has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Those who get a kick out of a bit of schtick should head to the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel -- a luxury hotel that is entirely made of ice and is only open between January and when it begins to melt in the Spring -- for a meal or any number of activities, from ice fishing to a snowmobile safari.

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Viking Venus
Viking Venus (Photo: Viking Ocean Cruises)

12 Night
In Search Of The Northern LightsDetails

68 Reviews
Leaving:Bergen
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Viking Venus
Viking Venus (Photo: Viking Ocean Cruises)

12 Night
In Search Of The Northern LightsDetails

68 Reviews
Leaving:London
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Island Princess
Island Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

14 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

1,173 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star

12 Night
Europe - IcelandDetails

2,480 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jul 23, 2023
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10 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Tromso
Cruise Line:Ponant
Apr 10, 2024
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12 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

374 Reviews
Leaving:Hamburg
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Aug 20, 2023
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10 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Tromso
Cruise Line:Ponant
Mar 21, 2024
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16 Night
Norway Intensive VoyageDetails

792 Reviews
Leaving:Edinburgh
Cruise Line:Azamara
Aug 1, 2023
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11 Night
Europe - IcelandDetails

2,480 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Aug 15, 2023
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16 Night
Norway Intensive VoyageDetails

115 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jun 24, 2023
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11 Night
Europe - OtherDetails

2,480 Reviews
Leaving:Tromso
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jun 12, 2023
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14 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

10 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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10 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Tromso
Cruise Line:Ponant
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29 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

10 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Oct 6, 2023
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21 Night
Norway CruiseDetails

96 Reviews
Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Hurtigruten
Nov 17, 2022
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Why go to Alta?

Pros:

Alta’s mild climate makes it one of the easier destinations in Northern Norway to explore.

Cons:

Though Alta is a popular spot for Northern Lights viewing, the weather may not always cooperate.

Bottom Line:

Alta is a culturally and historically rich town that is surprisingly accessible.


Alta Cruise Reviews
We were able to see the northern lights while in port in Alta. The were so beautiful. The pictures do not do them justice.Read More
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land1812
So much to do in Alta. We rented a car for the two days we were there. Did independently did snow hotel tour and the snowmobile ride. There were 5 of us on 3 snowmobiles and we were the only ones on the tour wRead More
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travellover48
We wanted to see the Northern Lights. We were able to do this in Alta. It was very cold but the photo opportunities were fantastic.Read More
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Grandmatofive
Alta was our northern-most port. The Northern Lights put on quite a show on our mini-bus excursion about an hour out of town. There was a lodge with hot chocolate to warm up. We also did reindeer sledding along a riRead More
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