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Cruises to Alta

25 Reviews
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

122 Reviews
Leaving:London
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

122 Reviews
Leaving:Bergen
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star

11 Night
Europe - IcelandDetails

2,505 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Aug 15, 2023
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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star

11 Night
Europe - IcelandDetails

2,505 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
May 30, 2024
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16 Night
Norway Intensive VoyageDetails

798 Reviews
Leaving:Edinburgh
Cruise Line:Azamara
Aug 1, 2023
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11 Night
Europe - OtherDetails

2,505 Reviews
Leaving:Tromso
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jun 12, 2023
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16 Night
Norway Intensive VoyageDetails

117 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jun 24, 2023
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6 Night
Norway CruiseDetails

63 Reviews
Leaving:Bergen
Cruise Line:Hurtigruten
Nov 13, 2023
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6 Night
Norway CruiseDetails

63 Reviews
Leaving:Bergen
Cruise Line:Hurtigruten
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14 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

1,190 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Oct 4, 2023
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10 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

1 Review
Leaving:Tromso
Cruise Line:Ponant
Apr 10, 2024
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12 Night
Europe - IcelandDetails

2,505 Reviews
Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jul 23, 2023
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14 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

2,687 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 24, 2024
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12 Night
Europe - Northern CruiseDetails

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

2,687 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jun 14, 2024
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More about Alta

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
Alta itself is a small modern town with a really interesting Northern Lights Cathedral. It has an impressive organ and a presentation area in the basement, where they show a short film of the northern lights. AdmissiRead More
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Sussex Duo
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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