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

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of 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.

Shore Excursions

About Alta


Pro

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

Con

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.


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