Traveling the 4,013 miles (6,459 km) from the remote arctic island of Svalbard to Norway's mainland city of Alta, can be done by flying. Since there are no direct flights to Alta, visitors can choose from connecting flights in Tromsø, or driving/private transfer from Tromsø to Alta after a quick non-stop flight. Cruises are only an option for the journey from Alta to Svalbard, as the return trip has to be done by flying.
Located between mainland Norway and the north pole, Svalbard is a true arctic destination full of opportunities for viewing wildlife like polar bears and reindeer, and activities like skiing, kayaking, exploring glaciers, and dog-sledding. There are plenty of cultural exploits to experience as well, with the North Pole Expedition Museum, Gallery Svalbard, and WildPhoto Gallery.
Alta is famous for northern lights watching, as well as UNESCO protected prehistoric rock carvings, and abundant outdoor activities in and around the Altafjord. For more ideas during your time in Alta, check out this 7-day Norway Arctic Experience in Alta itinerary.
By Flight and Car
Duration: 8-10 hours
For a direct flight from Longyearbyen, Svalbard archipelago's main city, travelers will have to go to Tromsø. Then, it's possible to take a domestic flight from Tromsø to Alta, or, rent a car and drive the six hours. Take E8 to Fv91, where you'll board the ferry from Svensby to Breivikeidet (35 minutes) and then take E6 the rest of the way. Along this route, drivers can explore the northern fjord scenery, including the village of Sørkjosen, and Finnes batteri, a beautiful spot for a picnic or camping on the edge of the water.
Admire the Finnmark Mountain Plateau, try your hand at fishing, and visit the Tirpitz or Alta Museums to learn about Sami culture. In the winter months, dog-sledding under the northern lights is an amazing experience, as well as sleeping in the well-known igloo hotel. In the summer months, exploring the nearby Sautso canyon, the largest canyon in Europe, via bicycle or hiking is highly recommended.