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Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Alta
Alta has plenty to offer visitors all year long, with road trips through the surrounding Arctic landscape in summer, the Northern Lights in winter, and the vibrant Sami culture to experience. From September to March, it makes for an ideal spot to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the crowds who flock to Tromsø and other popular destinations. There are slews of hiking trails and seasonal outdoor activities such as dog sledding, canoeing, snowshoeing, and mountain biking. It’s also home to the world’s northernmost ice hotel and historic sites like UNESCO World Heritage-listed rock carvings, some of which may date back all the way to 4,200 BCE. Alta has the most rock art made by prehistoric hunter-gatherers of anywhere in northern Europe.

Kimkim travelers can take advantage of the area with a multi-day experience involving dog sledding and local food such as fresh-caught fish, cloudberries, and the Sami reindeer dish bidos in winter, or paddle a canoe down the Alta River in summer.
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Winter wonderland scenery in Northern Norway
Map of Norway Arctic Experience in Alta - 7 Days
Norway Arctic Experience in Alta - 7 Days

Located in the northernmost county of Norway (Finnmark), the city of Alta lies in an area with a relatively mild climate. With this winter-themed adventure, you'll meet huskies and reindeer, see UNESCO-protected rock carvings, experience Sami culture, and enjoy snow activities. Easily reachable by plane, the area offers forests, mountain plateaus, and coastal landscapes bathed in distinctive blue light—perfect for star gazing and searching for the Northern Lights.

Winter wonderland scenery in Northern Norway
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Luxury Arctic Experience in Alta - 6 Days

The town of Alta lies in Norway's northernmost district, above the Arctic Circle, making it a prime location for winter fun. On this seasonal jaunt, you'll partake in dog-sledding, skiing, and other snow activities with views of mountain plateaus bathed in a brilliant blue light (distinctive to this part of Norway). At night, spend your evenings searching for the Northern Lights from cozy igloo hotels and luxury lavvu tents.

The Northern Lights in Norway
Explore Norway's Arctic Wilderness in Alta - 5 Days

Discover the winter landscape of Norway's northernmost county and the town of Alta, where you'll enjoy a dog sled ride through the snowy scenery. Transfer to a lodge of cozy tents with woodstoves and floor-to-ceiling windows for optimal viewing of the Northern Lights, as well as the opportunity for skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and hiking. End the trip with the indigenous Sami community, where you'll learn about their local culture and enjoy a thrilling reindeer sledding experience.

Catch the Northern Lights in Norway
Explore Norway's Arctic Wilderness in Alta - 4 Days

This tour starts in the city of Alta, located in the northernmost county of Norway and surrounded by incredible Arctic scenery with opportunities to ski, hike, snowmobile, sled, and ice skate. After exploring the city and the Alta Fjord, you'll transfer to a wilderness lodge to enjoy dinners in a renovated barn and a thrilling dog sled ride through the snowy landscape. Sleep under the stars and the Northern Lights in your own insulated bungalow, complete with a wood stove. 

Prime territory for spotting the Northern Lights
Map of Tromsø & Alta Winter Adventure - 7 Days
Tromsø & Alta Winter Adventure - 7 Days

This exciting and less-traveled winter adventure takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory. Your week-long tour between November and April begins in the quietly sophisticated city of Tromsø, where you can sled with huskies during the day and chase the Northern Lights after dark. Continue to Alta by car or bus for snowsports in the Arctic wilderness and a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of rock carvings. To up the Alta adventure factor, spend your last two nights in a nearby hotel made of snow and ice!

Early snowcapped views of the Altafjord
Map of Autumn Road Trip in Norway's Arctic - 7 Days
Autumn Road Trip in Norway's Arctic - 7 Days

This relaxed road trip explores an area of Norway's Arctic rarely visited by tourists. Start in fjord-side Alta and drive inland to experience indigenous culture while staying in a cozy wilderness lodge. You'll then make your way towards the northernmost tip of the continent for hiking trails, colorful villages, and breathtaking views. Spend each night looking for early glimpses of the Northern Lights—they usually start in October.

This is prime territory for spotting the Northern Lights
Tromsø & Alta Winter Tour - 8 Days

This exciting and less-traveled winter adventure (November to April) takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory for spectacular snowcapped scenery. The tour begins in the quietly sophisticated city of Tromsø where you can sled with huskies during the day and chase the Northern Lights after dark. Continue to Alta for snowsports in the Arctic and a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of rock carvings. 

You'll have three days to get to know your own team of huskies
Map of Norway Dogsledding Adventure - 6 Days
Norway Dogsledding Adventure - 6 Days

For dog lovers, this unique, hands-on experience in Norway's Finnmark County can't be beaten. You'll start off with two days in Alta for a chance to explore this small coastal city and take part in wintry activities before heading out for three days in the Arctic wilderness. With the help of your private guide, you'll get to know the Huskies by name, drive your own sleigh, and enjoy traditional meals (some served over a campfire). In the evenings, participate in taking care of the dogs before you fall to sleep in cozy cabins while searching for the Northern Lights.

The elusive aurora borealis lights up the sky near Tromsø
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Tromsø & Alta Winter Adventure - 8 Days

Journey deep into Norway's boreal territory on this 8-day winter adventure. Begin in the far northern city of Tromsø, where you'll sled with reindeer during the day and chase the aurora borealis after dark. Continue to Alta (known as "the town of the northern lights") for snowcapped scenery and winter sports in the Arctic wilderness. After skiing, snowshoeing, and dog sledding your way through the wintry landscapes, spend your evenings warming up in the sauna and stargazing in a rustic lodge.

Prime territory for spotting the Northern Lights
Map of Tromsø to Kirkenes Winter Adventure - 12 Days
Tromsø to Kirkenes Winter Adventure - 12 Days

This exciting and less-traveled winter adventure takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory for spectacular snowcapped scenery. The trip kicks off in Tromsø, a sophisticated little city known as the 'Paris of the North'. From here, make your way east to Kirkenes—traveling by bus—while taking advantage of unique Arctic excursions and numerous possibilities for spotting the Northern Lights.

Spend a few nights relaxing in the fjords between Oslo and Bergen
Map of Oslo, Bergen & Alta Winter Tour - 12 Days
Oslo, Bergen & Alta Winter Tour - 12 Days

This 12-day itinerary is ideal for travelers who prefer to skip the peak-season crowds. The adventure kicks off in Norway's up-and-coming capital where you'll explore Oslo's best neighborhoods on your own and with a local guide. From here, travel by train, ferry, and bus to get to Bergen with a peaceful two-night stay in Aurland along the way. After exploring Bergen's museums, Christmas markets,  and nearby fjords, you'll fly above the Arctic Circle to sled with huskies and hunt for the Northern Lights.

Preparing the sled in the Norwegian wilderness
Map of Norway Dogsledding Adventure - 5 Days
Norway Dogsledding Adventure - 5 Days

This wintry experience in Norway's Finnmark region starts with a night in Alta before three days of dogsledding in the Arctic wilderness. With the help of a private guide, you'll get to know the huskies by name and drive your own sleigh before falling asleep in cozy cabins—or staying up to search for the Northern Lights.

The Barents Sea off Norway's north coast
Map of Northern Norway Winter Adventure - 13 Days
Northern Norway Winter Adventure - 13 Days

This exciting 13-day adventure—between late February to early April—takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory for unique winter-themed activities and few crowds. After a few days in Oslo, it's time to fly to Tromsø, 'Gateway to the Arctic', where you'll experience local culture and a farm in the wilderness. Then, drive to Alta, Karasjok, and the North Cape for UNESCO-listed rock art, Sami culture, dog sledding, and hiking around Europe's northernmost point before circling back along the stunning coast.

Northern Lights in Senja, Norway's 2nd largest island
Map of Autumn in Northern Norway - 11 Days
Autumn in Northern Norway - 11 Days

Skip the summer crowds with this autumn-themed itinerary in Norway's far north. The adventure begins in Tromsø—'Gateway to the Arctic'—with time to explore the city and a nearby farm. From here, you'll ferry to Senja island and then cruise to the northernmost point of Europe. Continue by bus to Alta for UNESCO-listed rock carvings before returning to Tromsø. Activities depend on the snow (or lack thereof), and each night presents another opportunity to spot the Northern Lights.

A view of Aurora Borealis near Tromsø, Norway.
Map of Norway Northern Lights Road Trip - 7 Days
Norway Northern Lights Road Trip - 7 Days

This scenic winter adventure traverses the Norwegian Arctic and checks off a number of natural and cultural sites starting in the city of Tromsø, nicknamed 'Paris of the North'. From here, hit the road and see rock art in Alta, learn about the indigenous Sami people in Karasjok, and visit a hotel made of snow along the Finnish/Russian border. Each day ends with another opportunity to view the Northern Lights in this beautiful and remote part of the world.

Explore wintry villages in the Lofoten Islands like this one
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Ultimate Winter Tour in Norway's Arctic - 14 Days

This two-week adventure from late September to late March covers a great deal of Norwegian ground for an unforgettable winter trip. You'll experience snow-covered scenery as you visit Norway's lower half (Oslo, Flåm, Bergen) before flying north to the Arctic Circle. From Bodø, you'll catch a ferry to the Lofoten Islands—the southwestern point of this dramatic archipelago with granite mountains shooting up from the sea. Finish the tour with an overnight coastal steamer and enjoy unique activities in Tromsø and Alta before returning back to Oslo for one more night on the town.

The Barents Sea off Norway's north coast
Map of Northern Norway Winter Adventure - 14 Days
Northern Norway Winter Adventure - 14 Days

This exciting two-week road trip from late February to early April takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory for unique winter-themed activities and few crowds. Your self-drive tour begins from Tromsø, 'Gateway to the Arctic', where you can ride a cable car, meet reindeer, and chase the Northern Lights after dark. Continue to Alta for some of the oldest rock art in existence today (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a 3-day dogsledding tour. From here, drive to Karasjok and Europe's northernmost point where you can hike along the stunning North Cape before flying to Oslo for one more night on the town.

A reindeer in Tromsø
Map of Norway Winter Adventure: Bergen, Geilo, Oslo, Aurland, Tromsø, & Alta - 12 Days - 14 Days
Norway Winter Adventure: Bergen, Geilo, Oslo, Aurland, Tromsø, & Alta - 12 Days - 14 Days

In Bergen, you can enjoy a local tour of this cobble-stoned wharf city before taking a scenic train journey to Geilo where you will have a day of skiing. The railway will then take you to Aurland, where you'll have a cruise on Nærøyfjord and then depart to Oslo for two nights on the Flåm Railway before flying to Tromsø. Here, you will chase the northern lights in a sled pulled by reindeers and enjoy an authentic wilderness hunting experience—and you'll then make your way to Alta—where you will discover rock art and stay overnight in the Igloo Hotel.

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