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Sami people on the Finnmarksvidda Mountain Plateau, Norway - Photo: CH/Innovation Norway
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Alta

Alta is the largest town in Finnmark and offers northern lights and midnight sun, mountains, sami culture and reindeer.

Dog sledging and snow mobiles

There is a world of adventure awaiting you in Alta - all framed against the brilliant blue light and contrasts which are so distinctive of Finnmark in the middle of winter. Try for example dog sledging or go on a snow mobile safari. The world's first Northern Light observatory was built here at the end of the nineteenth century and has earned Alta the name The Town of the Northern Lights.

Seasons

Alta has good climatic conditions, with little precipitation, pleasant winters and warm summers. During the winter nights here, you can often see the northern lights dancing across the skies. The blue season in Alta lasts from November to January, after which the days get gradually longer. May to August have midnight sun and 24 hours of daylight.

Bossekop, Elvebakken and the town centre

Alta has three centres: Bossekop, with old trading and market traditions, Elvebakken in the east, with airport and harbour, and the town of Alta itself, as the newest of the three, with pedestrian shopping precincts and shopping centres. The town is one of Northern Norway’s largest educational and research centres and is home to Finnmark Municipal University, with approximately 2,000 students. 

Main industry

Local commerce and industry also include slate works and mining, agriculture, aquaculture and fishing.

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Last updated:  2014-05-16
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Sami people on the Finnmarksvidda Mountain Plateau, Norway - Photo: CH/Innovation Norway

Alta

Alta is the largest town in Finnmark and offers northern lights and midnight sun, mountains, sami culture and reindeer.

Alta

Source: Visitnorway

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