Wondering what Arctic living is all about?
This town off the beaten path in Northern Norway, brings you to the middle of it all.
A hotel that melts away in spring?
It's true. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is a luxury hotel situated beside the world famous Alta River. Both the interior and exterior of the hotel are made of snow and ice. It even has ice glasses in the bar.
Say good night and crawl into your warm sleeping bag. It feels like being on a genuine Arctic expedition!
Or maybe you just want an ice drink in the bar?
Spending the night at the Arctic Wilderness Lodge can be just as exotic.
Here, you have panoramic views of the Alta River, forests, and plateau (where the kitchen also sources many of its ingredients).
Go outside. Look up.
A visit to the Northern Lights Cathedral, the city's architectural landmark, is also a must.
Did you know that the world's first permanent northern lights observatory was built here in Alta at the end of the 1800s?
Get close to nature on a dog sled on Finnmarksvidda, Norway's biggest plateau.
Go on a snowmobile adventure over several days. Stay in a cabin or lavvo, a traditional Sami tent, which indigenous people have been using for over 2,000 years.
Alta has been a meeting place for multiple indigenous communities since the Stone Age.
If you have never spent the night in a dome before, you can try this wonderful style of glamping at Glød Explorer's Aurora Canvas Domes.
If you're really lucky, you can watch the northern lights dancing across the sky from your bed.
Visit The World Heritage Rock Art Centre, Alta Museum, and see some of the roughly 6,000 UNESCO-listed rock art paintings and engravings at the Hjemmeluft World Heritage Site. Some of the works are as much as 7,000 years old.
See how many animal species you can recognize in the art!
Or travel on two wheels through Northern Europe's biggest canyon, Alta Canyon.
Another fun way to experience the canyon is on a traditional river boat.
Once you are out on the Alta River, you should also cast your fishing line. It's one of the world's best salmon rivers!
Just remember to buy a fishing permit first.
There are many small, family owned businesses that would love to take you out on an adventure in nature.
Experience the peace and tranquility of the forest at Trasti & Trine Boutique Hotel. Wake up to the scent of freshly baked bread from the bakery, before joining some happy and enthusiastic dogs on a trip into Finnmark's fantastic nature.
Alta offers both an Arctic adventure and a city break in a single destination.
The view of the surrounding nature is amazing, even when you're in the city centre with its hotels, restaurants, and shops.
When in Alta, you're not far from another Arctic city, Tromsø.
You can get there in 35 minutes by plane, and to Norway's capital Oslo in less than 2 hours.
Alta Airport has direct connections to Oslo, Tromsø and several towns and communities in the region.
From Oslo, the flight time is less than 2 hours. From Tromsø, the flight time is 35 minutes.
Careful planning is essential when travelling by bus in Finnmark. There are buses connecting most communities in the region, but departures may be infrequent.
From Hammerfest to Alta there are 1–3 daily departures, and the travel time is 2.5 hours. From Honningsvåg, there are 1–2 daily departures, and the travel time is 4 hours.
Kirkenes to Alta will take 11 hours by bus, and there are 3 weekly departures. From Tromsø to Alta there is one daily bus, which takes 6 to 7 hours.
Due to the temperate waters of the Gulf Stream, Alta has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude, such as Alaska and Greenland.
Alta has good climatic conditions – little precipitation, pleasant winters and relatively warm summers.
January and February are the coldest months, with an average temperature of -8°C.
July and August are warmest with an average temperature of 13°C.
April and May are the driest months, with an average 19 mm of rainfall. July is the wettest month.
Strong winds can occur.
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