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The city of northern lights

The city of Alta lies in an area with a relatively mild climate in the otherwise cold north. Here you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, spend the night in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern lights.

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Alta is the largest town in Finnmark and offers northern lights, midnight sun, mountains, Sami culture, reindeer and UNESCO-protected rock carvings.

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Getting here and around

Get in-depth travel information for travelling to Northern Norway

  • Alta bus

    By bus

    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. FInd more information on travelling by bus to Northern Norway.

  • Alta car

    By car

    All roads are open year round, but some mountain passes may close for short periods in winter.

    From Tromsø, follow the E6 to Alta.

    From Hammerfest, follow the Rv 94 and then the E6 to Alta.

    Check out more information on driving to Northern Norway. 

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  • Alta plane

    By plane

    Alta Airport has direct connections to Oslo, Tromsø and several towns and communities in the region.

    From Oslo, the flight time is just over 2 hours. From Tromsø, the flight time is 40 minutes.

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Weather icon white Seasons and climate

  • 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.
  • Get the latest weather forecast on yr.no.

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