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Nordlyskatedralen Cathedral, Alta.
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Welcome to Alta, a city located directly under the northern lights oval. Here you can experience winter adventures on powdery snow and the open sea. Maybe even the whales will show up?

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A dog resting under the northern lights.
Photo: Stefan Dahqvist
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Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.
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Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta
An ice sculpture in Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.
Photo: Bård Løken
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Dog sledding in Alta.
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Bonfire in Alta.
Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo / nordnorge.com

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The NorwayLights app provides the best prediction for when to see the northern lights in the area.

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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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