Alta, Norway

Introduction to Alta

Alta has a fascinating history, having been inhabited by the indigenous Sami people since prehistoric times. Explore the Alta Museum or visit Hjemmeluft to see the largest collection of rock carvings in Scandinavia, dating from 2,000 to 5,000 years ago.

Considered one of the best places to see the Northern Lights in the winter and experience the unique sensation of midnight sun between May and August, Alta feels truly magical by night. During the day, Alta is just as special, with plenty of other attractions to explore and enjoy.

Although most of the buildings in Alta are quite new, as it was rebuilt after the Second World War, the area has a long history, having been inhabited by the indigenous Sami people since prehistoric times.

At Hjemmeluft, just outside the town, is the largest collection of rock carvings in Scandinavia, dating from 2,000 to 6,200 years ago. These UNESCO World Heritage listed carvings are part of the Alta Museum and are vital evidence of the existence of human activity in the far north during prehistoric times.

Elsewhere, the Altafjord, and the Altaelva River that run through the town, are said to have the best salmon fishing in the world. It’s still possible to see the fish leaping up the river, despite the construction of the 100m Altadammen in the 1970s.

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Alta Canyon and power station, Alta, Norway

ALTA CANYON & POWER STATION

  • Journey out from Alta to see Northern Europe's largest canyon
  • See deep inside the mountain as you discover the wonders of the power plant
Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Delight in spectacular views from a vantage point at the top of a mountain, where the Alta Canyon and power station are situated.

Leaving the quayside in Alta, your guide will regale you with stories about Alta and the region. Travelling out of town, you will head out into the beautiful farmlands of Tverrelvdalen, towards Stilla and up onto the Finnmarksvidda high plateau. You will pass the so-called "Zero Point", famous for the massive demonstrations held against the dam construction in the Alta River. Travel through rugged fields of slate and alongside beautiful lakes, before finally arriving at Sautso with its stunning natural scenery.  You will have an opportunity to stop here and take photographs of the canyon.

Having seen the Alta River far below in the deep valley, your next stop will be at the nearby power station and dam.  A short walk down into a tunnel carved into the mountain will take you to the visitor centre, where you can view a film about the power station. Next you will head out to the top of the 110 metre (360 foot) high concrete dam, to take a walk across and take advantage of photo opportunities in all directions – truly breathtaking. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that the walk to the power station visitor centre is approximately 100 metres (328 feet) down a large (tour bus-sized) tunnel.  The coach will pick up all guests at the end of the tour so you will not be required to walk back up the tunnel. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.


ALTA CATHEDRAL & NORTHERN LIGHTS EXPERIENCE (TOUR PW)

  • Admire the unique Northern Lights Cathedral
  • Visit Alta’s newest attraction, Borealis Alta
  • Discover the myths and science surrounding the Aurora Borealis
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

The Northern Lights Cathedral is one of Alta’s most striking landmarks. Since it opened in February 2013, it has delighted visitors with its challenging symbolism and unique design.

On arrival at Nordlyskatedralen – the Northern Lights Cathedral – your guide will talk you through the architecture, construction and artwork both inside and outside the cathedral and you will have plenty of time to take pictures or just to sit and take in the still atmosphere inside.

With the church visit complete, you will be invited to make your way downstairs to Borealis Alta, an immersive, interactive science exhibition that explains and showcases the Northern Lights in a fun and engaging way. Visitors can read and learn about the past mythology and present-day research in to the phenomenon that is the aurora, and also participate in activities that help to bring the concepts of the northern lights to life.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 & 2018 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Whilst this tour involves a minimal amount of walking, there is a walk of approximately 50 metres (165 feet) to the tour transport, as well as approximately 100 metres (330 feet) to and from the cathedral. This tour is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility, however please bear in mind that the walk to the cathedral may be snowy or icy. For reference, you will spend approximately one and a half hours at the cathedral.


Alta Museum, Alta, Norway

ALTA MUSEUM & SAMI SIIDA

  • Enjoy an informative visit to the Alta Museum - considered Europe’s finest museum
  • Learn more about local culture 
Activity Tour
Price£60.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

On this tour expand your knowledge about Alta’s history, culture, economy and the everyday life of its locals.

Leaving the quayside you will travel through Alta, the biggest town in Finnmark Country. Remnants of Stone Age settlements dating back 10,000 years have been found in the area, and at the Alta Museum, situated directly beside the Altafjord, a vast field of rock carvings dating back 6,000 years have been discovered. Visit the Alta Museum, which opened in 1991 and was awarded a prize as Europe’s finest museum in 1993. The museum is located next to the rock carvings, discovered by locals as late as 1973. These ancient drawings were added to UNESCO’S list of Global Cultural Heritage in 1985. The outdoor area, overlooking the magnificent Alta Fjord, has pathways enabling us you to explore the rock carving sites at your leisure.

From the Alta museum, a short drive will take you to the Boazo Sami Siida, which is situated near the Alta River. The Siida, or settlement of reindeer herders, is run by a family which is still active herding. Inside the Siida, entertainment and activities will be based on Sami culture. After your interesting visit you will return back to the harbour and your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR NORWAY 2016 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over uneven and hilly terrain at the Alta Museum - to see the outdoor rock carvings – as well as a moderate amount of walking over uneven ground at the Sami Camp. Please come dressed for the weather conditions on the day, as we you will be outside to view the rock carvings and the Sami camp. Please note that the tour may operate in a different order to that described.


Alta City, Norway

CONCERT IN THE NORTHERN LIGHTS CATHEDRAL (TOUR HW)

  • Enjoy a concert in magical surroundings
  • The Northern Lights Cathedral is a unique venue for your concert
  • Sami artists ÁJA will perform beautiful and mystic music
Activity Tour
Price£42.00
DurationApproximately 1.5 Hours
LimitationMinimum of 100 participants required
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Experience the amazing Northern Lights Cathedral with a special concert of music, inspired by Sami culture and stunning landscapes.

Nordlyskatedralen, or Northern Lights Cathedral, is the new main church of Alta which opened in February 2013. The Cathedral is an architectural gem blending natural and spiritual themes in a modern way that creates a startling and intriguing experience for visitors. The architect, John Lassen, wondered if the Northern Lights could be represented in his design and he has created an ethereal, vaporous, spiralling form, with titanium cladding which serves as a blurry mirror.

You will be transferred by coach to the Cathedral for a concert for cruise passengers. Sami artists ÁJA will perform for you – their modern music has Sami roots, including joik like melodies. The cathedral’s special acoustics are a perfect match for this sound, and this atmospheric music is fitting for this amazing place. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY WINTER CRUISE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour requires approximately 50 metres of walking, partly inclined, to reach the Cathedral. The ground could be covered in snow or ice and may be very slippery. The Cathedral is wheelchair accessible so the tour could be suitable for wheelchair users. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. There is a pre booking deadline for this tour – usually one week in advance – after this date the tour will be on a request basis, and will be non-refundable.


Dog Sledding, Alta

'DO IT YOURSELF' DOG SLEDDING (TOUR CW)

  • Embrace this Northern Norway sport and take an exhilarating dog sled ride!
  • This tour will give you the chance to drive a dog sled and really experience this popular sport for yourself
  • Enjoy free time at the dog centre – see where the huskies live
Activity Tour
Price£190.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Your guide will tell you about Alta and its history, the economy and culture en route to the dog centre. On arrival you will be briefed and kitted out in warm suits (if required), in order to take charge of a husky sled!

Join your experienced hosts who will accompany you on a short journey through the snowy scenery. You will travel through the pine forest following the banks of the Alta River or up through Altadalen Valley. You will also spend time at the Dog Centre to learn about how the huskies are trained, and prepared for the Finnmarksløpet Race - a true test of stamina and Europe’s longest dog race covering 1,000 kilometres. The dogs love attention and you will have time to say hello, and thank them for your ride, before you return to Alta.  

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY WINTER CRUISE
 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? All tour participants need to be fit and active as the sled driving can be very strenuous – you need to be able to stand on one leg in order to be able to drive the sled. The tour is not suitable for children – they are able to take part in Tour BW. Before booking this tour, please ensure that your travel insurance will cover you for taking part in the dog sledding. Participants are required to sign an insurance waiver prior to arrival at the dog centre. Walking may be over uneven, deep snowy ground. Please come suitably dressed in warm clothing for the visit to the dog centre – if necessary you can hire thermal suits, boots and gloves before the sled ride, but this will take time out of your visit. The hire cost is 300 NOK per person (approximately £30) – payable on the day if required. The sled ride will last approximately 20 minutes with each sled for two people – driver and passenger may swap half way. You will either straddle the sled or it may be low to the ground so participants must be able to get down into the sled. There will be basic toilet facilities. The dogs are chained near their kennels, but will be happy to see you so may jump up in greeting. This can mean muddy paws! If you are not comfortable with close contact with the dogs, please be sure to keep your distance. You will have refreshments in the lavvo (Sami tent) or outside. In the case of lack of snow, the tour will be operated with buggies on wheels instead.


Man riding Dog Buggies, Alta, Norway

DOG BUGGY RIDE

  • Sit back and enjoy a leisurely dog cart ride through the countryside
  • Enjoy free time at the Dog Centre – see where the huskies live
Activity Tour
Price£130.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

On this tour, take in an exciting dog cart ride through Alta’s Scenic countryside.

Leaving the quayside, your guide will tell you about Alta and its history, economy and culture as you embark on a short ride to the dog centre, where upon arrival you will be invited to take part in a husky cart ride!

Hop into the cart with wheels, pulled by a team of huskies, and set off as your experienced driver takes you on a short journey, allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenery. You will travel through the pine forest following the banks of the Alta River or up through Altadalen Valley. You will also spend time at the dog centre to learn about how the huskies are trained and prepared for the Finnmarksløpet Dog Sled Race - a true test of stamina and Europe’s longest dog race, covering 1,000 kilometres (621 miles). The dogs love attention and you will have time to say hello and thank them for your ride, before you return to Alta.  

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is dependent upon favourable weather conditions – the dogs cannot run if the weather is too warm. Before booking this tour, please ensure that your travel insurance will cover you for taking part in the dog cart ride. Participants are required to sign an insurance waiver prior to arrival at the dog centre. The minimum age for guests to participate is five years old. Walking may be over uneven terrain. The ride will last approximately 20 minutes. For information, the cart will hold eight guests (including the guide). There will be limited toilet facilities. The dogs are chained near their kennels, but will be happy to see you so may jump up in greeting. This can mean muddy paws! If you are not comfortable with close contact with the dogs, please be sure to keep your distance. You will have refreshments in the lavvo (Sami tent) or outside.

 

 


Dog Sledding, Alta

DOG SLEDDING (TOUR BW)

  • Try your hand at dog sledding – a popular sport in Northern Norway
  • Brace yourself as you take to your sled for an exhilarating journey!
  • Enjoy free time at the dog centre to meet the huskies and see where they live
Activity Tour
Price£185.00 - £195.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity per dept.
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Your guide will tell you about Alta and its history, the economy and culture before you arrive at the dog centre following a short drive. Upon arrival you will be invited to take part in a husky sled ride.

Your experienced sled driver will take you on a short journey, allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenery. You will travel through the pine forest following the banks of the Alta River or up through Altadalen Valley. You will also spend time at the dog centre to learn about how the huskies are trained and prepared for the Finnmarksløpet Race - a true test of stamina and Europe’s longest dog race covering 1,000 kilometres. The dogs love attention and you will have time to say hello, and thank them for your ride, before you return to Alta. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 & 2018 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Before booking this tour, please ensure that your travel insurance will cover you for taking part in the dog sledding. Participants are required to sign an insurance waiver prior to arrival at the dog centre. The minimum age for participation is five years. Walking may be over uneven, deep, snowy ground. Please come suitably dressed in warm clothing for the visit to the dog centre – if necessary you can hire thermal suits, boots and gloves before the sled ride, but this will take time out of your visit. The hire cost is 300 NOK per person (approximately £30) – payable on the day if required. The sled ride will last approximately 20 minutes. For information, the sleds will hold two or three passengers, so couples may be split, and you will sit astride the sled. There will be limited toilet facilities. The dogs are chained near their kennels, but will be happy to see you so may jump up in greeting. This can mean muddy paws. If you are not comfortable with close contact with the dogs, please be sure to keep your distance. You will have refreshments in the lavvo (Sami tent) or outside. In the case of lack of snow, this tour will be operated with a large cart instead.


Hammerfest, Norway

HAMMERFEST

  • Explore Hammerfest, which claims to be the world’s northernmost town
  • Capture the Polar Bear Statue and Meridian Monument on camera to share with friends and family back home
  • Enjoy lunch at a Sami site and experience their way of life
Activity Tour
Price£90.00 - £80.00
DurationApproximately 8 Hours
LimitationLimited Spaces
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Discover Hammerfest, the oldest town in north Norway, which also claims to be the world’s northernmost town.

After a drive through Alta, you will head out into the countryside and experience Arctic nature and the beautiful coastal and inland landscape. Cross the Sennalandet, which is part of the Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau. Here your guide will explain about the Sami people, reindeer herding and the Finnmark region in general. Your guide will also inform you about everyday life and what it is like to live so far north. Continue past Skaidi to Stallogargo and Kvalsund, before making a photo stop, weather permitting, to capture the beautiful views on the way to the northernmost city.

Arriving in Hammerfest, you will visit the Meridian Monument, which is a memorial to an 1800’s project to measure the exact size and shape of the Earth, it is now inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Proceed to Mikkelgammen, situated near Salen, for some lunch. Here you will meet a Sami reindeer herding family and learn about their history and everyday life. Typical Sami food will be served – usually including reindeer meat or smoked fish and cloudberries. After lunch you will visit the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society, which features an exhibition showcasing the town’s proud traditions of hunting and fishing in Arctic areas. Learning about these traditions will teach you that they were necessary for the local people to survive so far into the Arctic Circle.

As you return across the Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau, you may be lucky enough to spot some reindeer.

TOUR IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves walking of approximately 100 metres (328 feet) at the lunch stop as well as walking at the Polar Bear Society, which is during time at leisure. Views are dependent on good weather. The driving time between Alta and Hammerfest will be approximately two and a half hours each way. The lunch menu depends on availability of traditional products – please advise of any special dietary requests when booking this tour. Souvenirs are available to purchase at the Polar Bear Society.  Please note that the tour may operate in a different order to that described.


Cruises to Alta

HAMMERFEST (TOUR KW)

  • Hammerfest claims to be the world’s northernmost town
  • Capture the Polar Bear Statue and Meridian Monument on camera
  • Have lunch at a Sami site and experience their way of life
Activity Tour
Price£110.00- £120.00
DurationApproximately 8 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

After a drive through Alta, you will head out into the countryside and experience Arctic nature and the beautiful coastal and inland landscape.

Cross the Sennalandet which is part of the Finnmarksvidda mountain plateau. Here your guide will explain about the Sami people, reindeer herding and the Finnmark region in general. Continue past Skaiidi to Stallogargo and Kvalsund, before a photo stop, weather permitting, to capture the beautiful view. Arriving in Hammerfest, you will visit the Meridian Monument, which was erected in 1854. It commemorates a project in the 1800s to measure the size of the Earth, and is now inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Continue to Mikkelgammen, situated near Salen, for some lunch. Here you will meet a Sami reindeer herding family and learn about their history and everyday life. After lunch you will visit the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society, which has an exhibition showing the town’s proud traditions of hunting and fishing in Arctic areas.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 & 2018 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves walking of approximately 100 metres at the lunch stop as well as walking at the Polar Bear Society, which is during free time. Views are dependent on good weather. The driving time between Alta and Hammerfest will be approximately two and a half hours each way. Please ensure you have suitable warm clothing – it will be cold and possible snow and ice may make walking conditions difficult. The lunch menu depends on availability of traditional products – please advise of any special dietary requests when booking the tour. Please note that the tour may operate in a different order to that described.


Ride of a lifetime on a snow mobile

IGLOO HOTEL & SNOW MOBILING (TOUR FW)

  • Enjoy the ride of a lifetime on a snow mobile
  • Visit the amazing Igloo Hotel
  • Have a drink in an ice glass
Activity Tour
Price£240.00 - £250.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

The Igloo Hotel is constructed from ice and snow and is situated in idyllic surroundings on the banks of the Alta River. It is the only one of its kind in Norway and has been rebuilt annually since the year 2000.

You will travel by coach from the pier and drive through the city of Alta on your way to Sorrisniva and the Igloo Hotel. On arrival you will be given instructions and warm clothing and safety helmets before mounting the snowmobiles and embarking on your exciting journey. The ground is varied; from forest and valley to unending, snow-covered plains.

Having enjoyed this unique ride, either as a driver or as a passenger, you will have a short visit to the Igloo Hotel where a guided tour will be given. The Igloo Hotel measures approximately 2,000 square metres and has approximately 30 bedrooms, as well as suites, an ice bar and several lounges. The exterior and interior are made from snow and ice: the rooms, beds, even the glasses in the ice bar. The hotel is decorated with ice sculptures which are beautiful pieces of art created by talented sculptors. They are created in harmony with the pure white snow to make a unique atmosphere. The theme of the hotel changes every year and the indoor temperature in the Igloo Hotel is between -4 and -7 degrees Celsius.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 & 2018 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Before booking this tour, please ensure that your travel insurance will cover you for taking part in the snowmobiling. Participants are required to sign an insurance waiver prior to the tour. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over flat, snowy ground both outside and inside the Igloo Hotel and some walking may be over deep and uneven snowy ground. For those wishing to drive, a valid driving licence will need to be taken with you on the day. When two people book together they will share one snowmobile and can share the driving if they wish, in which case both must show their driving licence. Single guests may share a snowmobile, in which case the driving will be shared. Adults wishing to book as passengers must book with a driver - there are no drivers available for guests not wanting to drive themselves. Children aged 12 years and over are permitted as passengers only, and must be booked with an accompanying adult driver. A thermal suit, shoes and gloves and helmet are provided. The snowmobile ride will last between 20 and 30 minutes. One alcoholic drink per person will be included – children aged 12 years and over will be given a non-alcoholic alternative. Please note that, depending on the group size, you may be split on arrival with half the group enjoying the snowmobiling while the other half of the group visit the Igloo Hotel, before swapping.


Alta & Tirpitz Museum, Alta, Norway

INTRODUCTION TO ALTA & THE TIRPITZ MUSEUM

  • Travel through Alta and hear about life in the Arctic Circle
  • The Tirpitz was a German battleship stationed in waters close to Alta in World War II
  • Learn about this important part of Norwegian history

 

Activity Tour
Price£47.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Enjoy an introduction to the Arctic city of Alta before visiting the Tirpitz Museum.

Departing the quayside, embark on a drive through Alta. The route taken will pass the Nordlyskatedralen (Northern Lights Cathedral) which opened in February 2013. The cathedral is an architectural gem blending natural and spiritual themes in a modern way. The architect, John Lassen, wondered if the Northern Lights could be represented in his design and he has created an ethereal, vaporous, spiralling form, with titanium cladding which serves as a blurry mirror.

Southwest of Alta, along the Alta Fjord, the German Navy stationed its largest battleship, Tirpitz, just offshore from the little town of Kåfjord during World War II. The Tirpitz was stationed here for almost two years, along with a force of German soldiers that outnumbered Norwegian residents in the area. The Tirpitz Museum is a small museum home to a range of objects that have been collected over time by Even Blomkvist. Displays include artefacts and photographs charting the espionage, submarine attacks and air raids against the ship, as well as the final sinking in 1944 near Tromsø. On arrival at the museum, your group will be divided in two. A short film will be shown to one group while the other half will have a guided tour of the museum, and afterwards the groups will swap.

On the return trip to Alta, you’ll pass by some sights of Alta, and your guide will relate some of the history of the town, along with stories from the present day.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. The walk to the museum is uphill and may slippery if wet, and there are six steps to negotiate. You will be at the museum for approximately one and a half hours.

 


The Tirpitz Museum, Alta, Norway

INTRODUCTION TO ALTA & THE TIRPITZ MUSEUM (TOUR JW)

  • Travel through Alta and hear about life in the Arctic Circle
  • The Tirpitz was a German battleship – stationed in waters close to Alta in World War II
  • Learn about this important part of Norwegian history
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity per dept
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Enjoy an introduction to the Arctic city of Alta before visiting the Tirpitz Museum.

The route taken will pass the Nordlyskatedralen (Northern Lights Cathedral) which opened in February 2013. The cathedral is an architectural gem blending natural and spiritual themes in a modern way.

Southwest of Alta, along the Alta Fjord, the German Navy stationed its largest battleship, Tirpitz, just off shore from the little town of Kåfjord during World War II. After sustaining major damage during one of several attacks against it, Tirpitz was towed out to the coast, where it was eventually sunk by Allied bombers.

The Tirpitz Museum is a small museum with a range of objects that have been collected over time by Even Blomkvist. On arrival a short film will be shown to one group while the other half will have a guided tour of the museum, and afterwards the groups will swap.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 & 2018 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There will be approximately 50 metres of walking to and from the coach as well as approximately 100 metres to and from the museum. The walk to the museum is uphill and may be icy or snowy, and there are six steps, therefore the tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. You will be at the museum for approximately one and a half hours. .


Restaurant in Alta, Norway

LUNCH WITH A LOCAL

  • Enjoy a warm welcome as you are invited to a family home for lunch
  • Savour fresh local traditional food
  • Gain a glimpse into the Norwegian way of life
Activity Tour
Price£70.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

Be invited into the home of a Norwegian family home and enjoy a typical local lunch.

Leaving the quayside you will travel to meet a local Norwegian – a family of six. The two oldest children have moved out and study in the south of Norway, while the youngest, Hanna (15 years old) and Emma (13 years old), help run the family’s dog kennel business. Their mother, Trine, is a dog musher and takes part in races and trips while their father, Johnny, is a renowned chef and an ice sculpture artist. They cannot wait to welcome you in their home for lunch!

After hearing about their way of life and after they have you around their family home, you will delight in a typical Norwegian lunch – cooked by Johnny. After sitting down with the family and enjoying the home-cooked meal, it will be time to say farewell and return to your awaiting ship. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there will be a minimal amount of walking, however there may be cobblestones and steps to negotiate. We would like to advise all guests that you are being invited into a family home, therefore you are asked to respect the home as your own, and manners are required. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. If you have any food allergies or dietary requirments, we cannot promise that alternative food/drink can be offered during the tour.


Overnight in Sorrisniva Hotel

OVERNIGHT AT THE SORRISNIVA IGLOO HOTEL (TOUR GW)

  • How many people can say they have stayed in an Igloo Hotel?
  • This exclusive tour will give you that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
  • A perfect Christmas treat

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE - PLEASE RETURN YOUR COMPLETED SHORE TOUR BOOKING FORM, OR E-MAIL YOUR TOUR REQUEST TO shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk

 

Activity Tour
PriceFrom £390.00 - £460.00
Duration1 night
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Usually closed to overnight guests during the Christmas period, we have been able to secure a limited number of rooms for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines guests looking for a memorable experience.

Marvel at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel - situated in idyllic surroundings on the banks of the Alta River. Combining a unique design with local craftsmanship, it has been rebuilt annually since the year 2000, and is a fresh and exciting location to visit. It measures approximately 2,000 square metres and has approximately 30 bedrooms, as well as suites, an ice bar and wedding chapel. The hotel is decorated with ice sculptures which are beautiful pieces of art created by talented sculptors. They are created in harmony with the pure white snow to make a fairytale-like atmosphere. The theme of the hotel changes every year and the indoor temperature in the Igloo Hotel is between -4 and -7 degrees Celsius.

On arrival at the Igloo Hotel you will receive a guided tour of the facilities. In the ice bar a drink will be served in a glass made of ice and you will enjoy a delicious dinner sourced from local ingredients in the restaurant.

Thanks to reindeer hides and an arctic sleeping bag, despite the sub-zero temperature your icy bed will be warm enough for you to have a comfortable night. Early morning you will be able to enjoy a sauna or shower before a typical smorgasbord breakfast. There will be the possibility of pre booking a snow mobile ride, at an extra cost – please see the following notes below.

This tour has limited capacity; and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We understand that this tour may be one of the highlights of your cruise, but please appreciate that the hotel is open exclusively for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, and once the capacity has been reached it will not be possible for us to secure further rooms at the Igloo Hotel – your understanding with this matter will be greatly appreciated.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE - PLEASE RETURN YOUR COMPLETED SHORE TOUR BOOKING FORM, OR E-MAIL YOUR TOUR REQUEST TO shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk
 
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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Participants on this tour must be suitably dressed for both day and night. Please come dressed in warm outer layers and shoes or boots. Woollen underwear and socks and hat are recommended for overnight. Your bedroom will contain just a bed and will have a curtain rather than a door. The heated service building next to the hotel has toilets, changing rooms, showers, sauna and restaurant and also contains a luggage room for safe storage. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over flat, snowy ground and some walking may be over deep and uneven snowy ground. One alcoholic drink per person will be included in the Ice Bar – under 18s will be given a non-alcoholic alternative. Meals are served with water – additional drinks (beer or wine) may be purchased if required. The menu will be based on local, seasonal produce - if you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of booking. This tour is not guided – you will have a provisional itinerary and be welcomed on arrival and there is always someone available at reception in case of any concerns.

For those interested in adding the optional snowmobiling, please ensure that your travel insurance will cover you for taking part in this activity and please read the following notes. Participants are required to sign an insurance waiver prior to the tour. For those wishing to drive, a valid driving licence will be needed on the day. When two people book together they will share one snowmobile and can share the driving if they wish, in which case both must take their driving licence. Single guests may share a snowmobile, in

which case the driving will be shared. Adults wishing to book as passengers must book with a driver Children aged 12 years and over are permitted as passengers only, and must be booked with an accompanying adult driver. A thermal suit, shoes and gloves and helmet are provided. The snowmobiling will be in the morning, prior to departure from the Igloo Hotel.

There is a pre booking deadline for this tour – usually fourteen days in advance – after this date the tour will be on a request basis, and will be non-refundable.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR CAN NOT BE BOOKED ON OUR WEBSITE - PLEASE E-MAIL YOUR REQUEST TO shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk or add the tour to your shore tour booking form and return by post


Cruises to Alta

OVERNIGHT IN A SAMI TENT & DOG SLEDDING (TOUR NW)

  • Spend the night in a luxury tipi cabin at Holmen Husky Lodge
  • Take an exciting husky-pulled sled or buggy ride
  • Have a relaxing evening looking for the Northern Lights

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE - PLEASE RETURN YOUR COMPLETED SHORE TOUR BOOKING FORM, OR E-MAIL YOUR TOUR REQUEST TO shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk

Activity Tour
PriceFrom £380.00 - £430.00
DurationOne night
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

For an exclusive overnight experience, this tour will be hard to beat.

On arrival at Holmen Husky Lodge you will be kitted out with appropriate winter clothing in preparation for a dog sled ride through the countryside. With one or two guests per sled, one of the qualified guides will drive the sled and tell you about what is seen on the way. Depending on the amount of snow on the ground, the dogs will pull either a traditional dog sled or a buggy with wheels.

After the dog sled trip you will head indoors, change clothes and enjoy a dinner of local produce in the warm and modern facilities. There is also a spa area with an outside Jacuzzi and sauna (available at extra cost if requested). Keep an eye out for a glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights.

You will spend the night in a luxury tipi cabin, furnished just like a hotel room with a queen-sized bed, electric light and a stove which you will keep burning through the night. The tents have a thick layer of insulation so you will be warm and comfortable. The bed is also prepared with warm sheets and wool blankets in case you feel cold. One section of the cabin has been replaced with a full height window - if the night is clear you can watch the stars travel past overhead, and if you are lucky you may get a glimpse of the local light show - the Northern Lights. The tents are located beside the dog yard, so you can hear the dogs sing in the evening, before they settle down for the night.

In the morning you will have a cooked breakfast before returning, with your memories, to the ship.

This tour has limited capacity, and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We understand that this tour may be one of the highlights of your cruise, but please appreciate that once the capacity has been reached it will not be possible to take more bookings - your understanding with this matter will be greatly appreciated.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE - PLEASE RETURN YOUR COMPLETED SHORE TOUR BOOKING FORM, OR E-MAIL YOUR TOUR REQUEST TO shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Before booking this tour, please ensure that your travel insurance will cover you for taking part in the dog sledding. Participants are required to sign an insurance waiver prior to arrival at the dog centre. The minimum age to participate is five years old — please note all children must be accompanied by an adult and would share the bed with them. Participants on this tour must be suitably dressed — for both day and night. You will sleep in a small, private tipi cabin and there are toilets and showers in a separate building just a few steps away. Walking may be over uneven snowy ground. Meals are served with water – additional drinks (beer or wine) may be purchased if desired. The menu will be based on local produce and usually includes reindeer meat - if you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of booking. Please note that this tour is not guided and is not exclusive to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines guests. You will have a provisional itinerary and be welcomed on arrival and there is always someone available in case of any concerns.

Please note that if you wish to use the sauna and jacuzzi you must request these once on board — if available there is a supplement of around 350 NOK per person, payable at the time of use (correct at time of print).

The sled ride will last approximately 20 minutes. For information, the sleds will hold one or two passengers, so couples may be split, and you will sit astride the sled. The dogs are chained near their kennels, but will be happy to see you so may jump up in greeting. This can mean muddy paws. If you are not comfortable with close contact with the dogs, please be sure to keep your distance.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS NOT BOOKABLE ON OUR WEBSITE - PLEASE RETURN YOUR COMPLETED SHORE TOUR BOOKING FORM, OR E-MAIL YOUR TOUR REQUEST TO shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk


PÆSKATUN SLATE (TOUR MW)

  • Learn about the area’s traditional slate industry, still in operation today
  • Observe an expert craftsman cutting and shaping slate
  • Use slate scissors to make your own souvenir
Activity Tour
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 2 ½ hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Shopping time includedShopping time included

A short drive from the centre of Alta you will find Pæskatun – a slate quarry on the mountainside of the Alta Valley. Here, you will experience how the world renowned Alta sSlate is produced and even get to craft your own souvenir to take home.

Slate mining represents a long and important part of Alta’s economic and cultural life. Almost every family of Alta has had, or still has, at least one miner that has supported his family by doing the hard work of slate mining. On the journey from the ship, you will have passed many homes with Pæskatun slate on the roof.

On arrival, you will be welcomed in to the production hall, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a fascinating presentation about slate mining, as well as a demonstration of both ancient and modern techniques of splitting and cutting the slate into tiles. You will even have the opportunity to be one of the first people to touch the 700 million year old mica that will be revealed when splitting the block, before trying your hand at crafting a piece of slate into a unique souvenir to take home.

Browse the numerous historical items of slate mining on display, as well as the gifts and souvenirs made from slate which can be purchased at the site. Furthermore, you can appreciate the fantastic views over the Alta Valley, the city, and the fjord and mountains.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a limited amount of walking, approximately 50 metres (165 feet) at Pæskatun, from the coach to the various buildings. This tour is considered suitable for all guests providing they can get on and off the coach unaided. The ground is flat but may be covered in ice and snow, and therefore may be slippery. There are also steps in the production hall, where seating is available for all guests while watching the demonstration. Please note that the slate cutting demonstration involves tools that produce loud noises, for a short duration. Coffee and tea are available at an additional charge. Whilst toilet facilities are available at Pæskatun, they are basic.


SAMI EXPERIENCE & REINDEER SLEDDING (TOUR SW)

  • Meet a traditional Sami family
  • Enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride
  • Gain an insight in to Sami culture
Activity Tour
Price£235.00 - £245.00
DurationApproximately 4 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

The Sami, the indigenous people in northern Norway, have a vibrant and colourful culture, both past and present. This tour provides an opportunity for guests to learn more about their way of life.

Leaving the quayside, sit back and admire the scenery during the approximate one hour drive south of Alta, to the tiny Sami village of Maze. Along the way, your guide will entertain you with tales about the many aspects of life in Alta and Norway.

Arriving in Maze, you will be greeted by a member of a Sami reindeer herding family. After introductions, climb aboard reindeer-pulled sleds for a peaceful ride along a frozen river. There will be several sleds tied together, and the ride will be at a slow pace, but you are sure to enjoy the experience.

As the sleds glide along, with just the sound of crunching snow and reindeer bells, it is easy to forget about time. On return, you will be invited in to a large tipi  called a ‘lavvo’, where you will sit around the central fire on warm reindeer pelts on the ground. As you warm up with a helping of bidos – a traditional reindeer and potato stew – your hosts will regale you with stories about Sami traditions and experiences. Feel free to ask questions to learn more about the traditional clothing and modern life. You will even hear a sample of ‘joiking’, the time-honoured form of Sami song, before returning to your awaiting ship full of knowledge of this nomadic culture.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over snowy and icy terrain, and is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Before booking this tour, please ensure that your travel insurance policy will cover you for taking part in the reindeer sledding. Please come suitably dressed for the visit to the camp and sleigh ride – you will require warm clothing (layers are best); sturdy, warm and waterproof shoes, gloves and a hat. Guests will be sitting on reindeer hides on the ground in the lavvo. The sled ride will be at walking pace (the reindeer will be led), and will cover approximately 500 metres (1,640 feet). For your information, each sled will hold one or two guests.


SKIING AT SARVES ALTA (TOUR UW)

  • Take to the slopes to enjoy a variety of ski runs
  • Admire stunning views over the Altafjord
  • Enjoy warming soup for lunch
Activity Tour
Price£165.00 - £175.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Feeling energetic? This is an opportunity to enjoy some skiing (or snowboarding) at SarvesAlta, a ski and winter fun centre located just outside Alta.

After you have collected your rental equipment, you will have approximately four hours to enjoy your surroundings before returning to your ship.

SarvesAlta has five downhill runs with different intensities and plenty of opportunities to enjoy off-piste skiing, along with jumps and rails in their snow park. If your skis are the cross-country kind, you’re in luck – SarvesAlta has a set of cross-country tracks surrounding the centre.

If you don’t ski or snowboard, but would like to learn a new skill, you can book time with an instructor to teach you for 360 NOK per hour (price correct at time of going to print).

Warm up in the cosy cafeteria with a warm soup before returning to the slopes.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour is very dependent upon favourable snow conditions. Should there be a lack of snow, or if the ski lift to reach the slopes in closed, then this tour will be cancelled and refunded in full. Before booking this tour, please ensure that your travel insurance policy will cover you for skiing. Walking will be over uneven, slightly hilly and snowy ground. Due to the type of tour and the terrain encountered, this tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. A standard level of fitness is required, but no prior experience is needed. It is essential to wear warm clothes and a hat. Soup is included for lunch, additional snacks and drinks are available to purchase at an additional charge.


Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway

SORRISNIVA IGLOO HOTEL (TOUR EW)

  • Experience the extraordinary Igloo Hotel - the only one of its kind in Norway
  • Visit the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel - situated in idyllic surroundings
  • The exterior and interior are made from snow and ice: the rooms, beds, even the glasses in the ice bar!
Activity Tour
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Travel by coach from the pier and drive through the city of Alta on your way to Sorrisniva and the Igloo Hotel. Arriving at the hotel a short explanation will be given before you enter. The guide will join the group inside the hotel and will be available to answer any questions you may have.

The Igloo Hotel measures approximately 2,000 square metres and has approximately 30 bedrooms, as well as suites, an ice bar and several lounges. The hotel is decorated with ice sculptures which are beautiful pieces of art created by talented sculptors. They are created in harmony with the pure white snow to make a unique atmosphere. The theme of the hotel changes every year and the indoor temperature in the Igloo Hotel is between -4 and -7 degrees Celsius.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately 50 metres of walking over flat, snowy and icy ground both outside and inside the Igloo Hotel; and is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Your time at the hotel will be your own, with the guide on hand to answer any queries. One alcoholic drink per person will be included – under 18s can participate and will be given a non-alcoholic alternative. Ice grips can be worn inside the Igloo Hotel but they must be removed before entering the adjacent wooden service building that houses the reception area and toilets.


Northern Lights Cruises

THE FURTIVE NORTHERN LIGHTS (TOUR AW)

  • Look for the elusive Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights
  • Head out from Alta to experience this fantastic natural phenomenon
  • Learn how to take photos of this once-in-a-lifetime experience

 

Activity Tour
Price£120.00 - £130.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

­The aurora has always fascinated mankind and people travel thousands of miles to see the brilliant light shows in the sky. The auroras generally occur along the ’auroral ovals’, which centre on the magnetic poles (not the geographic poles) and roughly correspond with the Arctic and Antarctic circles. The lights from cities and populated areas will reduce the possibility of seeing the aurora as its degree of intensity varies.

The best chance to see the aurora is therefore to leave the city behind and head out where the air is less polluted by artificial light. You will travel by coach, either along the coast of Finnmark or inland (depending on the forecast conditions) to where clear skies are most likely. At a pre-selected location, which could be a mountain cabin, café or sports motel, you will follow your guide to a peaceful spot and look out  for the Northern Lights.

There is no guarantee you will see the Northern Lights, but this tour provides a good chance.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Participants must dress correctly and expect to spend plenty of time outside in the cold (and possibly snow) looking for the Northern Lights. Solid, warm boots, warm trousers, jacket, gloves and a hat are essential for your comfort. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over snowy and icy terrain, and is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Walking of 300 to 600 metres can be expected. The duration of the drive to the chosen location will depend on the forecast and the area you need to travel to (it will be a drive of between 15 and 60 minutes) and the duration of the stop will depend on whether anything is seen. The locations used vary but there will be a heated building and also a lavvo or tent with a fire but please note that seats will be very limited. Please ensure you take all belongings with you from the coach, as you may return on a different coach. Please note that the Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon and there is absolutely no guarantee that it will be seen during your tour.


Snow Shoe Trek, Norway

TOUR RW - SNOW SHOE TREK

  • Trek through the Arctic countryside using snowshoes
  • Don’t forget your camera to capture some of the many photo-opportunities
Activity Tour
Price£105.00 - £115.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Enjoy a snowshoe trek through Alta’s forests, and have a go at ice fishing in the wilderness!

Snowshoes were first used by hunters and trappers in Central Asia more than 6,000 years ago, and their use quickly spread to many other parts of the world as people migrated and settled in new areas. They became a necessity for areas that typically have a lot of snow in the winter months, and many consider their invention to be one of the most important human inventions – on par with the wheel.

Following a short drive from Alta, meet your guide and don your snowshoes ready to set off for your hike through a snow-covered pine forest. You will trek to the GLØD wilderness camp, where you will find a large lavvo (Sami tent). Try your hand at ice fishing, before being welcomed in to relax by a warming fire and enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee or cocoa, along with a homemade pastry. You will also have the opportunity to taste the Arctic char which you may have caught earlier in your visit.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one kilometre of walking over snow and ice, some of this terrain may be steep. Therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please come suitably dressed for the snowshoe trek – solid, warm boots, warm trousers, jacket, gloves and a warm hat are essential for your comfort, and sunglasses may be required. The adventure will last for approximately two hours. Please note that this tour is very dependent upon favourable snow conditions. Unfortunately should there be a lack of snow then this tour will be cancelled and refunded in full. For reference, there are no toilet facilities available at the GLØD wilderness camp.


Fat Bike Tour, Alta, Norway

TOUR TW - FAT BIKE TOUR

  • Explore one of the many trails in the Alta Valley using this unique transport method
  • Tyres of up to five inches thick make cycling on snow possible
Activity Tour
Price£110.00 - £120.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Join an unforgettable nature-based experience with a generous dose of exercise included for good measure.

After an approximate 15 minute drive, you will be greeted by your guide and introduced to your fatbike - similar to a standard pedal bike, but with extra wide tyres to make cycling in the snow possible. Once accustomed, it is time to set off on your ride exploring the Alta Valley. Stop en route at one of the many rustic shelters to light a fire and enjoy a snack accompanied by tea or coffee.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one and a half hours on the bike, over some steep terrain that will be snowy and icy. Therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The length of the tour will be determined on the participant’s fitness level and cycling experience. Guests are reminded to come suitably dressed – solid warm boots, warm trousers, jacket, gloves and a warm hat are essential for your comfort, and sunglasses may be required. Helmets will be provided for all participants, and are compulsory. Please note that this is an activity tour, and whilst wildlife may be seen, it cannot be guaranteed. For reference, toilet facilities will be available before and after the fatbike ride.


Husky dog in Alta, Norway

VISITING THE HUSKIES (TOUR OW)

  • Meet and spend time with some of the huskies
  • Hear all about the history of the dogs from owner Trine Lyrek
  • Enjoy free time at the dog centre and see where the huskies live
Activity Tour
Price£105.00 - £115.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Enjoy a special meeting with around 40 happy huskies and become acquainted as you learn more about Finnmarksløpet — the world’s northernmost dog sled race.

Arriving where the huskies’ call home you will meet the owner Trine Lyrek. You will also spend time at the dog centre to learn about how the huskies are trained and prepared for the Finnmarksløpet Race — a true test of stamina and Europe’s longest dog race covering 1,000 kilometres.

You will also enjoy a visit to the kennels to get to know the dogs. The dogs are not only tremendous athletes, but they are also well mannered: they love it when visitors arrive. Do not forget your camera, as you will get the opportunity to pet and cuddle the dogs, before you return to Alta. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Walking may be over uneven, deep snowy ground. Please come suitably dressed in warm clothing (layers are best) for the visit to the dog centre. There will be limited toilet facilities. The dogs are chained near their kennels, but will be happy to see you so may jump up in greeting. This can mean muddy paws. If you are not comfortable with close contact with the dogs, please be sure to keep your distance. You will have refreshments in a log cabin or outside. Please note that this tour does not include a sled ride.

 


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