Alta Cruises

Red bay houses, Alta, norway
Red bay houses, Alta, norway
Northern lights across Alta, Norway

As one of the best places on earth to witness the Northern Lights in winter, and experience the sensation of the Midnight Sun in summer, Alta is a truly magical destination. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Sami people, the area has a fascinating cultural history. Rock carvings in nearby Hjemmeluft are believed to date from around 4,200 to 500 BC. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the carvings on display in the Alta Museum are evidence of the existence of human activity in the far north during prehistoric times.

Alta needed rebuilding after World War II, so the buildings of this northern Norwegian port are relatively new; notable architecture includes the Northern Lights Cathedral.  [ReadMoreMob]A particular highlight in the winter months is the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Everything inside and outside the hotel is made of ice, and is open to visitors from January until it melts away in spring.

The head of the Altafjord, where the Altaelva runs through the town, is 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.

Cruises to Alta

 Reindeers in the snow Reindeers in the snow Guests on board at Christmas time

Norwegian White Christmas • T2130

 Southampton
Bolette
Mon 20 Dec 2021
15 nights
  • Experience New Year celebrations in Norway
  • Enjoy a memorable Christmas with all the trimmings
  • You can explore the unique ‘Blue Town’ of Sortland
Northern lights over Alta, Norway Northern lights over Alta, Norway Northern lights in Alta, Norway

In Search of the Aurora Borealis • S2126

 Liverpool
Borealis
Tue 16 Nov 2021
16 nights
  • Revel in the early winter wonders of Northern Norway
  • Arctic Norway is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights
  • Enjoy an overnight stay in attraction-packed Tromso
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines funnel with the Northern Lights, Norway Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines funnel with the Northern Lights, Norway Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines funnel with the Northern Lights, Norway

In Search of the Northern Lights • L2135

 Portsmouth
Balmoral
Thu 04 Nov 2021
13 nights
  • Revel in the early winter wonders of Norway
  • Opportunity to embark on a thrilling husky-sled
  • Chance to see the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis
Northern lights in Tromso, Norway Northern lights in Tromso, Norway Northern lights in Tromso, Norway

In Search of the Northern Lights • T2205

 Southampton
Bolette
Thu 24 Mar 2022
14 nights
  • Get closer to the wintertime scenes of Arctic Norway
  • Seek out the remarkable Aurora Borealis
  • A cable car ride to the peak of Mount Storsteinen
Northern lights in Tromso, Norway Northern lights in Tromso, Norway Northern lights in Tromso, Norway

In Search of the Northern Lights • L2230

 Dover
Balmoral
Fri 04 Nov 2022
14 nights
  • Overnights in Alta and Tromsø to spot Aurora Borealis
  • Spend time with the Sámi people in Tromsø
  • Cross the Arctic Circle
Dog sledging in Tromso, under the northern lights, Norway Dog sledging in Tromso, under the northern lights, Norway Dog sledging in Tromso, under the northern lights, Norway

White Christmas in Norway • T2232

 Tilbury
Bolette
Wed 21 Dec 2022
13 nights
  • Experience life with the Sami people
  • Go in search of the Northern Lights
  • Experience a Norwegian Dog Sled tour
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Borealis Searches for the Northern Lights • S2301

 Liverpool
Borealis
Thu 05 Jan 2023
15 nights
  • Search for the Northern Lights in Alta & Tromso
  • Spend time with traditional Sami people in the wilderness
  • Sail across the Arctic Circle