Alta Cruises

Borealis docked in Alta, Norway
Borealis docked in 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

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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
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In Search of the Northern Lights • S2228A

 Liverpool
Borealis
Sun 13 Nov 2022
11 nights
  • Visit Tromsø for a chance to seek-out Aurora Borealis amongst the Arctic wilderness, away from light-polluted skies.
  • Experience a taste of Sami community life at Alta; and explore the unique 'blue town' of Sortland. 
  • Scenic cruise by Torghatten and the Seven Sisters mountains too.
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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
  • Sail across the Arctic Circle
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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
Northern Lights in the sky, Tromso, Norway. Northern Lights in the sky, Tromso, Norway. Northern Lights in the sky, Tromso, Norway.

In Search of the Northern Lights • T2304

 Tilbury
Bolette
Sat 11 Feb 2023
12 nights
  • Enjoy a thrilling husky ride from Bodø
  • Seek out the breath-taking Northern Lights in Alta
  • Explore the 'Gateway to the Arctic' city of Tromsø
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In Search of the Northern Lights in Nine Nights • T2305

 Newcastle
Bolette
Thu 09 Mar 2023
9 nights
  • Seek out the enigmatic Aurora Borealis from Alta
  • Visit the iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø 
  • Explore Alesund to the full as Bolette docks close to the city centre
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In Search of the Northern Lights in Nine Nights • T2306

 Newcastle
Bolette
Sat 18 Mar 2023
9 nights
  • Spend time with the fascinating Sami people in Alta
  • Take the cable car up Mount Storsteinen in Tromsø 
  • Revel in the stunning scenery in Bodø
Tromso city as seen from Mount Storsteinen under the Midnight Sun in Norway. Tromso city as seen from Mount Storsteinen under the Midnight Sun in Norway. Tromso city as seen from Mount Storsteinen under the Midnight Sun in Norway.

Exploring Northern Norway - the Land of the Midnight Sun • S2312

 Liverpool
Borealis
Tue 04 Jul 2023
15 nights
  • Experience an unforgettable discovery of Northern Norway
  • Cross the Arctic Circle, visit the North Cape and witness the Midnight Sun
  • Explore Tromsø; learn of Sami traditions; and see the beauty of Bodo too
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In Search of the Northern Lights • L2328

 Southampton
Balmoral
Thu 21 Dec 2023
14 nights
  • Revel in Arctic Norway’s winter wonders, from its snowy landscapes to the astonishing Northern Lights
  • Go husky sledding from Narvik and, in Alta, seek-out Aurora Borealis and connect with Sami culture
  • Experience unforgettable scenic cruising on Christmas Day, and celebrate New Year’s Eve at Ålesund
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In Search of the Northern Lights • L2404

 Southampton
Balmoral
Wed 14 Feb 2024
14 nights
  • An incredible Arctic adventure packed with memorable experiences
  • Mush a team of huskies on an Arctic sledding adventure
  • Capture the beauty of Arctic wilderness and stunning natural landmarks