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

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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
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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
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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
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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