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

In Search of the Northern Lights

In Search of the Northern Lights

Departs: Southampton • Tue 16 Feb 2021
13 nights • Balmoral • L2104

  • Exploring Arctic Norway in the winter, you’ll revel in the jaw-dropping scenes and seasonal beauty of Europe’s northernmost region at the most magical time of the year to visit.
  • You can enjoy an array of authentic wintertime experiences, including a husky-sled ride through sparking snow-covered landscapes and a chance to explore the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.
  • The icing on the cake will be a chance to witness the astounding Northern Lights. Stopping overnight at Alta, you may – if you’re lucky – see Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring light show illuminate the night sky.

From £1,499pp

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In Search of the Aurora Borealis

In Search of the Aurora Borealis

Departs: Liverpool • Tue 16 Nov 2021
16 nights • Borealis • S2126

  • Revel in the early winter wonders of Northern Norway – awaiting you are dramatic landscapes, exhilarating adventures, and chances to seek-out the spectacular Aurora Borealis.
  • Arctic Norway is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights; with luck on your side, you might get to witness this colourful natural phenomena illuminate clear night skies.
  • Enjoy an overnight stay in attraction-packed Tromso too; immerse yourself in Alta’s Sami heritage; go husky sledding into the wilderness surrounding Narvik; and even encounter native Arctic wildlife.

From £1,999pp

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Norwegian White Christmas

Norwegian White Christmas

Departs: Southampton • Mon 20 Dec 2021
15 nights • Bolette • T2130

  • Immerse yourself in the wintertime scenes and experience magical Christmas and New Year celebrations in Norway, and ensure your festive season is simply unforgettable.
  • Enjoy a memorable Christmas with all the trimmings on Bolette; seek-out the Northern Lights in Alta on Boxing Day; and see-in 2022 in style in beautiful Bergen.
  • You can explore the unique ‘Blue Town’ of Sortland; create your own Arctic art at the handcrafted Sorrisniva Ice Hotel; and much more too.

From £2,599pp

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