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Alta

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Alta: Small-Group Guided Northern Lights Tour

1. Alta: Small-Group Guided Northern Lights Tour

Join this tour and get in on the excitement of hunting for Northern Lights in the beautiful landscapes of the Alta Fjord. Meet your experienced guides who can show you how to best spot the Northern Lights. This tour comes with an 80-90% chance of seeing this spectacular natural phenomenon. Cozy up and lie down on a reindeer skin while you try to spot the lights. Hear stories about the Norwegian way of life and learn local history about the Stone Age, Sami culture, reindeer-herding, wildlife, and modern society in Alta and Finnmark. During the tour, enjoy some warm and cold snacks and beverages, including vegan alternatives, before arriving back at the Alta Center just past midnight.

Northern Lights Adventure By Snowmobile

2. Northern Lights Adventure By Snowmobile

The highlight of any trip above the arctic circle: experiencing the magical northern lights dance across the sky. The mystery of light has given us many myths and legends over the years. Everything from heroes who lit up the sky to mysterious fire foxes and warnings of danger. The dry and stable climate in Alta provides the best conditions for seeing the Northern Lights. On this trip we combine the excitement of snowmobiling with experiencing the northern lights dancing across the sky. We take you along the old postal road up to the very edge of Finnmarksvidda to a mountain range called Beskardes. Far away from the lights of the city this trip provides the ideal conditions to see the northern lights in a beautiful winter landscape. If we are lucky we will get to see the magnificent northern lights dancing across the sky on our trip, or be treated with a beautiful arctic night sky. No previous experience is required to drive a snowmobile. All you need is a regular driver’s license, and it’s as simple as it is fun. A thorough safety introduction and driving instruction will be given before the trip starts. You will ride in pairs, a driver and a passenger on each snowmobile, with the opportunity to change seats during the trip. The Tour 17:55 Meet us at our Æverntyr Adventure Store in the city center 5-10 minutes before the start of the Tour. From here we will drive you to Gargia Valley, approx. 25km from Alta. 18:30 We arrive at Gargia Lodge. Here you will meet your guide and get a briefing about today’s trip. You will also receive thermosuits, boots and gloves for the trip. 19:00 After getting dressed you will receive a safety briefing on the snowmobiles. Now we are ready and can start our adventure. 20:00 We will arrive at Beskades. Here we will take a short stop and enjoy the amazing view in all directions before heading back down to Gargia Lodge. 21:15 We arrive back at Gargia Lodge. 22:00 We will drop you off in the city center where we started our trip.

From Alta: Nighttime Northern Lights Spotting Tour

3. From Alta: Nighttime Northern Lights Spotting Tour

Explore and try to experience the northern lights on an evening tour looking for this fantastic phenomenon. Start the evening with a small lecture about the northern lights to learn how they occur, then we look at the conditions for this particular evening. Follow guides with local knowledge to find the best places to experience the Northern Lights dancing in the night sky. Be outfitted in thermo suits, boots, and gloves for the trip and set off with your guide, who will drive you to the best spots to see the northern lights. Continue searching if the lights are not visible, depending on the weather the tour might not have to drive far. Enjoy the show as your guide will bring warm tea/coffee and snacks. Finish the tour around 11 and head back to the adventure store.

Alta: Alta Fjord Whale Watching Tour

4. Alta: Alta Fjord Whale Watching Tour

Join us for a whale watching tour in Alta Fjord and experience Northern Norway's most majestic creatures up close. A winter tour in Alta Fjord can be a magical experience. Yes, it may be cold, but it might be worth it for a chance to catch sight of whales. Recently, whales have appeared in Alta Fjord. The whales have migrated further north, allowing us to observe them in our area. The two most common species in Alta Fjord are sperm whales and killer whales (orcas), but there are also good opportunities to see porpoises and hourglass dolphins. You will be amazed by the playful and curious behavior of the youngest whales. Please note: There is no guarantee we always find whales or if the weather is optimal to spot whales. If we don't see any whales within two hours of the tour the captain can suggest changing the tour to a King Crab Tour if the weather conditions allows it, or we can keep searching for whales.

Alta: Guided Snowmobile Safari on Finnmarksvidda With Snacks

5. Alta: Guided Snowmobile Safari on Finnmarksvidda With Snacks

Some people say that being on the mountain plateau of Finnmarksvidda is like reaching the end of the world. And there is where we plan to take you in this adventurous tour. Driving a snowmobile is quite easy and fun and a great way to be in direct contact with the Arctic nature. After the pick-up, we will drive you to our office to provided you with warm outdoor clothes and other required gear. We will explain you more about the plans for the day and give you a safety briefing. At the office you can also leave anything you don’t need to bring on the tour. Then we will drive in our minibus to the place where our snowmobiles are parked (approximately 30 minutes from Alta city). Before the tour starts, you will get instructions and practical demonstrations on how to drive the snowmobile. When you book the activity you have to be aware that we offer two options with two different prices: - Single driver: You drive your snowmobile alone without passenger. - Shared snowmobile: This you choose just if you are coming with a family member or a friend. Then you drive in pairs (one driver and one passenger per snowmobile), with the opportunity to switch places during the tour. Throughout the tour there will be some stops for taking photos of the majestic landscape and our guide will be happy to share with you his knowledge about the history of the area. You will be offered warm beverages and snacks. This is a real experience for truly adventurous people. Important: If you are reserving alone you should book single driver and not shared.

From Alta: Adventure Cruise in Alta Fjord

6. From Alta: Adventure Cruise in Alta Fjord

Alta is known for multitudes, and its diverse environment ranks at the top of the list, closely followed by the calm aura that envelops the region. This adventure cruise by Icecube of Aurora takes you to the best locations in Alta Fjord, allowing you to go bird watching, as well as witness flora and fauna in their natural habitat. While cruising through the water, the captain will tell you all about Alta's rich history, including 'Tirpitz,' the German warship, the English ore mines, and the Northern Lights Observatory. Time flies as you listen to these fascinating stories. This tour will also take you to unique places where you can see beautiful birds. If you're interested in bird watching, you'll spot various birds on the cruise, including storm swallows, seagulls, cormorants, and the mighty sea eagle, to name a few. While the boat travels in Alta Fjord, you might also occasionally catch sight of porpoises.

From Alta: Snowmobile Morning Adventure

7. From Alta: Snowmobile Morning Adventure

Finnmark is home to the vast Finnmarksvidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau. With vast views in all directions, Finnmarksvidda is the ideal location to be explored by snowmobile. On this trip, we take you outside of Alta to our historic, 150-year-old mountain lodge in Gargia Valley. After preparing you for the adventurous ride ahead we take you along the old postal road up to the very edge of Finnmarksvidda to a mountain range called Beskades. Through snow-covered forests, we make our way up to the expansive mountain plains. Here you can embrace the true arctic wilderness, surrounded by only snow and the sky in all directions. You will learn about our history and the lifestyle of the Arctic, while also getting to experience Finnmarks culinary side with locally made snacks. Our certified Guide will show you how to drive the snowmobile and make sure you have an adventure to remember. No previous experience is required to drive a snowmobile. All you need is a regular driver’s license, and it’s as simple as it is fun. A thorough safety introduction and driving instructions will be given before the trip starts. You will ride in pairs, a driver and a passenger on each snowmobile, with the opportunity to change seats during the trip

From Alta: Fjord & Whale adventure

8. From Alta: Fjord & Whale adventure

In winter, whales come to the herring-rich fjords in northern Norway to hunt. This is a unique opportunity to experience the whales up close while exploring the beautiful Fjords of northern Norway. You will get to enjoy the beautiful winter skies, while surrounded by mountains and the fjords wildlife. We adjust the start point of this trip to where the whales have last been seen to maximize your chance of seeing them. This can mean that we first have to drive for up to 1 hour to get to our harbor. Once on the boat we will make our way out into the fjords to look for humpback whales and Orcas. We will keep a safe distance and turn off our boat engines to minimize the disturbance to the whales. The whales are just as curious about visitors as we are about them, so they will most likely come and swim around our boat. Please note that while we try our best, we can not guarantee that we will actually see whales on the trip. The season start and end date can be adjusted according to whale migration patterns.

From Alta: Whale and Seabird Cruise

9. From Alta: Whale and Seabird Cruise

Come and see Norwegian wildlife from a boat. On this whale-and bird safari departing from Alta, we will sail out on the Alta Fjord while admiring the fantastic coastal landscape. The Alta Fjord is where the herring arrives in October, and large gatherings of whales are meet up for a feast. Species like orcas, humpbacks and finbacks can be seen here. In the surrouding area, another magnificent creature can be seen, namely the lord of the skies, the White-Tailed Eagle. There are copious of other birds in the area. The total stay onboard the boat lasts for five hours. It is a short trip to see the whale gathering and there will be plenty of opportunities to observe them and to snap a photograph. The boat is heated and has indoor seating and an outside deck. You will get an close encounter with Norways local wildlife.

From Alta: Experience Seiland National Park

10. From Alta: Experience Seiland National Park

Enjoy an easy and beautiful day trip to the south side of Seiland island and get a taste of its unique nature. Seiland is a unique and beautiful part of Western Finnmark’s island nature, with small and large fjords surrounded by steep mountains that plunge into the sea. Seiland’s two glaciers are the northernmost in Scandinavia. The steep coastal mountains are a breeding ground for a rich population of birds of prey. The ultrabasic bedrock in the south gives rise to a particularly lush plant life. We will also have the opportunity to experience wildlife, such as seals and sea eagles up close. On this trip we take you on an exciting RIB boat ride across the Altafjord, past picturesque mountains towards the far end of the fjord. We will ride past Seilands lush green mountains and go ashore in Bekkarfjord, Seilands most beautiful fjord.

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Our most recommended things to do in Alta

Alta: Small-Group Guided Northern Lights Tour

Alta: Small-Group Guided Northern Lights Tour

Join this tour and get in on the excitement of hunting for Northern Lights in the beautiful landscapes of the Alta Fjord. Meet your experienced guides who can show you how to best spot the Northern Lights. This tour comes with an 80-90% chance of seeing this spectacular natural phenomenon. Cozy up and lie down on a reindeer skin while you try to spot the lights. Hear stories about the Norwegian way of life and learn local history about the Stone Age, Sami culture, reindeer-herding, wildlife, and modern society in Alta and Finnmark. During the tour, enjoy some warm and cold snacks and beverages, including vegan alternatives, before arriving back at the Alta Center just past midnight.

Northern Lights Adventure By Snowmobile

Northern Lights Adventure By Snowmobile

The highlight of any trip above the arctic circle: experiencing the magical northern lights dance across the sky. The mystery of light has given us many myths and legends over the years. Everything from heroes who lit up the sky to mysterious fire foxes and warnings of danger. The dry and stable climate in Alta provides the best conditions for seeing the Northern Lights. On this trip we combine the excitement of snowmobiling with experiencing the northern lights dancing across the sky. We take you along the old postal road up to the very edge of Finnmarksvidda to a mountain range called Beskardes. Far away from the lights of the city this trip provides the ideal conditions to see the northern lights in a beautiful winter landscape. If we are lucky we will get to see the magnificent northern lights dancing across the sky on our trip, or be treated with a beautiful arctic night sky. No previous experience is required to drive a snowmobile. All you need is a regular driver’s license, and it’s as simple as it is fun. A thorough safety introduction and driving instruction will be given before the trip starts. You will ride in pairs, a driver and a passenger on each snowmobile, with the opportunity to change seats during the trip. The Tour 17:55 Meet us at our Æverntyr Adventure Store in the city center 5-10 minutes before the start of the Tour. From here we will drive you to Gargia Valley, approx. 25km from Alta. 18:30 We arrive at Gargia Lodge. Here you will meet your guide and get a briefing about today’s trip. You will also receive thermosuits, boots and gloves for the trip. 19:00 After getting dressed you will receive a safety briefing on the snowmobiles. Now we are ready and can start our adventure. 20:00 We will arrive at Beskades. Here we will take a short stop and enjoy the amazing view in all directions before heading back down to Gargia Lodge. 21:15 We arrive back at Gargia Lodge. 22:00 We will drop you off in the city center where we started our trip.

From Alta: Nighttime Northern Lights Spotting Tour

From Alta: Nighttime Northern Lights Spotting Tour

Explore and try to experience the northern lights on an evening tour looking for this fantastic phenomenon. Start the evening with a small lecture about the northern lights to learn how they occur, then we look at the conditions for this particular evening. Follow guides with local knowledge to find the best places to experience the Northern Lights dancing in the night sky. Be outfitted in thermo suits, boots, and gloves for the trip and set off with your guide, who will drive you to the best spots to see the northern lights. Continue searching if the lights are not visible, depending on the weather the tour might not have to drive far. Enjoy the show as your guide will bring warm tea/coffee and snacks. Finish the tour around 11 and head back to the adventure store.

Alta: Alta Fjord Whale Watching Tour

Alta: Alta Fjord Whale Watching Tour

Join us for a whale watching tour in Alta Fjord and experience Northern Norway's most majestic creatures up close. A winter tour in Alta Fjord can be a magical experience. Yes, it may be cold, but it might be worth it for a chance to catch sight of whales. Recently, whales have appeared in Alta Fjord. The whales have migrated further north, allowing us to observe them in our area. The two most common species in Alta Fjord are sperm whales and killer whales (orcas), but there are also good opportunities to see porpoises and hourglass dolphins. You will be amazed by the playful and curious behavior of the youngest whales. Please note: There is no guarantee we always find whales or if the weather is optimal to spot whales. If we don't see any whales within two hours of the tour the captain can suggest changing the tour to a King Crab Tour if the weather conditions allows it, or we can keep searching for whales.

Alta: Guided Snowmobile Safari on Finnmarksvidda With Snacks

Alta: Guided Snowmobile Safari on Finnmarksvidda With Snacks

Some people say that being on the mountain plateau of Finnmarksvidda is like reaching the end of the world. And there is where we plan to take you in this adventurous tour. Driving a snowmobile is quite easy and fun and a great way to be in direct contact with the Arctic nature. After the pick-up, we will drive you to our office to provided you with warm outdoor clothes and other required gear. We will explain you more about the plans for the day and give you a safety briefing. At the office you can also leave anything you don’t need to bring on the tour. Then we will drive in our minibus to the place where our snowmobiles are parked (approximately 30 minutes from Alta city). Before the tour starts, you will get instructions and practical demonstrations on how to drive the snowmobile. When you book the activity you have to be aware that we offer two options with two different prices: - Single driver: You drive your snowmobile alone without passenger. - Shared snowmobile: This you choose just if you are coming with a family member or a friend. Then you drive in pairs (one driver and one passenger per snowmobile), with the opportunity to switch places during the tour. Throughout the tour there will be some stops for taking photos of the majestic landscape and our guide will be happy to share with you his knowledge about the history of the area. You will be offered warm beverages and snacks. This is a real experience for truly adventurous people. Important: If you are reserving alone you should book single driver and not shared.

From Alta: Adventure Cruise in Alta Fjord

From Alta: Adventure Cruise in Alta Fjord

Alta is known for multitudes, and its diverse environment ranks at the top of the list, closely followed by the calm aura that envelops the region. This adventure cruise by Icecube of Aurora takes you to the best locations in Alta Fjord, allowing you to go bird watching, as well as witness flora and fauna in their natural habitat. While cruising through the water, the captain will tell you all about Alta's rich history, including 'Tirpitz,' the German warship, the English ore mines, and the Northern Lights Observatory. Time flies as you listen to these fascinating stories. This tour will also take you to unique places where you can see beautiful birds. If you're interested in bird watching, you'll spot various birds on the cruise, including storm swallows, seagulls, cormorants, and the mighty sea eagle, to name a few. While the boat travels in Alta Fjord, you might also occasionally catch sight of porpoises.

From Alta: Snowmobile Morning Adventure

From Alta: Snowmobile Morning Adventure

Finnmark is home to the vast Finnmarksvidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau. With vast views in all directions, Finnmarksvidda is the ideal location to be explored by snowmobile. On this trip, we take you outside of Alta to our historic, 150-year-old mountain lodge in Gargia Valley. After preparing you for the adventurous ride ahead we take you along the old postal road up to the very edge of Finnmarksvidda to a mountain range called Beskades. Through snow-covered forests, we make our way up to the expansive mountain plains. Here you can embrace the true arctic wilderness, surrounded by only snow and the sky in all directions. You will learn about our history and the lifestyle of the Arctic, while also getting to experience Finnmarks culinary side with locally made snacks. Our certified Guide will show you how to drive the snowmobile and make sure you have an adventure to remember. No previous experience is required to drive a snowmobile. All you need is a regular driver’s license, and it’s as simple as it is fun. A thorough safety introduction and driving instructions will be given before the trip starts. You will ride in pairs, a driver and a passenger on each snowmobile, with the opportunity to change seats during the trip

From Alta: Fjord & Whale adventure

From Alta: Fjord & Whale adventure

In winter, whales come to the herring-rich fjords in northern Norway to hunt. This is a unique opportunity to experience the whales up close while exploring the beautiful Fjords of northern Norway. You will get to enjoy the beautiful winter skies, while surrounded by mountains and the fjords wildlife. We adjust the start point of this trip to where the whales have last been seen to maximize your chance of seeing them. This can mean that we first have to drive for up to 1 hour to get to our harbor. Once on the boat we will make our way out into the fjords to look for humpback whales and Orcas. We will keep a safe distance and turn off our boat engines to minimize the disturbance to the whales. The whales are just as curious about visitors as we are about them, so they will most likely come and swim around our boat. Please note that while we try our best, we can not guarantee that we will actually see whales on the trip. The season start and end date can be adjusted according to whale migration patterns.

From Alta: Whale and Seabird Cruise

From Alta: Whale and Seabird Cruise

Come and see Norwegian wildlife from a boat. On this whale-and bird safari departing from Alta, we will sail out on the Alta Fjord while admiring the fantastic coastal landscape. The Alta Fjord is where the herring arrives in October, and large gatherings of whales are meet up for a feast. Species like orcas, humpbacks and finbacks can be seen here. In the surrouding area, another magnificent creature can be seen, namely the lord of the skies, the White-Tailed Eagle. There are copious of other birds in the area. The total stay onboard the boat lasts for five hours. It is a short trip to see the whale gathering and there will be plenty of opportunities to observe them and to snap a photograph. The boat is heated and has indoor seating and an outside deck. You will get an close encounter with Norways local wildlife.

From Alta: Experience Seiland National Park

From Alta: Experience Seiland National Park

Enjoy an easy and beautiful day trip to the south side of Seiland island and get a taste of its unique nature. Seiland is a unique and beautiful part of Western Finnmark’s island nature, with small and large fjords surrounded by steep mountains that plunge into the sea. Seiland’s two glaciers are the northernmost in Scandinavia. The steep coastal mountains are a breeding ground for a rich population of birds of prey. The ultrabasic bedrock in the south gives rise to a particularly lush plant life. We will also have the opportunity to experience wildlife, such as seals and sea eagles up close. On this trip we take you on an exciting RIB boat ride across the Altafjord, past picturesque mountains towards the far end of the fjord. We will ride past Seilands lush green mountains and go ashore in Bekkarfjord, Seilands most beautiful fjord.

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4.9
(8 reviews)

The snowmobile tour via Alta Adventure AS was fantastically beautiful. The driving time itself, with varied photo stops and snack breaks, lasted around 3 hours and was very individual with a small group. Stig is a great and experienced guide with a calm and confident demeanor. The tour was a great experience that we will remember for a long time to come.

Our excursion was amazing. Jacob made our experience so enjoyable. He was very informative and was the best guide you could want. I can honestly say that this was one of the best tours we have ever done. Thank you Jacob for providing memories that will never be forgotten!!

Simply beautiful from start to finish. Picked up at the port, warm clothing provided, well-maintained snowmobiles, great route, friendly and professional guides. Plus bright sunshine, an unforgettable experience 🤩. Thank you so much again!

Our guide, Karan, was spectacular!! Very accommodating, informative and friendly!! I would definitely utilize their services again. We got a spectacular show which we were very lucky to get and we had a wonderful time 💚💗💜 💫🤩

Amazing boat trip! Very peaceful and serene with silence and almost no other boats. We saw porpoises and different birds, and the guide was great - he explained a lot about the local area, and showed us the local fishing trade.