Alta, Norway
The perfect 3 days itinerary

Alta is a town in Norway's Finnmark region, located well above the Arctic Circle. It's known for views of the Northern Lights, which inspire the town's futuristic Northern Lights Cathedral. Alta is also home to rock carvings at the open-air Alta Museum, dating to around 4200 B.C. In the east, the Sautso-Alta canyon runs through the Altaelva River Valley. Let's explore the itinerary for your trip to this mesmerizing town.

What to do in Alta?

This 3 days itinerary is the perfect guide to the best things to see in Alta. It includes day-by-day activities, travel tips, and the top places to visit.

Day 1: Discover Alta's Rich History

Morning

Start your day with a visit to the Alta Museum, where you can explore the UNESCO-listed rock carvings that date back to around 4200 B.C. The museum also offers stunning views of the Alta Fjord.

Afternoon

Head to the Tirpitz Museum, which tells the story of the German battleship Tirpitz. The museum is located in a bomb shelter from World War II and offers a unique insight into the history of the war in the North.

Evening

Visit the Northern Lights Cathedral, a modern architectural marvel. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.


Day 2: Explore the Great Outdoors

Morning

Embark on a guided tour to the Sautso-Alta canyon, one of the largest canyons in Europe. The tour includes a boat trip on the Alta River, offering breathtaking views of the canyon.

Afternoon

Visit the Alta River Nature Park, a perfect place for hiking and bird watching. You can also try fishing in the river, which is known for its salmon.

Evening

Join a Northern Lights tour and experience the magic of the Aurora Borealis. Remember to dress warmly!


Day 3: Experience Sami Culture

Morning

Visit the Sami Siida, a Sami camp where you can learn about the indigenous Sami culture. Try traditional Sami food and take a ride on a reindeer sled.

Afternoon

Head to the Alta Quartzite Slate Quarry, where you can learn about the slate industry and even try your hand at slate carving.

Evening

End your day with a relaxing soak in the Altafjord Gjestegaard & Spa, enjoying the stunning views of the fjord.


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