Cruise to new heights in Alta, Norway
There’s nothing like the land above the Arctic Circle—and Alta is a always stunning. Tucked into the Altafjord, it enjoys a warmer, drier climate than other ports in Northern Norway. Rugged landscapes roll down to meet the calm waters of the sheltered harbor, and local Sami culture thrives in one of the world’s most northerly cities.
Inspired by the aurora borealis that illuminate Alta in winter, visit the Northern Lights Cathedral and marvel at its steel sheet design that captures the essence of this natural phenomenon. Inside, tour enchanting illuminated artwork and visit interactive exhibits to learn more about the Northern Lights.
Experience natural wonder and the early days of man at the Alta Museum. Here, ancient rock art dating back 6,000 years depicts the life of hunters and fishermen. These Stone Age carvings will leave a lasting impression long after you leave port.
Outdoor excursions abound in Alta. Hike, bike, or cast off in some of the world’s best spots for salmon fishing. A leisurely riverboat ride from town brings you to Mollisfossen waterfall, where shimmering rainbows rise up from the mist.
Explore Europe’s version of the Grand Canyon. Sheer cliffs plunge 1,300 feet to the winding river below and offer breathtaking views from any angle. Tour along the canyon by car to the massive dam and power plant, or try a different perspective with a riverboat cruise that maneuvers deftly around rushing rapids.
Visit an authentic reindeer camp at Sami Siida. Meet creatures often associated with Christmas (try your hand at lassoing one!), and immerse yourself in local Sami culture. Listen to storytelling and haunting songs, learn about their colorful folk costumes, and sample Sami cuisine—including hearty reindeer stew.
In the summer months, the sun hardly sets above the Arctic Circle. Further north in Norway, midnight can look like high noon on a summer day, but in Alta, you’ll be treated to an almost unending sunset scene. Warm, golden tones shine off the harbor and create a captivating experience you’ll only find when you explore further with Azamara Club Cruises®.
Alta, Norway At a glance