Kirkenes snowhotel - a iglo looking snow cave with a snow scooter outside it. In the sky the aurora is dancing

Alta - Chasing the Northern Lights

This tour offers comfort and flexibility for guests who want to get away from the ship and search for the northern lights in one of the world’s prime aurora viewing regions. Guests travel to a campsite (selected based on local weather) in comfort and can wait outside or warm up indoors. Hot drinks and photography advice will make for a nice time!

  • This is an easy tour. There is no herding of groups on and off a bus, jumping from place to place.
  • There is more than one location available. The tour location will vary, and a camp will be picked in an area around Alta most likely to have a clear sky (one location is chosen for all guests for the evening).
  • Onboard briefing and presentation to guests prior to the tour.
  • Hosts at the camp have good experience with taking pictures of the northern lights.
  • Season

    Winter (Nov - Mar)

  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

  • Duration

    4h

  • Max. passengers

    300

  • Booking Code

    E-ALF3

  • Notices

    Warm clothing is essential! No thin shoes or light cotton trousers, please. Dress in wool and layers. Toilet and indoor facilities are provided, but are limited.

The event host will begin with a briefing before starting the hunt for the northern lights. Through this brief and entertaining presentation, guests will learn a little about the Northern Lights, why Alta is a good place to hunt for them, and the chances of viewing them on this hunt. Guests will travel by guided bus to the location most likely to provide favorable weather. We will set a camp up with hot drinks, snacks, and limited shelter for the participants while they wait.

Guides on site can provide help with camera settings to improve photography results. Note: Due to weather and astronomical factors, guests are not guaranteed a show on any given night. The best probability for clear skies may be at a location close to town. In that case, the transfer to those camps will be rather short.

Practical information:

  • Included: Hot drinks and a light snack

  • Remarks/requirements: Warm clothing is essential! No thin shoes or light cotton trousers, please. Dress in wool and layers. Toilet and indoor facilities are provided, but are limited.

  • Walking information: Approximately 55–110 yards

  • Language: English and Norwegian

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.