Alta's unique history and natural environment can be experienced throughout the year, but particularly during the summer when it is possible to get out into the countryside and engage in individual activities. You can also book experienced guides to accompany you on excursions. A wide range of activities are available, including river boating trips, canoeing, off-road cycling and ATV trips.
Coastal and mountain landscapes
The location of Alta in the inner reaches of the Alta Fjord means that municipality is able to offer forests, mountain plateaux and coastal and mountain landscapes. This provides numerous opportunities for anyone interested in the outdoor life to experience several aspects of the natural Arctic environment within a short time frame.
Largest canyon in Northern Europe
One of the most beautiful excursions available is to the Sautso Canyon where the views are absolutely fantastic. Sautso is the largest canyon in Northern Europe and can be accessed by both cycle and on foot. It is also possible to book aguided coach trip for groups. Sautso can also be seen from a river boat and by canoeing up the Alta River. Local experts are available to accompany you up the rapids and to tell stories about this famous river.
Alta has beautiful mountains, and apart from Mt. Haldde, which rises to a height of 904 metres, there are many peaks surrounding the city which are easily accessible to both the fit and healthy and anyone wanting to go for a short afternoon walk. If you would like to experience the mountain plateau, this can be reached by foot. The Finnmark Mountain Plateau may seem to be endless and any cabins and houses are separated by vast distances, so it is important to ensure that you are properly equipped before setting off on your own. If you are interested in fishing in one of the rivers or mountain lakes, you are welcomw to bring your fishing rod with you!
Long and light summer nights
Both the Tirpitz Museum and the Alta Museum with its rock carvings at Hjemmeluft are open during the summer. Visitors can gain an insight into Sami culture along the Alta River or simply enjoy a cup of coffee outside at one of the many restaurants in the centre of the city. The long, light summer nights, the midnight sun, the beautiful natural environment and time which almost stands still, all help to make Alta a lovely place during the summertime. And sleeping? Well that's something you can do during the winter!