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

Alta - Northern Lights Chase

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 make for a pleasant vigil!

  • More than one location available – the tour balances needing a camp with picking the area around Alta most likely to have clear sky (one location is chosen for all guests for the evening).
  • Onboard briefing and presentation to guests prior to the tour.
  • Season

    Winter

  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed

  • Duration

    4hrs

  • Max. passengers

    300

  • Booking code

    E-ALF3

  • From

    189 €

  • 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 hunt for the northern lights begins with a briefing prior to departure by the host of the event. 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 particular hunt. Guests will travel by guided bus to the location most likely to provide favourable weather. A camp will be set 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 the photography results. Note: weather and astronomical factors cannot be guaranteed to provide a show for the guests 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 50 – 100 metres. 

  • Language: English and Norwegian.

  • Wheelchair accessible: No. 

  • Northern lights can only be expected during certain times of the year. This tour is not available when there is no chance of seeing northern lights.