Uncover the Secrets of the Northern Lights in Alta
There’s no better place to get a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of the Northern Lights than Alta, known as The Northern Lights City.
See Alta and the Alta Valley and learn how the two are inextricably connected through nature, culture and their economies
Visit the landmark new Alta Cathedral, also known as the Northern Lights Cathedral
Find out about one of Alta’s most traditional livelihoods at Pæskatun, a slate quarry
Understand the history and science of the Northern Lights through a fun and immersive exhibition and a unique presentation
Available all year
Level 1: Easy - suitable for most people
Meals on the trip: Not included. Note: We will not see the Northern Lights during this tour as it takes place during daylight hours
We’ll meet our local guide and bus and begin a short tour of Alta city centre, covering day-to-day life in the city considered the northernmost in the world.
Our first stop is the remarkable Alta Cathedral. The spiral of its titanium-clad spire symbolises the extraordinary phenomena of the Northern Lights. During the long Arctic nights, the striking façade even reflects the Northern Lights as they flicker all around. Downstairs, the interactive BorealisAlta exhibition tells us everything there is to know about the science and the Sami myths behind the Northern Lights.
Next, we drive approximately 9 miles (15km) from the centre of Alta along the Alta Valley to Pæskatun, a slate quarry with a souvenir shop in the mountainside. Here, we’ll learn all about slate mining. A presentation further deepens our understanding of the science and history of the spectacle of the Northern Lights thanks. The views along the valley are unforgettable too!