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Cruises to Alta

Alta Fjord, Alta, Norway (Photo: The Arctic/Shutterstock)

About Alta

Located on Norway's Northern coast, Alta is best known as a prime destination for viewing the Northern Lights. It's situated right on the head of Alta Fjord, but has a surprisingly mild climate, which makes it an ideal place for travelers who enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking and fishing. Alta also has a deep indigenous culture and history that is evident throughout. Sami Siida offers a look at the traditional Sami lifestyle and Hjemmeluft, where cruisers can check out rock carvings dating back to some time between 4200 and 500 B.C., has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Those who get a kick out of a bit of schtick should head to the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel -- a luxury hotel that is entirely made of ice and is only open between January and when it begins to melt in the Spring -- for a meal or any number of activities, from ice fishing to a snowmobile safari.

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Azamara Journey
Azamara Journey

16 Night
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784 Reviews
Leaving:Edinburgh
Cruise Line:Azamara
Aug 1, 2023
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Aurora
Aurora

12 Night
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269 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:P&O Cruises
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Aurora
Aurora

12 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:P&O Cruises
Oct 30, 2022
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Balmoral
Balmoral in Flam, Norway (Photo: Fred. Olsen)

14 Night
Cruise to AltaDetails

227 Reviews
Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Nov 4, 2022
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Royal Caribbean

14 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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11 Night
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371 Reviews
Leaving:Hamburg
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Aug 21, 2022
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15 Night
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2 Reviews
Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Dec 20, 2021
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13 Night
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Leaving:London
Cruise Line:Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Dec 21, 2022
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15 Night
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Leaving:Liverpool
Cruise Line:Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Jan 5, 2023
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14 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Mar 24, 2022
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12 Night
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Leaving:Bergen
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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14 Night
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Leaving:Greenwich
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Jul 27, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:Hamburg
Cruise Line:AIDA
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14 Night
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Leaving:Dover
Cruise Line:Hurtigruten
Dec 22, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:Hamburg
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14 Night
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Leaving:Hamburg
Nov 2, 2021
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14 Night
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Leaving:Hamburg
Feb 8, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:Hamburg
Mar 17, 2023
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14 Night
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Leaving:Hamburg
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14 Night
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Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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21 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:P&O Cruises
Aug 5, 2022
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16 Night
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jun 24, 2023
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12 Night
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Leaving:London
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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16 Night
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Leaving:Liverpool
Cruise Line:Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Nov 16, 2021
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14 Night
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Leaving:Hamburg
Dec 14, 2021
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Why go to Alta?

Pros:

Alta’s mild climate makes it one of the easier destinations in Northern Norway to explore.

Cons:

Though Alta is a popular spot for Northern Lights viewing, the weather may not always cooperate.

Bottom Line:

Alta is a culturally and historically rich town that is surprisingly accessible.


Alta Cruise Reviews
According to the publicity Alta is the place to go to see the light, we did see them, perhaps not as good as I was expecting. Apparently far more spectacular seen through a camera or on film.... Read More
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stormdennis
Loved Alta.... Read More
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JazzyTheTraveler
Not a lot to see in Alta but this is where we saw the lights from the boat.... Read More
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arby9
It was bone chilling cold, but the sunrises and sunsets were beautiful. The modern cathedral was a real treat. The Alta Museum had exceptional exhibits and the lectures on the ancient petroglyphs was outstanding.... Read More
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