Alta - City of the Northern Lights
A three-day winter break in the Norwegian town of Alta, deep within the Arctic Circle.
Alta is the perfect destination to see the spectacular beauty of the Aurora Borealis, with the Lights visible on an average 200 nights each year from October to April. Many a myth has surrounded the Lights. The local Sami once believed them to be a powerful deity, and to this day many will not dare to attract them by waving or whistling. Nordic fishermen, by contrast, saw them as a sign that their nets would soon be full.
This three-night break, staying at Thon Hotel, allows you to enjoy the best of Alta and its surrounds. Spend your evenings in search of the Northern Lights, while during the day you'll have the choice of a number of exciting excursions, including snowmobile and husky safaris and the chance to enjoy a traditional Sami lunch amidst the spectacular landscape of Finnmarksvidda.
3 nights Alta
Arrive in Alta and check in to your hotel.
Stay: Thon Hotel Alta
Days 2–3: Alta and Optional Excurions
These days are for optional excursions. We recommend Northern Lights hunting with Guide Glod, Arctic Gourmet evening, snowmobile or husky safaris.
Alta is the largest town in northern Norway and offers a good range of shops, pubs and restaurants. It earned its stripes as a base for spotting the Northern Lights when the first ever observatory dedicated to the phenomenon was built here at the end of the 19th century.
Stay: Thon Hotel Alta
Day 4: Departure
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy some free time before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.
Here is a selection of our recommended excursions. Please contact our team for full list of excursions.
Northern Lights hunting with Guide Glød
Want to experience the beautiful spectacle of the Northern Lights, but don't know how or where to go? We pick you up at your hotel and take you by car to the best viewpoints, far from the light pollution around the town. GLØD can help with your camera settings to help you capture the best shots of this wonderful phenomenon. Includes transport from Alta centre, hot drinks and snacks.
Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays during 1 Oct 12 - 15 Apr 13.
Price: £172 per person
Arctic Evening at Mountain Lodge
Gargia Fjellstue (mountain lodge) invites you to an exciting evening where we "hunt" the Northern Lights, bathe in the outdoors hot tub or take a sauna and "snow bath". Finish off with a gourmet meal and choice of drinks. Includes transport from/to the centre of Alta, dinner and drink, coffee and cake, thermal suit, shoes, gloves. Bathing suits and hats can be borrowed.
Dates: daily 1 Dec 12 - 30 Apr 13
Price: £195 per person
Northern Lights dog sledging with Holmen Dog centre
Holmen Dog Centre invites you on an adventurous husky safari! Drive your own dog sledge or take the trip as passenger. The safari takes you through the forest and along the Alta river. Beautiful lighting with the possibility of the Northern Lights, moonlight and a red evening sky in the springtime. Coffee and cakes served in the lavvu tent. Includes transport from Rica Hotel Alta, thermal suit, shoes, hat and gloves. Coffee/tea and cakes served.
Dates: Mondays to Saturdays during 15 Dec 12 - 15 Apr 13
Price: £145 per person
Snowmobile safari to Finnmarksvidda & Sami meal
The 70 ° N safari starts at Gargia Fjellstue and we drive up on the Finnmarksvidda mountain plain and to a view point offering views of the Altafjord's mountain peaks and in over the mountain plain. We round off the safari with a good Sami lunch. Includes return transport from Alta centre, fuel, thermal suit, boots, helmet and gloves. A valid motor vehicle or motorcycle driver's license is required. Lunch and hot and cold drinks are served
Dates: Wednesdays and Sundays 1 Dec 12 - 30 April 13
Price: £192 per person when 2 driving 1 snowmobile
Prices from: £560.00
Stay 3, Pay 2 on selected hotels
Prices from: £560 per person
Valid for travel: 01 Dec 2013 to 30 Apr 2014
Package includes: Return flights with SAS, 3 nights accommodation at Thon Hotel Alta with meals as indicated.
B = Breakfast
Please note: some excursions will be available from January.
Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
Book by: 30 April 2014
This itinerary is just a sample of what we can arrange for you. The price quoted is a guide, giving you an indication of what this particular trip would cost.
There are a number of factors that affect the price of an itinerary though; if your budget is lower or higher than this, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618 about how we can tailor the trip to match your budget by adjusting elements of the itinerary.
To book this travel offer make an enquiry online or call one of our tailor made travel expert now. quoting reference WEX102588.