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Depending on the season, it's somewhere between "never" and "never got as far as sunrise". See where we are now at timeanddate.com.
Pretty near the top of the world! See where we are on Google Maps.
See for yourself via this local webcam from Komsa hilltop.
We're on Central European Time - but here's the current time if you don't feel like counting.
Check this regularly-updated list to see what cruise ships will dock in Alta, and when.
Answers to this and many other technical questions about the harbor can be found in the current port information sheet.
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|Available:||September 15 - April 8|
|Times:||19:00 - 23:30 |
Returns can be between 23:30 and 01:00. After Mar 15, tour times are 20:00-12:30; after Apr 01, 21:00-01:30.
|Group Size:||No size restrictions|
|Price:||Adults: 1575,- |
Children 12/under: 1050,-
What does it take to have a wonderful northern lights experience? Naturally, you need to have the aurora appear overhead, and the intensity of the show depends entirely on the energy the sun has sent our way. You also need favorable weather - the best aurora won't be visible behind cloud cover. And finally, you need outstanding guides who are both knowledgeable and also enjoyable to be with. Though the weather and aurora are beyond our ability to control, this tour will still give you an excellent chance to see the northern lights and regardless of the outcome, it will be a fun experience.
Prior to beginning the hunt, your host will collect you from Alta city center and take you to their headquarters outside of town. Over a tasty evening soup, they will explain more about the phenomenon and give you an update on the weather conditions in the local area. With several different microclimates to choose from in the immediate area, your guide's local expertise is invaluable at tracking down the locations with the best chance for clear skies.
With the briefing complete, you'll bundle up (extra clothing available if needed!) and head out in a small group on your hunt, first to the most promising location and further on as necessary. Your guide is a true expert when it comes to winter driving AND aurora photography, and if conditions are right, you'll receive a fun picture of you with the aurora as a backdrop as a souvenir for the evening.
The tour includes transport from and back to Alta city center, a light meal of soup at the start, extra warm clothing if needed, hot drinks and a tasty treat called mørlefse out at the viewing sites while you wait, and help with taking pictures.