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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.
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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 2|
|Times:||19:00 - 23:30 |
Tour duration 4-6 hours
|Group Size:||No size restrictions|
|Price:||Adults: 1500,- |
Children 12/under: 750,-
Family-owned Pæskatun wants to share with you their fascination for the amazing and mythical Northern Lights and the overwhelming dark winter sky filled with countless stars. Come with them to hunt the Northern Lights by bus.
You will leave behind all the artificial lights from town as you journey from Alta to the Pæskatun slate quarry to the south. There, you will get extra warm clothing if necessary before the hunt begins.
If the weather is great for viewing right at Pæskatun, then we will wait there for the northern lights to appear - it is the perfect base camp with warm buildings and good company while you wait (and if the lights do not show right away, you can see a fun presentation about the northern lights and local research history ). Cloudy weather at Pæskatun? Then it's time to take to the minibus in search of better weather. Sometimes, a 30-60 minute jouney is all it takes to break free of the clouds and find the sky - or at the very least, improve the chances for a clearer sky - and your guides have deep local experience that gives you a better chance.
Along with the northern lights hunt, your tour includes help with camera settings from your enthusiastic hosts, hot drinks, a light meal of soup and bread, and a portrait of you in front of the northern lights if they appear.