Alta is next to nothing and close to everything. A modern city in Northern Norway surrounded by the arctic tundra and mountains. 

Some of the first modern studies of the northern lights actually started in Alta. Hike up to the mountain top Haldde, where the world's first permanent northern lights observatory was built in 1899. The observatory was closed in 1926, but some of the buildings are possible to visit. 

Even though the observatory was closed by the government, the northern lights are still dancing over Alta. Experienced northern lights hunters brings you to either the legendary and largely empty Finnmark plateau or to the arctic coast, thus increasing the chances of seeing the lights. Maybe even the orcas and humpback will return? The whales often show up in the Altafjorden fjord to feed on herring. They will probably return this winter season too, around November, December, and January, and if so, several suppliers offers whale safaris.

The cold and long winters provide excellent conditions for dog sledding, skiing, snowmobiling, and riding a fat bike (an off-road bike with oversized tires), and make it to build Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel every year. Here, everything is made of ice: the rooms, the beds, and even the glasses in the bar. It's also a good spot to watch the northern lights before crawling under reindeer hides in your warm and comfortable sleeping bag. In 2021, Sorrisniva also opened a brand new lodge, with huge glass windows facing the Alta river, so you can enjoy the Green Diva, if she decides to dance for you, in private... 

Visit the beautiful Nordlyskatedralen ("The Northern Lights Cathedral") and make sure to try Alta’s cuisine, which is influenced by its multi-ethnic heritage, with both Sami and Finnish elements. Alta has since the Stone Age been a meeting place for several indigenous people group. The famous Alta salmon, game from the Finnmark plateau, reindeer, and fish from lakes and fjords are all prominent menu items.