The further you go north, the colder it gets, the more the skies rage, the sunsets are extreme and the night skies can thrill. The more the seas can roar and you might need your sickness bands (click picture for explanation). We had force 10 gales, 97 mph winds and slept through it. Alta is known as the city of Midnight sun and Northern lights and that is the reason why many people go there. Winter nights you are most likely to see the electrical phenomenon, the aurora borealis dancing and violently zigzagging the sky with grace. The world’s first northern light observatory was actually built here at the end of the 19th century. The effect is the interaction of charged particles from the sun fighting atoms in the upper atmosphere. The famous brilliant blue light also only happens in the winter season between November and January. The ice statues were in number because of the husky sledge race. Take a look at the film.
Alta is the largest town in Norway’s northernmost county and lies at the inner reaches of the Altafjord. It is a 4 km shuttle to the centre, people sell the usual collectables wearing local dress. It is a town to stroll around, but other options are hiking and cycling and also fishing. Dress well if you want to go for a drink in the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel or see any of their other ice bar attractions. The Alta Museum features local geology and rocks, carvings and paintings made between 1800 to 6200 years ago, we have a separate film on that here. In the winter, you may try dog sledging or join a snowmobile safari, the ship excursion desk normally offers all of these. The Alta Northern Lights Cathedral is the other tourist magnet. Alta and Norway information centre may also be able to help with these or Alta’s information centre.Tourist Information site Marella Cruises to Alta – click here P&O To Alta Fred. Olsen to Alta SAGA, VIKING and AIDA are amongst the others who venture here.
Please share. Below the Viking Sky before it got into trouble.
The Viking Sky seen in #Alta from the deck of the P&O ship Aurora before it got into trouble. The #Aurora left first, it also encountered a force ten gale, 97 mph winds, but we slept through it and just heard about it from guests and on the Captains report. The #Vikingsky which left later started to encounter harsh winds and got into trouble.
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