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The city of Alta lies in an area with relatively mild climate compared to the otherwise bitterly cold North. Here, you can experience the Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, spend an unforgettable night in an Ice Hotel, or hunt for the elusive Northern Lights. Alta is the largest town in Norway’s northernmost county, and is the ideal choice for an Arctic adventure.
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There are frequent flights to Alta, with short connection in Oslo, which makes travelling here simple. From Oslo, the flight time is just over 2 hours, or catch a flight from Tromso in 40 minutes. It is possible to travel by car or bus throughout the summer months, but road conditions in Winter make this a less reliable option.
Alta enjoys a fairly mild climate compared to locations of similar latitude. Average summer temperatures tend to be around 12℃, while temperatures for December average -8℃. That said, temperatures in January have dropped to a record -34℃.
The city of Alta is beautifully situated alongside the Altafjord in Finnmark. The Sautso canyon, one of the largest canyons in Europe, is carved out by the river Altaelva.
Plant and Animals
The Altafjord is home to an abundance of herring, which with them bring the whales! The most iconic creature found in the area is of course the reindeer – the at the heart of the Sami culture, they rely on these animals in every aspect of their daily life.
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