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Alta Cruise Port

City of the Northern Ligths

Alta lies well above the Arctic Circle at 70 degrees north latitude. A small town of just 20,000, it is the biggest city in the vast wilderness of Finnmark County. It’s the perfect adventure destination! Winter activities include dogsledding, snowmobiling, snowshoe hikes, close encounters with reindeer and the Sami community… and no visit to Alta is complete without a trip to the unique, surprising and beautiful Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. And of course, there’s always a chance to see the northern lights overhead in the dark sky. In summer, visit ancient rock carvings (on the UNESCO list), take hikes, bike tours and riverboat trips, or explore overland by bus. Instead of the northern lights, you’ll spend your time in neverending daylight, and maybe catch sight of the sun at midnight. Unspoiled landscapes and authentic experiences await you in this hidden jewel of the arctic north!

Attractions & Excursions

Overland Excursions
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Overland Excursions

Visit nearby towns and attractions, accompanied by a guide with stories and local knowledge to bring the area to life. Journey out to Hammerfest (once the northernmost city in the world), Kautokeino (home of the unique Juhls silver gallery)
Hiking Around Alta
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Hiking Around Alta

Alta has extraordinary nature. Winter and summer, hikes and tours that range from moderate to strenuous activity levels are available in many locations and destinations in the Arctic wilderness. Hikes can be arranged for anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.
Tirpitz Museum
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Tirpitz Museum

The Tirpitz Museum is dedicated to telling the story of and showing artifacts from the German Navy’s occupation of the Alta area in World War II. The fearsome battleship Tirpitz that was anchored just outside of Alta, and the massive occupying force dwarfed the resident population.
Snow Fun
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Snow Fun

Just outside of Alta, you’ll find the perfect spot for winter fun without a guide. The alpine center offers downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, sledding and even ice skating. A café and rest building on-site are ready to provide you with hot drinks, good food or just a place to warm up and relax before heading out again.
Snowshoe Tours
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Snowshoe Tours

Take a trip in the snow using the ancient method of snowshoes (although the shoes themselves are thoroughly modern!) Feel like a part of the wilderness that surrounds you as you tramp along. Keep an eye out for animal tracks as you go – will you be the lucky ones to spot a moose this time?
Alta Canyon and Dam

Alta Canyon and Dam

Sautso, Northern Europe’s biggest canyon, lies 45 km outside Alta. In summer, journey through farm valleys and over wild plains to the canyon. Stop for photos of the beautiful view, and then drive over to the power station’s access tunnel.

Port Facilities

ISPS approved Yes
Designated quays for cruise ships No
Pilot No
Tidal movement 2.43 m tidal difference
Ship tenders allowed Yes
Ships stay minimum/maximum No limitations
Maximum number of ships per day in port 2
Maximum number of passengers per day in port 4000
Environmental limitations/restrictions No

Maximum Ship Dimensions

Length 265 m
Draft 10.25 m llw along the pier
Air draft 60 m
Beam 40 m


Available Yes
Pontoons Yes
Tugboat No

Port Services

Bunkers No
Supplies Yes
Waste handling Yes
Fresh water Yes
Waste water method By truck
Are the port facilities according to Cruise Norway's quality guidelines? Yes


Port of Alta Havn KF

Phone +47 78 44 69 10
Contact person Mr. Arnt Nilsen
Mailing Address Havne veien 24
Visiting Address Havne veien 24
Port control
Charts NO
Web site
Emergency channel (VHF) Phone 113
Medical Emergency Phone 113
Pilot channel (VHF) NO
Distance to nearest pilot station

Buses YES, but must be ordered as a shore service
Taxi YES
Shopping YES, 4 km
Tax refund NO
Distances - airport 500 m, Alta Airport
Distance to city centre 4 km
Tourist information (+47) 991 00 022 

North Adventure & Alta Guideservice

Mailing Address Bjørn Wirkolas vei 11, 9510 Alta
Visiting Address Bjørn Wirkolas vei 11, 9510 Alta
Phone +47 78 44 50 50
Contact person Henriette Bismo Eilertsen
Phone +47 90 19 27 76
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