Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Alta

Alta Museum

This superb museum is in Hjemmeluft, at the western end of town. It features exhibits and displays on Sami culture, Finnmark military history, the Alta hydroelectric project and the aurora borealis (northern lights)…
Top Choice Church in Alta

Northern Lights Cathedral

Opened in 2013, the daringly designed Northern Lights Cathedral, next to the Scandic Hotel Alta, is one of the architectural icons of the north, with its swirling pyramid structure clad in rippling titanium sheets. …
Top Choice Norwegian in Alta

Restaurant Haldde

This quality restaurant within Thon Hotel Vica relies almost entirely upon local ingredients in the preparation of choice dishes such as reindeer steak, grilled stockfish and its Flavour of Finnmark dessert of cloud…
Sports in Alta


The 1000km-long Finnmarksløpet, Europe's longest dog-sled race, starts and ends in Alta in March and traverses the length of the far north. It coincides with Alta's Borealis Alta.
Norwegian in Alta


Located inside the Scandic Hotel Alta, this fine restaurant serves up Arctic specialties such as reindeer and king crab, with salmon and Arctic char also likely to feature, although availability can be seasonal. In …
Bar in Alta


There may not be many places to drink in Alta, but this sassy little spot takes up the slack through sheer variety – they serve great coffee, good beer and exotic cocktails, have live music from time to time and the…
Canyon in Alta

Sautso-Alta Canyon

The Altaelva hydroelectric project has had very little effect on the most scenic stretch of river, which slides through 400m-deep Sautso, northern Europe's grandest canyon.
Norwegian in Alta

Du Verden Matbar

A cool brasserie-style place, Du Verden does fish soup, king crab, stockfish, shellfish platters, reindeer fillet and tapas, as well as salads and a wide range of drinks.
Cultural in Alta

Borealis Alta

Five days of concerts and culture in March, designed to dispel winter's gloom.
Music in Alta

Alta Blues & Soul Festival

Brings in top Norwegian bands and starts in late May or early June.