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NORTHERN LIGHTS

Experience Aurora Borealis in the City of the Northern Lights

Here at Pæskatun, we love sharing the beauty of the Arctic region. Alta is the home of Norway’s first Northern Lights observatory and the ideal place to experience the natural phenomenon, which is why it’s called the City of the Northen Lights.
Experience the Aurora dance above you, and let us take care of the rest.

NORTHERN LIGHTS SAFARI

Available from September 15th to April 8th

We at Pæskatun want to share with you our fascination for the amazing and mythical Northern Lights and the overwhelming dark winter sky filled with countless stars. Come with us to hunt the Northern Lights by bus!

Season: 15.09 – 08.04
Capacity: 1-50
Duration: Approx. 5 hours
Price: NOK 1500/750 per adult/child (12 years or under)
Departure: 19:00 (21:00 in Sep and from 25. March) or as agreed
Booking before 4pm same day

According to the weather forecast and with our specific knowledge about the topography surrounding Alta, we will go for the clearest skies and best locations to see the Northern Lights and to take pictures.

To make sure that you feel comfortable during our trip you can lend thermal dresses, warm winter boots, hats and gloves for free. Our local and experienced guides will explain the history and science behind the Northern Lights and will give camera support. They also take portraits of you and the best pictures will be sent to your e-mail address.

Duration can vary depending on how early the Northern Lights appears and how far we need to drive to find the phenomenon. Our main goal is that you see the Northern Lights to provide your most unique experience in the Arctic Region.

 

Included

  • Pick-up at your hotel
  • Hot beverages
  • Soup and bread
  • Snacks
  • Camera help
  • Your portrait taken and sent to your email

Thermal clothing and shoes available for use during the tour.

 

Additional information

We recommend bringing warm winter clothes and shoes.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee finding the Northern Lights. We did, however, have a 98% success rate in the 2016/2017 season!

NORTHERN LIGHTS CAMP

Available from September 15th to April 8th

Let the Northern Lights come to you! Join our Camp for a comfortable and social Northern Lights chase, located 20 minutes away from Alta.

The Northern Lights Camp is arranged when bigger events take place and/or when we have cruise arrivals in Alta. It's also available for groups.

Season: September to April
Capacity: 10-300
Duration: 3 hours at the camp
Price: NOK 750 per adult
Departure: 19:00 or as agreed
Pick-up: Centre of Alta, outside of the Tourist Information
Booking is normally three days upfront, but there might be places available for you too. Give us a call!

Staying at the camp we aim to experience the impressive show of the mystical Aurora Borealis. As the site is high up in the mountain Pæska, we can offer a fantastic view over the valley of Alta with minimum light pollution and is therefore a brilliant Northern Lights observation site and photo location.

If you bring your own camera the guides at Pæskatun assist you gladly with your camera settings so that you can take your own Northern Lights pictures. Those who do not bring along a camera can purchase a portrait picture with the Northern Lights in the background to get their personal vacation memory and the evidence that YOU have seen them.

Our camp consists of a wide area to wander around in the fairy-tale snow landscape to watch the Northern Lights from different spots. When the arctic winter shows its true face you can warm up and sit relaxed in one of our cosy and woodstove heated slate cottages while having a tea, coffee and cake.

But no worries, our guides observe the sky all the time and will let you know when the Northern Lights are dancing in different colours and breath taking shapes and formations are filling the firmament. Or you step by in our lavvu (Sami tent) where you can sit down on reindeer skins and getting spoiled by the pleasant warmth of the campfire. Additional open campfires with reindeer skin covered snow benches and wind protected snow wall constructions create an extraordinary atmosphere along with the fresh winter air.

Periods of low Northern Lights activity may happen and during these periods we will entertain you with a movie and slide show which tells the history, myths and scientific background of the Northern Lights.

As Pæskatun is an active slate quarry we will optional give a presentation about Alta`s slate industry.

Included

  • Transport
  • Coffe/tea
  • Cake and snacks

 

Additional information

We recommend wearing warm winter clothes and shoes.

For sale: Souvenirs, slate products hand made at Pæskatun, pictures, woollen clothes, portrait of yourself or with your family/ friends that will be sent to your e-mail

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee finding the Northern Lights. We did, however, have a 98% success rate in the 2016/2017 season!

SAMI CULTURE AND REINDEER SLEDDING

Available from January 1st to April 2nd

Experience the Sami Culture underneath the Northern Lights! This adventure introduces the leaned back and romantic version of the native Scandinavian`s life. The tour combines a Northern Lights hunt with a Sami experience as we explore the vast and untouched area around the Sami village of Máze where a Sami family is inviting us into their lavvu (Sami tent) and reindeer are waiting for us.

Season: 15.01-02.04
Capacity: 2-30 (minimum 2 adults)
Duration: 6-7 hours
Departure: 18.00

Price
NOK 3700 per adult
NOK 3330 per student with valid students ID
NOK 1850 per child 12 years and under
NOK 25900 per private exclusive tour (maximum 8)

Booking
Booking before 4pm four days prior. But contact us anyway, there might be space for you on today’s outing!

The bus ride into the winter fairytale takes around one hour with a stop at our Northern Lights Camp Alta at Pæskatun where you get properly dressed to have a warm and comfortable stay. Already on the way we watch out for the Northern Lights and if they show up we make short photo stops in between when we reach the vidda (mountain plateau) with least light pollution.

Reaching our destination you will be pulled on old fashioned bridal sledges while the reindeer will bring us out for a trip in a raid - the old Sami way of moving themselves and their belongings through the winter landscape. If we are lucky, the Northern Lights will dance in the skies above us!

After the raid we will enter the lavvu where we will learn about the Sami culture and history. Sitting around the árran (fireplace) on reindeer skins we are served the traditional Sami meal Bidos (reindeer soup). The visit in the lavvu ends with joik - Sami way of chanting - and the guests are invited to join in!

On the way back to the Northern Lights Camp Alta we will continue the search for the Northern Lights and if the time allows we stop again at our camp at Pæskatun. It is situated high up in the mountains which makes it to a fantastic photo location. There we also have several warm cabins where we can sit down and relax while having something warm to drink and some snacks to eat.

We leave the warm winter clothing and shoes behind us before heading back to the hotel.

 

Included

  • Transport
  • Sami meal
  • Hot beverages
  • Snacks
  • Camera help
  • Pictures from your tour

Thermal clothing, shoes, and tripods available for you to use during the tour.

 

Additional information

Even though we have clothes for you to borrow, we recommend bringing warm clothes and shoes.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee to find the Northern Lights. We did, however, have a 98% success rate in the 2016/2017 season!

NORTHERN LIGHTS EVENING

Available from September 15th to April 8th

A special winter night! In collaboration with the best chefs of Alta, we offer a Northern Lights Evening with two-course dinner at our Northern Lights Camp at Pæskatun with elegant table settings.

Obs! Groups only.

Season: 15.09 - 08.04
Capacity: 10 – 100 persons
Duration: 4-5 hours

In a unique environment and extraordinary atmosphere, you will enjoy an exquisite dinner based on local ingredients. With the good weather conditions we have in Alta there is an extremely high possibility to see the Northern Lights almost every evening during the Aurora season. We will set up the star binoculars and study the stars and planets on the firmament and an aurora alert makes sure that you do not miss the spectacular Northern Lights outside!

If extra arrangements should be on the wish list we can arrange different options for you – have a closer look below at “Recommendations”. Just let us know how you imagine your perfect event.

Additional information

We recommend bringing warm winter clothes and shoes to wear when enjoying Aurora Borealis.

For sale: Souvenirs, slate products handmade at Pæskatun, pictures, woolen clothes, a portrait of yourself or with your family/ friends that will be sent to your e-mail

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee to find the Northern Lights. We did, however, have a 98% success rate in the 2016/2017 season!

Recommendations

  • Combine with Northern Lights Presentation (history and scientific background)
  • Combine with Alta Quartzite Slate Presentation (history and geology)
  • Combine with Alta Quartzite Slate Demonstration (producing a roof tile)
  • Combine with Sami story telling in our lavvu (Sami tent)
  • Combine with special arrangements like live music or artists (contact us)