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Experience the Aurora Borealis in the City of Northern Lights

Alta is home to Norway’s first northern lights observatory, and the ideal place to experience the natural phenomenon. The northern lights pioneers of the time laid the foundations for knowledge about the northern lights.

For 15 years, we have built up solid expertise and experience that we want to share with you. Let us take you on an arctic adventure under the northern lights.

NORTHERN LIGHTS SAFARI

Available from September 15th to April 7th

Join the hunt for one of the earth’s most amazing natural phenomena, the Northern Lights. With local knowledge in our hand luggage, and skilled and experienced guides, we want to take you on an exciting experience.

Season: September 15. to April 7.
Capacity: 2-8 (Larger groups? Please contact us)
Duration: Approx. 5 hours
Price: NOK 1680/840 per adult/child (12 years or under) Exclusive private northern lights safari: NOK 11760 (max 8 guests per vehicle)
Departure: 19:00 (20:00 in Sep and from 25. March)
Booking before 12:00 am one day prior, but contact us anyway, there might be space for you on today’s outing!

 

The Northern Lights have fascinated and frightened us humans for thousands of years. Listen to your guide as he shares his knowledge of the Northern Lights and what it’s like to live at 70 degrees north.

Practical information :

The trip lasts 4-5 hours, depending on how far we have to drive to find the northern lights. Our main goal is for you to see the Northern Lights, to give you the most unique experience!

Where the evening’s tour goes depends on local weather conditions. The trip can be in the mountains, by the coast, or perhaps in the forest – that decision is made on the same evening. We can drive up to 200 km in total to find clear skies, and the northern lights.

The guide is an experienced photographer who will help you take the best photos.

What is included?

  • Pick-up at the hotel
  • Warm drinks
  • Soup and bread
  • Snacks
  • Camera help
  • Tripod
  • Portrait that will be sent to your email
  • Remember that with us you can borrow warm clothes, shoes and camera tripods free of charge!

important information

  • If you book a safari with us, we will do everything we can to find the Northern Lights. We cannot guarantee that we will find it, but we will do our best. Weather dependent.
  • We reserve the right to cancel the trip if the weather situation becomes extremely demanding.
  • The bus has 8 seats, which means that people from several nations can come on the evening’s excursion. The guide speaks english.
  • Your own warm winter clothes and shoes are recommended, preferably with wool close to the body.

Other possibilities

  • If you choose to book a private tour, we can guarantee that you will have the bus to yourself! You, your family and friends.
  • If you want, it is also possible to tailor made your private trip completely according to your wishes. Add slate history, Sami culture, or something else exciting. Contact us!

 

Additional information

The city of Alta, located at 70 degrees North, and well over 400 km north of the Arctic Circle, is known for its stable climate and long white winters. This makes Alta an ideal place to observe the Northern Lights – from early autumn until the end of the winter season.

Alta has altso been named “City of the Northern Lights” as the first city with its own Northern Lights observatory to conduct research on the Northern Lights. With 21,000 inhabitants, space is not cramped, and we have minimal light pollution. This makes it easy to find dark and remote places perfect for observing the Northern Lights.

Temperature-wise, we are at about -10°C / 50℉ on average throughout the winter. Landscapes in Alta is very varied; From deep forests to high mountains, and a long beautiful coastline.

 

 

 

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NORTHERN LIGHTS CAMP

Available from September 15th to April 5th

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

The Northern Lights Camp is for groups only.

Season: September 15th to April 5th
Capacity: 10-300
Duration: 3 hours at the camp
Price: Contact us
Departure: 19:00 or as agreed
Pick-up: Centre of Alta, by the Tourist Information, Labyrinten 3
Booking is normally three days upfront, but there might be places available for you too so contact us anyway! 

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.

Our guides will make a portrait zone where you can have your portrait taken with the Northern Lights as background. These pictures will be uploaded to a dated album on our official Facebook site (facebook.com/peskatun) where you can download your portrait.

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, if ordered
  • Coffee/tea
  • Cake

Additional information

We recommend wearing warm winter clothes and shoes.

For sale: Souvenirs, slate products hand made at Pæskatun, pictures, woollen clothes, and more.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee finding the Northern Lights.

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SAMI CULTURE AND REINDEER SLEDDING

Available from January 2 to March 28

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: 02.01-28.03
Capacity: 2-30 (minimum 2 adults)
Duration: 6-7 hours
Departure: 18.00

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

Price
NOK 4000 per adult
NOK 2000 per child 12 years and under
NOK 28000 per private exclusive tour (maximum 8)

Practical information

After we have picked you up at your hotel in Alta we will make a short stop at our basecamp where you get properly dressed to have a warm and comfortable stay during the evening. If we happen to find the northern lights here or nearby, we will use a little bit of time here first. On the way to Maze (local sami town) we watch out for the Northern Lights aswell, and if they show up, we make short photo stop aswell. The drive will be about one hour long.

When we arrive to Maze we will meet and greet both the local sami raindeer herder, and the raindeers. You will be pulled on old fashioned bridal sledges while the reindeer will bring us out for a trip around the erea. This is 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 Alta we will continue the search for the Northern Lights and if the time allows we stop again at our camp at Pæskatun. Here you can relax in a warm cabin, or alongside a warm bonfire.

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

Included

  • Transport/transfer
  • Sami meal (Bidos)
  • Hot beverages
  • Snacks
  • Camera help and tripod (Professional photographer is always on the team, Borrow a tripod if needed)
  • Pictures from your tour (we send them to your e-mail after the trip)
  • Warm suits (overalls)

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

Important information

  • If you book a trip with us, we will do everything we can to find the Northern Lights. We cannot guarantee that we will find it, but we will do our best. Weather dependent.
  • We reserve the right to cancel the trip if the weather situation becomes extremely demanding.
  • The bus has 8 seats, which means that people from several nations can come on the evening’s excursion. The guide speaks english.
  • Your own warm winter clothes and shoes are recommended, preferably with wool close to the body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NORTHERN LIGHTS EVENING

Available from September 15th to April 9th

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.

Notice! Groups only.

Season: 15.09 – 09.04
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 and more.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee to find the Northern Lights.

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)

 

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