As tour destinations go, Alta is very nearly at the top of the world (check us out on Google Maps if you aren’t sure where we are). But air travel makes this distance deceptive. You can get direct flights to Alta from Oslo that take only a couple of hours to fly here. If you are already in Europe, we are actually pretty close if you consider the time required to get here. So hopping on an airplane for a 2-3 day stay is practical and convenient, and if you keep an eye out for airfare bargains, it isn’t even very expensive.
But is it really worth coming up just for a couple of days and a tour or two?
Winter isn’t just important for Sorrisniva, one of the activity companies here in Alta. In a way, it’s a necessity.
The history of the company is long. Sorrisniva is a family business originally built around fishing in the Alta River for salmon. The river is regarded as one of the premier fly-fishing spots in the world, and it has been on the “must” list for royalty and the well-to-do for centuries. As the years passed and the family generations changed, the company expanded its focus to include other activities in both summer and winter.
If you want to see the Northern Lights, Alta is a great place to go. For one thing, there’s dry land to stand on (try standing in the middle of the Arctic Ocean and see how important that suddenly becomes). Our climate is stable, dry and not so cloudy as other areas. And of course, only Alta has US here in town to keep our fingers crossed for the visitors, and I’m pretty sure that helps a lot, too.