Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard

1 Alta

Year-round destination

Alta has become known primarily as a winter destination for British cruise lines. Only a handful of cruises call at Alta during the summer.

(Text copyright by CNNS / Erik Joachimsen)

At the head of the Altafjord, you will discover a small city with beautiful views and short distances to most facilities. It is walking distance between the port and airport and downtown Alta is just a five-minute taxi ride away.

The town’s major pride and joy is the Alta Museum, which is based on rock art discovered 60 years ago. The rock art located at the Alta Museum was discovered in the early 1970s. Not only is the museum on the World Heritage List (1985), but in 1993 it was awarded the prestigious title of European Museum of the Year.

The slate quarry is another attraction well worth visiting. Alta has a long tradition for quarrying slate in Pæskatun, and the beautiful slates may be found on known and unknown buildings around the world. Guests are invited into the actual production facility and will gain an insight into the history of this industry. If you wish, you will have the opportunity to produce a few slate products yourself.


Alta is a paradise for salmon fishermen and the river that runs through the majestic Alta Canyon provides rich salmon stocks for paying angling enthusiasts from around the world. It is also possible to go on a riverboat trip in the distinctive riverboats, operated by the local boatmen.

The Sami culture is strong in this region and many of the products that are presented to cruise passengers are based on this minority’s culture and way of life. A popular activity is visiting a Sami siida (camp) and being served traditional Sami food and coffee brewed on an open fire – and chatting with proud representatives of an old culture.

The latest news in Alta is the Northern Lights Cathedral, which was opened and consecrated by the bishop on February 10, 2013. The cathedral is built as a gigantic Northern Lights sculpture and further strengthens Alta’s strong position as a place to visit to experience the magical Northern Lights (see page xx). The Northern Lights Cathedral will become Alta’s main church, as well as a solid acquisition to an already well developed year-round destination for tourists of all categories. During 2013 a new Northern Lights attraction will open in the basement of the cathedral.

Cruise Port Alta
Number of calls 2012 (2013) (2014): 14 (16) (29) Estimate 2014: 27
Unique Selling Points: A great winter destination with excellent chances to watch the Northern Lights
Shorex contact: North Adventure, Henriette Bismo Eilertsen

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Product Manual 2015/16: Alta

Port information (Source: Cruise Norway)

PORT OF Alta Havn KF
Distance to nearest pilot station nautical miles/Hours:
Fugløya 5 hrs-4.5 nm
Visiting address: Havne veien 24
Mailing address:
Contact person: Port Captain, Mr. Arnt Nilsen
Phone /Fax: +47 78 44 69 10 / +47 78 43 69 90
Contact person: Henriette Bismo Eilertsen
Address: North Adventure & Alta Guideservice
POB. 1114, NO-9504 Alta
Phone: +47 78 44 50 50
Mailing address:

Guide Service: Alta Guideservice. 49 guides/ 8 languages
Terminal/Restrooms in pier area: No
Shuttle service: YES
Parking place for buses: Yes
Taxi: Yes
Rental cars: Yes, 4 km
Public transportation: Yes
Shopping: 4 km
Local currency: NOK
ATM: Yes, 5 km from port
Currency exchange: Yes, 5 km from port
Tax refund: No
Public telephones in pier area: Yes
Internet access in pier area: No
Mailboxes in pier area: No
Distances – airport: 0.7 km
Distance to city center: 4 km
Nearest hospital: Alta Medical Center 4 km,
Phone 78 44 90 20

Bunkers delivery /method: No
Supplies: Yes
Waste handling: Yes
Waste water method: No
Fresh water delivery: Yes
Tugboats: No
Anchorage: Yes
Pontoons: Yes
Pilot: No
Emergencies: Phone 113
Medical emergency: Phone 113
Charts: No
Tidal movement: 2.43 m tidal difference
ISPS approved: Yes
Designated quays for cruise ships: No
Ship tenders allowed: Yes
Beam: 40 m
Max size ship in port: So far, Century loa 248 m, 1/8-2008
Max number of passenger per day in port: 4000
Max number of ships per day in port: 2
Ships stay min /max: No limitation
Environmental limitations /restrictions: No
Port facilities according to
Cruise Norway`s guidelines: Yes
Maximum ship length: 265 m
Maximum ship draft and depth in sea:
10.25 m llw along the pier
Maximum ship air draft if bridge: 60 m
Type of bottom: Sand
Minimum depth: 45 m
Distance from anchorage to tender pier: 100 m