Highlights of this tour:
- Northern Lights Cathedral
- Borealis Alta
- Alta Museum
- Igloo Hotel
Alta’s major architectural landmark, dedicated to the beauty of the northern lights. You see the cathedral on the first picture on the left. The impressive architectural building is so much more than a church. It is also a meeting point for the community, a concert venue, and an event space for youth-related and cultural activities. The price includes a visit inside the cathedral. The opinions about the outside of the building divide many. Some call it a factory or and others truly love it. But everyone agrees that the inside is magnificent. The interior of the church is a combination of both spiritual and natural elements, which you see in the design and artwork. Pay a visit to this cathedral and see for yourself what all the fuss is about!
This marvelous museum is all about experiencing the northern lights. The exhibition tells various stories about the northern lights and their magical qualities. It shows the legends of the indigenous people, the Sami, and gives scientific explanations. The Sami believed that the lights were a manifestation of ancestral spirits. They also thought that waving at the lights was risky. The museum has an interactive experience where you can wave at the ceiling and play with the northern lights. Located in the northern lights cathedral, so when visiting, you kill two birds with one stone! Afterward, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at the cafe and talk about what theories of the northern lights you believed the most. The price includes only entrance to the center, the tour will not be guided.
Accessibility note: They have a ramp and lift. FYI, Borealis Alta is located underneath the church. The church and Borealis Alta are always open when a cruise ship is in port.
The Alta Museum features a couple of permanent exhibitions. You have an exhibition that focuses on the part of the rock with art that is not accessible to visitors. You also have the option to visit three real rock art boulders. As seen in picture 3. The other exhibitions show faith and religion of the Sami people, the silver treasures and market, the research of the northern lights in Alta and much more. Again, the price includes a visit inside without a guide.
Accessibility note: Alta Museum indoors is fully accessible for a wheelchair. On the outside in the rock art park, there are narrow wooden walkways. The western part, where the painted rock art is situated, is possible to visit with a wheelchair (not big electric). The route is 1,2 km and has some steep parts. So it is advisable to have some pushing the wheelchair. The museum has a wheelchair that people can borrow for free.
This tour also brings you to Sorrisniva where you enjoy lunch* and see the Igloo Hotel. It is the worlds most northern ice hotel. They build it every year from scratch, each time with a different theme. Experience the silence and serenity the hotel gives you. Roll around and explore all the handcrafted ice sculptures and have a cold drink in the bar. Everything in the Igloo Hotel is made of pure snow and ice. Their restaurant serves a delicious menu based on local food and traditions.
Because this is an ice hotel, it is only open in the winter season.
Accessibility note: The Igloo Hotel is accessible for people in a wheelchair, the snow inside is compact so there is no problem accessing the hotel. Their front entrance doesn’t have a wheelchair entrance – but they can bring guests in through the back door if necessary.
*Lunch is not included.
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