Northern Lights Safari

IMG_1104We at Pæskatun wants to share our fascination of the amazing and mythical Northern Lights and the overwhelming dark winter sky filled with countless stars, and you are hereby invited to come with us for the search for the Northern Lights. We will leave behind us the artificial lights from the town, and according to the weather forecast and our specific knowledge of the landscape and nature surrounding Alta we will search for the clearest sky and the best photo location.

Tour starts by first visiting Northern Lights Camp Alta at Pæskatun where guests will be provided with warm winter clothing and shoes. Then the search for the Northern Lights starts, most times we only need to go outside and look up and other times we need to go searching for clearer skies. As a photo location Pæskatun is excellent. Our experienced guides will explain the history, the research and scientific explanation behind the Northern Lights. We will help with camera settings, but also take portrait of guests with Northern Lights as background. This portrait will be sent to given e-mail address.

Duration time can vary depending up on how early the Northern Lights appears and how far we need to go to find them.

Hunting the Northern Lights!
Price

NOK 1500 per adult
NOK 1350 per student with valid students ID
NOK 750 per child 12 years and under
NOK 12000 per private exclusive tour (maximum 8)

PayPal, credit card or cash on arrival.

Departure

From old entrance at the Scandic Hotel Alta, then the other accommodations:

September (15th to 30th) - 20:00 h
October, November, December, January, February - 19:00 h
March (1st to 25th) - 19:00
March (26th to 31st) - 21:00
April (1st to 5th) - 21:00 h

Transport, portrait, hot beverages, soup and snacks are included.
Toilets at Northern Lights Camp
Warm winter clothing and shoes recommended
Thermal clothing and shoes available
For sale souvenirs and more at Pæskatun

Booking

Booking before 4pm same day as excursion

Book directly or contact Pæskatun for more information:
+47 97 06 04 89
post@peskatun.no

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Northern Lights Safari & Sami experiences

 

IMG_6487These tours starts with us picking you up at your accommodation before heading to the Northern Lights Camp Alta at Pæskatun where we get properly dressed to spend a winter night outside. Then we continue to the Sami village of Máze.

In Máze we can try reindeer sledding! While pulling old fashioned bridal sledges the reindeer will bring us out for a trip in a raid - the old way of moving people and their belongings. If we are lucky, the Northern Lights will dance in the skies above us!

After the raid or when just visiting the Sami herding family, we will enter the lavvu (Sami tent) where we will learn about the Sami culture and history. We will circle the árran (fireplace) sitting on reindeer skins while being 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!

Máze is also the home of a famous Sami composer that is opening his studio-doors for us and we can experience some of his compositions in exceptionally beautiful surroundings.

On the way back to the Northern Lights Camp Alta we will continue the search for the Northern Lights, finding the best photo location, help you with camera setting that ables you to take your own pictures but also we will take pictures of you with the Northern Lights as background and send the photo to given e-mail. The camp at Pæskatun is situated high up in the mountains that make it to a very good photo location, and here we 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 your hotel or starting point.

Join us for a wonderful winter activity!
See "Sami & Reindeer Experiences / Northern Lights Safari" to learn more

Price

Minimum 2 adults

From NOK 3350 to NOK 3700 per adult
Children half price

Transport, portrait, hot beverages, snacks and meal included

Season

15.09-05.04
Northern Lights Safari and Sami experience in lavvu
Northern Lights Safari and Sami composer

15.01-31-03
Northern Lights Safari and Sami experience in lavvu with reindeer sledding

Duration

5 to 7 hours according to experience composition

Warm winter clothing and shoes recommended
Thermal clothing and shoes available
For sale souvenirs and more at Pæskatun

Booking

Contact Pæskatun for booking or more information:

+47 97 06 04 89
post@peskatun.no


Northern Lights Camp Alta

IMG_1071We at Pæskatun wants to share our fascination of the amazing and mythical Northern Lights and the overwhelming dark winter sky filled with countless stars, and you are hereby invited to come to our Northern Lights Camp Alta.

More often than not the skies above Alta are clear or just partly clouded, which indicate that almost every night it will be possible to see the Northern Lights when it appears. As the site is high up in the mountains we can offer a fantastic view over the valley and see the lights from Alta down in the horizon. This, along with the non light-polluted firmament, makes the site to a very good photo location.

At site there will be several possibilities to spend the waiting time in an interesting way; Pæskatun is a slate quarry and the guests can be given a demonstration on how the slateworkers produces a roof tile; we have a large screen where pictures and movies of the Northern Lights will be showed and the phenomenon explained; we have several warm slate cottages where you can sit down and warm up a bit and learn about the slate history of Alta that will be on display; in the lavvu (Sami tent) you can sit around the campfire, or you can just wander around and enjoy the winter night and the snow.

The guides at Pæskatun will help you with camera settings that ables you to take your own Northern Lights pictures

Let the Northern Lights come to you!
Price

NOK 750 per adult

Children half price

Transport from/to town centre included
PayPal, credit card or cash on arrival

At sale there will be hot beverages, snacks, cakes, souvenirs and slate to cut your own souvenir

Also possible to purchase a portrait that we take with the Northern Lights as background (sent to given e-mail)

Season

15.09-05.04
Duration: 3-4 hours

Warm winter clothing and shoes recommended

Booking

Northern Lights Camp Alta is arranged when bigger events take place and/or when we have cruise arrivals in Alta. There might be places available for you too!

Northern Lights Camp Alta is also available for groups!

Contact Pæskatun for booking or more information:
+47 97 06 04 89
post@peskatun.no

Also booking through:
North Adventure +47 95 47 15 53
Tourist Information Alta +47 99100022

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Northern Lights Show

The Northern Lights have mesmerized us since the first came wandering up to these latitudes thousands of years ago. Without today's rational and scientific explanations the Northern Lights were explained through myths and religion.

Scientists however have been interested of the phenomenon since before the Enlightenment, and their explanations have also been many and sometimes one could say, a bit fanciful.

In the era of aurora research Alta has a special place, the pioneers came here to study, and did you know that Alta’s long history associated with the Northern Lights has its origin in the French Revolution? Through a fun, exciting and educational presentation we take you through Alta’s amazing aurora history here at Pæskatun and with spectacular images and movies of the phenomenon, the presentation can be carried out both in summer and winter!

As Pæskatun is located high up in the mountain side of the Alta Valley we can also offer a fantastic view and Pæskatun is also a very good photo location.

Learn about the Aurora!
Groups only

10 – 100 persons
Year around
Duration: 30-60 minutes

Recommending:
Combine Northern Lights Show with Alta Quartzite Slate Show
Also possible to combine with dinner or lunch

Toilets at Basecamp
Warm clothing and shoes recommended when winter
For sale souvenirs and more at Pæskatun
In wintertime we will set up Star Binoculars and there will be an aurora alert constantly looking for the Northern Lights

Booking

Contact Pæskatun for booking or more information:
+47 97 06 04 89
post@peskatun.no


Northern Lights Evening

In collaboration with Scandic Hotel Alta we can offer Northern Lights Evening with two-course dinner and  Northern Lights Show at Pæskatun.

In our yard some of Scandic Hotel best chefs will prepare the meal based on local ingredients. In rather special environments and different atmosphere, but elegant table settings, you will enjoy an exquisite dinner.

If cultural elements should be on the wish list, this can be arranged.

With the good weather conditions we have in Alta there is a good possibility to see the Northern Lights almost every evening. Then we can also use the star binoculars and study the stars and planets on the firmament!

A special night!
Groups only

10 – 100 persons

Aurora season: 15.09 - 05.04
Duration: 4-5 hours

Recommending:
Combine with Alta Quartzite Slate Show

Toilets at Basecamp
Warm winter clothing and shoes recommended
For sale souvenirs and more at Pæskatun

Booking

Contact Pæskatun for booking or more information:
+47 97 06 04 89
post@peskatun.no

 

 

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