How to travel green in Alta

Taking care of the environment is important to us. We will arrange for the environmental footprint of the local population and our guests to be as small as possible.

Sustainable destinations focus on taking care of nature, culture and the environment. Together, we will contribute to economic viability. We must do our part to ensure that the tourism industry has as little impact on the environment and culture as possible, while at the same time ensuring a positive impact and development for the local population, tourism companies and our guests.

Make sustainable choices!

  1. Use public transport
    Public transport is the most environmentally friendly way to travel. You can easily get around Alta and Finnmark by bus. Here you will find an overview of the transport options in Alta.
  2. Eat short travelled and local food
    The restaurants follow the seasons and you thus get to taste the season you visit us in. The chefs have a good relationship with fishermen, farmers and reindeer herders and thus get first-class ingredients. The food served is in season and the animals have lived in the local area through generations and traditions. Read more about local food here.
  3. Shop local
    It is always a good choice to shop locally. Here you gain first-class knowledge of the local area and that you help maintain jobs that are important to the region.
  4. Don’t leave unnecessary traces in nature
    Use marked paths and avoid leaving marks in nature. Use existing fire pits and make sure there is no fire hazard in the area. Bring your own firewood, so that you do not destroy trees and plants in the nature around you. Remember the general fire ban near forests from 15th of April to 15th of September.
  5. Respect animals, birds and plants
    Show consideration for wildlife. This applies especially in the spring and autumn during the calving period and the estrus period. Make sure to keep a good distance from wild animals and do not cause the animals unnecessary stress. It is illegal to remove eggs from nests. Remember the restraining order from 1 April to 20 August. Everyone is allowed to pick blueberries and lingonberries. As for mullets, it is forbidden to pick mullets in what is called “cloudberry land”, if the landowner has prohibited it. It is always permitted to pick mullets that are eaten on the spot, also in cloudberry land.
  6. Take your trash home
    We see it as a matter of course that we take the rubbish home with us from trips and activities. There are many people who want to use the same hiking areas or activities, and we leave nature in the same state as we would like to find it: clean and free of litter.
  7. Make use of campsites
    Use the tent pitches at the campsites, where there are also toilets and rubbish containers. Allemannsretten also allows camping in outlying areas, but the rules here are clear: a minimum of 150 meters from buildings and a maximum stay of two days.
  8. Respect private property
    Do not drive or park on private roads or forest roads without asking permission first. If you open gates, remember to close them so that animals such as cows, sheep and reindeer are not released.
  9. Make use of local guides
    The nature in Alta and Finnmark is unique, but it can also show its inhospitable side. For your safety, we recommend using local guides who know the areas, the weather and the weather well.
  10. Show respect
    Show consideration for other hikers. In Norway, it is customary to say hello to those we meet along the hiking trails. Remember that the silence of nature is part of the experience.
  11. Pay attention to avalanche safety
    In some parts of the region there is a great risk of landslides. Be aware of checking the weather and conditions before you go on a trip. Use the online portal to keep up to date on the avalanche danger in your area. Here you will also find advice on how to plan your trip in the best possible way. The weather can change quickly and it is therefore a good idea to bring extra clothes and food.

Our environmentally certified partners

Some of our partners are environmentally certified, while others are in the process. Visit Alta received its ECO Lighthouse certification on 1 June 2021 and is well underway to ensure that our environmental footprint is as small as possible and to increase our own and our partners’ awareness.