Stay safe in the mountains

Alta is more than just Finnmarksvidda. In the south of the county, the risk of avalanches increases considerably.

Many people think that Alta and Finnmark are only Finnmarksvidda. Fortunately, we have more to offer, but remember that Finnmarksvidda can show its inhospitable and merciless side.

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 varsom.no 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.

Most Norwegians know the Mountain Codes, and they are finally translated to English. It is important to know them, and it is important to use them when traveling in the mountains. If the area is unfamiliar, it is absolutely best to ally with a local guide.

  1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
  2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
  3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
  4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
  5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
  6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
  7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
  8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
  9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary

The mountai codes apply to both summer and winter, autumn and spring. In addition, it is important to take wildlife into account. Especially in the spring and autumn, it is calving and estrus time for animals and birds.