A day trip down the Alta River by canoe is a must for anyone wishing to experience something truly wonderful! You rarely get so close to nature as you do in a canoe. No previous experience required – all necessary instruction will be given.
We offer daily departures during the summer season. Unless otherwise agreed, we will paddle down the Alta River.
However, we can also offer this adventure on calm lakes. In such cases, we travel to Kvenvik west of Alta. Read more about this alternative near the bottom of this article.
The Alta River by canoe
We pick up the participants at their hotel and drive together up to Bollo, where the paddling trip starts. Bollo is one of the best fishing spots along the Alta River and it’s not improbable that we will see salmon jumping. Perhaps we will meet some salmon fishermen about to end their fishing period at 12 noon.
Previous paddling experience is not required to participate in this trip, as all necessary instruction will be provided before we set off down the river. In many ways the Alta River is a “kind” river with many gentle sections, which every so often give way to rapids. However, accidents can happen to the best of us and canoes can overturn. All our participants wear life jackets and we start by going through what to do in various situations, so this should be completely undramatic. During the summer the temperature is mild (up to round 16 °C) and the water level is low so the current isn’t so swift.
Nature and animal life
This trip takes us through the lower reaches of the picturesque valley of Altadalen and the Alta River. The landscape here is dominated by coniferous and broadleaf forest and cultural and agricultural areas. Paddling in a canoe provides a close-up encounter with the animal life, such as white-tailed sea eagles, various duck species and, if you’re lucky, the king of the forest, the moose.
A culinary journey
The trip down the river is also a culinary experience. We aspire to serve good food, preferably grilled over an open fire on the riverbank. Lunch is included on this trip will be prepared over open fire and served in the great outdoors.
The Alta River (or Altaelva as it’s known in Norwegian) plays a central part of the history of Alta and also forms an important part of the identity of locals of Alta. During the trip, your guide will tell you about the history of the river, organisation of fishing rights, the damming of the river and construction of the hydroelectric power plant and the subsequent years.
If the participants prefer, we can offer a canoeing trip on a calm lake. In such cases we choose the Kvenvik area. We normally base the decision on the weather forecast. In many ways, the content is the same. We experience majestic nature and have rich experiences, but you will have to put in more effort as there is no current to help us. We can enjoy the flora, fauna and geography en route.
Details concerning lunch, duration and instruction are the same as for trips on the Alta River.
Depending on the weather and temperature, it’s a good idea to wear waterproof/resistant or hiking pants, and a sweater or jacket. If it’s really warm, you can wear lighter clothing, such as shorts. Always bring protective clothing as the weather can change quickly and the mosquitoes can be a nuisance.
Remember that you may overturn: so you need to bring a complete change of clothes including shoes packed in a waterproof pack. (if you don’t have a water proof pack, we will borrow you one for free)
It’s also a good idea to bring a warm sweater/jacket and hat/gloves.
Day trip (11:30am – 5pm) including lunch: NOK 1450 per person