Alta, where it's located

The climate of Alta is subarctic, with very cold winters and cool summers.
The city is located on the northern Norwegian coast, but within a fjord, so it is colder in winter (and warmer in summer) than cities like Hammerfest or the North Cape. Since we are at the 69th parallel, therefore north of the Polar Circle, the sun does not rise (polar night) from November 26th to January 16th. Alta is called the "city of the northern lights", because it has a relatively dry climate compared to the western coast of Norway, but less cold than in the inland areas of Finnmark. Therefore, in the long winter nights, it is relatively easier to observe the northern lights.
The sun does not set (midnight sun) from May 18th to July 27th. The white nights occur as early as April 11th and until September 1st.
During the coldest winters, the temperature dropped to -29 °C (-20 °F) in January 1987 and to -32 °C (-25.5 °F) in January 1999. In summer, the temperature reached 27 °C (80.5 °F) in July 2014, and as high as 33 °C (91.5 °F) in July 2018.
The average temperature of the coldest month (January) is of -7.3 °C (19 °F), that of the warmest month (July) is of 14 °C (57 °F). Here are the average temperatures.
Alta - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)-11-11-8-32711950-6-9
Max (°C)-4-4-1381417161150-3
Min (°F)121218273645524841322116
Max (°F)252530374657636152413227

Precipitation amounts to 415 millimeters (16.3 inches) per year: it is therefore quite scarce. It ranges from 20 mm (0.8 in) in the driest month (April) to 50 mm (2 in) in the wettest (July). Here is the average precipitation.
Alta - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)403025202530504535403540415
Prec.(in)1.61.210.811.221.81.41.61.41.616.3
Days10866668881081095

The sea temperature ranges between 4 °C (39 °F) and 11 °C (52 °F). So, it is cold all year round. Here are the average sea temperatures.
Alta - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)54445710109876
Temp (°F)413939394145505048464543

Alta

Best Time


The best time to visit Alta is the summer, in July and August, since they are the mildest months. However, you must take into account cloudy skies, some rain and a bit of cold at night.