Northern Lights Observatory at Haldde, Alta, Finnmark, Norway 

On a mountain peak in the Alta municipality, 900 meters above sea level, Norway’s first, fixed Northern Lights Observatory was built. Today, this is a popular hiking destination, with magnificent views.

An international expedition came to Alta in 1838, with the support of the French king Ludvig Filip. The expedition was to overwinter, for example, to study the northern lights. Three small log cabins in Bossekop, which today form part of Alta, should act as observatories for the expedition.

Epic Norway Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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