I and my wife spend two nights in Alta to mainly view the Northern Lights. We decided Alta because it is less commercial and I found a good response from Owner of GLOD Trygve Nygard. http://glodalta.no/en/hunting-the-northern-lights/ We stayed at Rica Hotel which is centrally located next to a mall and has an outstanding breakfast buffet. On the night of 10th January 2013,a group of 13 was divided into two vans and after driving 30 Klm south we were able to see the lights in green and red for half an hour and Trygve helped in taking some excellent photos.
On the nights of 11th January Trygve's 25 year old son BJORN (Thomas) drove a group of 8 and we had another night of viewing the lights for more than an hour. Both father and son are well experienced and devote their energies in trying their best to chase the lights.
On our return we stopped for a night in Tromso and saw large groups going in big buses to chase the lights and we were pleased that we chose Alta and for us it is was a good city to explore.
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