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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Alta, Norway

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Alta...

Alta is a coastal city in Norway. It is a relatively small coastal town in proximity to the ocean with a population of 12077 people. The water temperature around Alta changes moderately during the year. The temperature ranges from 3.4°C (38.1°F) in April up to 10.2°C (50.3°F) in the month of August, as shown in the graph below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 6°C (43°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Alta is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature near Alta?

The current water temperature in the month of February in the waters close to Alta is approximately:
4°C (39°F)

Are there surf spots near by?

Not too many surf spots are in close proximity to Alta. The next good one is Unstad, which is 274.4km (170.4miles) away from Alta. Click here for more information on Unstad and its current water temperature. If you don't mind the long drive, you can also try Smitingen, which is approximately 535.8km (332.8miles) away from Alta. Another fun surfspot is Smitingen, located roughly 535.8km (332.8miles) from Alta.

Are there beaches near by?

No, not many beaches are close to Alta. The closest decent beach is Kangasjärvi, which is almost 540.9km (336miles) away from Alta. If you don't mind the drive, you can also try Ruissalo, which is roughly 660km (409.9miles) away from Alta.

What wetsuit thickness do I need for Alta?

The water temperature around Alta is very cold, reaching up to 10°C (50°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a 4-5mm wetsuit is required to be able to stay in the water for a significant amount of time, but some might even be fine with a very good 4/3mm suit for short amounts of time for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving around Alta. However, during spring, temperatures reach lows of nearly 3°C (38°F). During this time, a 5-6mm drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is required to be able to stay in the water for several hours, but some might even be fine with a very good 5/6mm wetsuit for very short periods of time . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be advisable to bring a stack of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the scuba diving and fishing near Alta?

Due to relatively large sea temperature changes during the year, fishing and diving conditions alter a lot depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 3 to 8°C (38-47°F) during March, April, and May. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions typically change during July, August, and September when temperatures reach 5 to 10°C (41-50°F). Fish which can often times be found in waters of this temperature range include: Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog.

Directions to Alta: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Interesting facts about Alta...

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