Alta city’s highpoint is Komsa Mountain. It may not compare in height or size with Bergen’s Seven Mountains or Tromsø’s Mount Storsteinen, but it has just as much significance to the thriving little Arctic city.
In good weather, the panorama view is spectacular of the Alta Fjord and the city. The sunsets of the Arctic are wonderful to watch–you really feel on top of the world. Komsa is a special place to view the Midnight Sun and even the Northern Lights as the summit is reachable in the winter.
The mountain has spiritual significance for the Sami people with an old sacrificial stone, dubbed The Medicine Woman where trinkets and valuables were offered up to nature. In 1925, the geologist and archaeologist Anders Nummedal discovered remnants of Stone Age settlements on the mountain. The findings became known as “Komsa culture”. And in 2000, a field of rock carvings were uncovered, consisting of seven figures.
For the locals, the Komsa is a destination for exercise, nature watching, sunbathing, grilling, and picking berries. The mountain has many hiking routes over the top and around to the beaches on either side, as well as skiing tracks in the winter. Even though the mountain has standard tracks, they dodge around rocks, shrubbery and trees giving hikers many options. It is said you can never come down the same way you climbed up Komsa Mountain–but it’s always fun to try.
As with most hiking mountains in Norway, Komsa has a sign-in the guestbook where people from around the world can leave their mark among the local contributors.