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Rock Art of Alta

Alta, Norway
+47 78 45 63 30
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Ranked #5 of 20 attractions in Alta
Type: Historic Sites
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Alamo, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We took a tour and the guide was quite knowledgable and informative (maybe a little too much for me). The ancient Sami carvings are so interesting: we can see people sailing and hunting and skiing. There are lots of depictions of reindeer and other animals. One can see the evolution of the Samis as the drawings at the top are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The Alta rock carvings are extraordinary in that they are not only located in the most stunning location with superb views of the Altafjord, they prove that the Sami people had learned to ski and were herding reindeer between 4000 and 6000 years ago! Not surprisingly they are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The carvings are situated adjacent... More

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Seattle, Washington
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I was deeply touched to be able to connect to our ancestors. Someone just like me left a record of their life. The stick figures are primitive and yet very informative. They had corrals and boats. It is very clear what most of the activities and animals or people are represented. We rented a car in Honingsvag and drove like... More

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Vossevangen, Norway
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15 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The rock carvings in Alta, subscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, are a unique possibility to learn how prehistoric people lived through the art on the rocks. They used the carvings in the same way we use books today (or all the modern electronic devices most of us use now): for communication. Alta Museum is an open-air... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We were really lucky because the weather was good and we were able to stay one step ahead of the German tour group. It was so worthwhile. The rock art is fantastic. The views are beautiful.

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10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

If you arrive on a dry day, this is a great spot to look at some thousands of years old rock art, complete with stunning sea views.

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The way the Museum has preserved and presented the rock carvings didn't disappoint. To make the carvings easier to see, some have been painted and it was a gentle walk round the wooden walkways (with wheelchair access), supported by an information leaflet for self guiding. If we had more time we could have used the new audio guide too. Note:... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

It is worth going for this visit. The rock cravings were interesting. We were in a tour group and a guide was with us so the narrative made it even more interesting. It's a nice walk as the rock cravings is outdoor and it's set in a beautiful surrounding. The views were stunning. Well worth a visit.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

It is amazing to think how long those petroglyphs have been there. I liked the fact that they had been outlined in red as it really brings them to life, though I understand that some feel that this is not appropriate. Like most ancient art they pose lots of questions but give very few answers.. Well worth visiting.

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Museum is not too big, but it does not matter, the rock art is the main attraction. The clerk almost got us believing that it is a long walk.. it was almost raining and the place was closing. Good tip: they do not close the walking path, so you can enjoy it late in the evening too, easy fun in... More

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