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Rock Art of Alta

Address: Alta, Norway
Phone Number: +47 78 45 63 30
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Ranked #2 of 14 Attractions in Alta
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Moraga, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Walking along the paths to view these carvings was amazing to see. The photo shows the carvings in red (to see more easily), but they are in the process of removing the color so they will be in it's original state. You may have to devote more time on the walk as the carvings will be more difficult to see.... More 

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Aarhus Denmark
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

unesco protected area. VERY interesting. Situated at the bottom of a fjord- I can understand that people from the stone age settled here.

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Alamo, California
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63 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
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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
69 helpful votes 69 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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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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