There’s almost as much art in Alta as there is in the Tate Gallery. But there’s not a canvass or watercolour in sight in this town, on the edge of the Altafjord. Instead, the drawings and murals are all done on rock, and they were created in prehistoric times. You’ll begin this trip with a visit to the Alta petroglyphs. There are more than 2,500 carvings and paintings on the rocks here, and the earliest were brought to being in 4,200 BC. As you walk around this World Heritage Site, you’ll see carvings of reindeer, fishermen, and hunting scenes. Even today, no-one agrees on the exact purpose of the petroglyphs. Some say tribes used them to mark their territory, others say they’re a Stone Age Bayeux Tapestry, used to record history. When you’ve formed your own opinion on their purpose you’ll move on to the second part of this trip – the Paeskatun Slate Quarry. The industry of this place has helped to keep Alta’s home fires burning for the best part of 200 years. The graphite-coloured stone is still exported all around the world. There’s plenty to look at in the slate souvenir shops.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.