North Adventure

AC226: Visit the Alta Museum

Visit the Alta Museum

Quick Facts

Season: Winter
Capacity: Maximum 20; Minimum 45
Duration: 1.5 hours
One way transport time: 15 minutes
Time at supplier: 1 hour
Intensity: Easy
Toilets Yes
Supplier: Alta Museum

Alta Museum sits amid a vast and famous field of rock carvings, discovered by locals beginning in 1973. These ancient carvings, made over a long period from 7,000 to 2,000 years ago, were inscribed into UNESCO'S list of Global Cultural Heritage in 1985. Although the outdoor carvings are covered by snow in the winter, the museum provides an indoor exhibit with many pictures and drawings of the carvings (and the first carving, on a loose rock, is on display), including pictures of rock fields that are closed to the public.

The museum has permanent exhibitions on the rock carvings, Sami and Christian religions, the Alta Dam controversy, the slate industry and the northern lights. Temporary exhibits downstairs cover a variety of topics related to life, nature and history in the northernmost part of Norway. The museum has a small cafe with a spectacular view of the Alta Fjord, and an outstanding souvenir shop that sells everything from books to locally crafted silver jewelry.

The group’s tour will include transport on a guided bus, plus guiding inside the museum. Visitors may also explore the museum on their own, and will have time to stop at the souvenir shop if desired.

Guests walk approximately 100 meters between the tour bus parking and the museum’s entrance.

Visit the Alta Museum