Far north of the Arctic Circle, in Alta, we find one of northernmost sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is the richest concentration of than 6.000 carvings and paintings have so far been discovered at the head of the Alta Fjord, indicating that this area held an important role as a ritual meeting place for several thousand years, from 7000 – 2.000 years ago.
The rock carvings were part of the rituals and beliefs of the prehistoric people. The panels depict reindeer, bears, elks, whales, and seabirds, humans dancing and playing drums, skiing, fishing and hunting. They almost seem to make the Stone Age come alive!
Numerous panels are connected by a 3 km long pathway system. The museum next to the rock art park offers guided tours, audio guides and guide booklets in different languages. The museum has both permanent and temporary exhibitions, a café and a gift shop.