Alta, The Slate City
We pick you up at your hotel and lead you to the slate quarry Pæskatun around 20 minutes south of Alta. On the way up, and later back from Pæskatun, we pass the city centre and the main attractions of Alta, like the Northern Lights Cathedral, the old Alta Church and the slate port. Along the way, our local and experienced tour guide loves to share the knowledge about Alta and point out the everywhere presence of our 800 million years old slate.
The history of the Alta slate industry reaches back to the end of 1860s. Up in the mountains at Pæskatun a visually and acoustically impressive presentation will teach you everything about the world famous Alta Quartzite Slate. It shows you how it is taken out of the mountain and how the slate workers make a roof tile out of the huge slate blocks.
Afterward, it’s your turn to be a “state worker-for-a-day” by using the traditional slate scissors to make your own real and unique Alta Slate souvenir! When done with the “hard” labour it is time to relax, explore our slate quarry or have a look into our slate worker hut museum to see how they lived and worked during the weekdays in the past. And let your eyes wander about the peaceful and calming scenery of the Alta river valley before we, unfortunately, have to tear us away from Pæskatun.
Departure from the old entrance at Scandic Hotel Alta at 11am Monday to Saturday
- Pick-up and transport
- Self-made slate souvenir
- Hot beverages
Clothing and shoes according to the season recommended.
We produce unique, exclusive slate souvenirs which can only be bought at Pæskatun.
Scandic Hotel, Thon Hotel, Altafjord Hotel, Alta Airport