4 km to Alta center. Shuttle service mostly provided. Taxis are generally available at the Bukta pier.
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For thousand of years people have been attracted to this community at the head of the Alta Fjord. Lush, green and hospitable – Alta is a sheltered oasis in the otherwise cold and windswept Finnmark landscape.
Halfway between the grim, barren mountain plateau and the wet, stormy coast, Alta offers tree-clad valleys, pleasant temperatures and no more rain than parts of the Sahara desert. Alta offers marvelous scenic experiences all year round. Its well-developed public services and the countryside and landscape around Alta make it a good place to visit and live.The biggest attraction in town is a collection of Unesco protected rock carvings, which date from 4000 BC. Alta Museum is the pride of the community. In 1993 the Museum won the prize as the best museum in Europe. The museum is situated next to the now famous rock carvings, discovered by locals as late as 1973. These ancient Rock Carvings were inscribed into the UNESCO list of Global Cultural heritage in 1985.
The outdoor area, overlooking the magnificent Alta Fjord, is furnished with walking paths enabling visitors to explore the rock carvings site at leisure in the summer and autumn seasons.
4 km to Alta Centrum. Shopping center open 10:00 - 20:00 (17:00). Grocery stores 9:00 - 22:00 (20:00).
The Norwegian currency is the Norwegian crown (Norske krone), abbreviated kr. A 1/100th krone is called øre. 1.00 EUR = about 9 NOK. Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world!
ATMs in Norway are called Minibank.
Nearly all stores accept major credit cards such as Mastercard and Visa (Bring your passport/driver's license, as you are required to identify yourself when using a credit card).
Norwegian is the official language of Norway. The language is very close and mutually intelligible with the two other Scandinavian languages, English widely spoken.
Most Norwegian households are connected to the internet in some way (often broadband), making Cybercafés hard to find outside major cities, due to a relatively small market. Most public libraries have free public access to the internet. WiFi is in many spots (not free).
Opening hours in Norway are better than they used to be but many smaller stores still close early on Saturday (1 PM or 3 PM is typical) and nearly everything is closed on Sundays. You'll often see opening hours written as "9-21 (9-18)" on doors, meaning 9 AM to 9 PM weekdays, 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday.
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