experience the best slate in the world

ALTA SLATE

Learn more about the long tradition of slate in Alta

Pæskatun is the home of the very important slate industry in Alta, and slate from the quarry can be found all over the world.

SLATE EXPERIENCE

Available all year round

Up in the mountains at Pæskatun a visually and acoustically impressive presentation will teach you everything about the world famous Alta Quartzite Slate and how it is taken out of the mountain. At Pæskatun one of our experienced and enthusiastic slateworkers will proudly demonstrate one complete, practical work flow – from a huge slate block to a pre-manufactured roof tile. After showing how he is using them, it will be your turn to try them; to produce a proper, self-made souvenir of Alta Quartzite Slate!

Season: All year round
Capacity: 10-60
Duration: 1.5-2 hours at the site (depending on group size)
Departure: As agreed
Price: Contact us with more information about your group
Booking before 4pm three days upfront!
But call us anyway, there might be space for you on today’s outing!

Alta Quartzite Slate. One of the best if not the best high quality slates in the world! 7-800 million year old sediments that after have been kilometres under the bedrock came up to the surface in Alta for about 250 million years ago. Exploiting the slate has been an industry in Alta since the early 1860’s. Generations of hard working men have supported their families by taking out slate from the mountains south of Alta town and now at Pæskatun the 3rdand 4th generation are doing this hard labour.

Up in the mountains at Pæskatun a visually and acoustically impressive presentation will teach you everything about the world famous Alta Quartzite Slate and how it is taken out of the mountain. A slateworker of today has a warm, modern hall and different equipment to ease the work, but still his skills and a steady, strong hand is required. At Pæskatun one of our experienced and enthusiastic slateworkers will proudly demonstrate one complete, practical work flow – from a huge slate block to a pre-manufactured roof tile.

A very important tool for the slateworker is his slate scissors. And after showing how he is using them, it will be your turn to try them; to produce a proper, self-made souvenir of Alta Quartzite Slate! 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.

Take a coffee and snacks and make yourself comfortable at our nicely arranged places. 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.

Included

  • Transport
  • Self-made slate souvenir
  • Hot beverages
  • Snacks

Additional information

Clothing and shoes according to the season recommended
We produce unique, exclusive and also high class slate souvenirs which can only be bought at Pæskatun

VISIT PÆSKATUN

Available from June 6th to August 20th

Visit the only existing Alta slate museum at Pæskatun right next to the main mining section at the hillside of the slate mountain Pæska.
We are located around 20 minutes away from Alta city centre, and already on the last kilometre before you reach our family business you will realize that you are surrounded by slate.

Season: 20.06 – 20.08 Monday – Saturday
No entrance fee: enjoy our outdoor area and gallery with slate products
NOK 50: Museum and slate huts and workshop
NOK 150: Guiding with lots of insider information from our pros and a short demonstration how the traditional slate scissors were used
NOK 75: Produce your own unique slate souvenir with the slate scissors

The history of the Alta slate industry reaches back to the beginning of 1860s. Nowadays the family business of Pæskatun is run in the 3rd and 4th generation. Our place consists of several original slate huts which give you an impression about the work conditions many years back when the slate industry started to bloom here.

Have a look into the modern workshop and if you are lucky you can look one of us over our shoulder working with the considered Best Slate in the World.

If nobody is active right now, be informed about slate work via old photos and pictures/movies which are shown on our screens.
Feel free to explore our surrounding covered by massive raw material blocks and pre-manufactured products.

Besides the main products like tomb stones, roof- and floor tiles we produce a high variety of exclusive items which are presented in our exhibition hut and the main workshop.

Are you excited to see what we are able to do out of slate then you are more than welcome to visit us. If all that sound interesting to you then meet us at the slate mountain!

Even our fantastic view down the Alta river valley is worth a visit and with our star binocular you can have a look what is going on in Alta city 😉

SLATE EVENING

Available from May 1st to August 31st

A slate evening at Pæskatun means that we invite you to dine in an outstanding surrounding. Inside the heated slate hall there will be an elegant table setting and when seated around the tables, you will be served a delicious meal based on local ingredients prepared by the chefs of Alta.

Obs! Groups only.

Season: 01.05 – 31.08
Capacity: 10-100
Duration: 4-5 hours
Departure: As agreed
Price: Contact us with more information about your group
Booking at least one week prior

Come and experience Alta Quartzite Slate at Pæskatun – 20 minutes south of Alta.

For more than 20 years we have with joy and pride presented our important and unique slate industry to guests from near and far. To show you how the slate industry in Alta has developed since the 1860’s we illustrate that by a movie and picture slide show on the big screen (size 3x4 meter/ 120x160”). Nowadays a slateworker has a warm, modern hall and different equipment to ease the work, but still his skills and a steady, strong hand is required.

At Pæskatun one of our experienced slateworkers will proudly demonstrate one complete, practical work flow – from a huge slate block to a pre-manufactured roof tile in both old and present techniques. A very important tool for the slateworker is his slate scissors. And after showing how he is using them, it will be your turn to try them; to produce a proper, self-made souvenir of Alta Quartzite Slate!

If extra arrangements should be on the wish list we can arrange different options for you – have a closer look below at “Recommendations”. Just let us know how you imagine your perfect event.

Additional information

Clothing and shoes according to the season is recommended.
We produce unique, exclusive slate souvenirs which can only be bought at Pæskatun.

Recommendations

  • Combine with Northern Lights Presentation (history and scientific background)
  • Combine with Alta Quartzite Slate Presentation (history and geology)
  • Combine with Alta Quartzite Slate Demonstration (producing a roof tile)
  • Combine with Sami story telling in the lavvu (Sami tent)
  • Combine with special arrangements like live music or artists (contact us)

 

 

ALTA – SLATE CITY TOUR

Available all year round

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.

Season: All year round
Capacity: 2-8 (minimum 2 adults)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Price: NOK 1200/600 per adult/child (12 years and under)
NOK 8400 per private exclusive tour (max 8)
Departure: 11:00 Monday-Saturday
Pick-up: At your hotel
Booking before 4pm the day before

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

Included

  • Pick-up and transport
  • Self-made slate souvenir
  • Hot beverages
  • Snacks

Additional information

Clothing and shoes according to the season recommended
We produce unique, exclusive slate souvenirs which can only be bought at Pæskatun