Alta Quartzite Slate Experiences

Alta Quartzite Slate Show

i287104489190798402._szw480h1280_ 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 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 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 3rd and 4th generation are doing this hard labour.

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 an experienced slateworker will show you how he is splitting and cutting the slate into a roof tile in both old and new 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!

When coming to Pæskatun you will see slate everywhere, but also some old slate cottages where the slateworkers were living in and working in during weekdays in the old times. As the site is high up in the mountains we can also offer a fantastic view over the valley. The yard has benches where guests can sit down and enjoy the panoramic view, and we can set up the star binoculars to see if there is something interesting going on down there in the city center! We can also make a campfire in the big lavvu (tent) and provide an introduction to “Sami lives in lavvu”.

Let us know what you would like to experience at Pæskatun!

Fascinating! Interesting!
Groups only

10 – 100 persons

Year around
Duration: 2 hours

Recommendation:
Combine with Northern Lights Show
Combine with a cultural event/private concert

Clothing according to season

Some of the slate at Pæskatun goes into the production of gifts and souvenirs; these can be purchased at site

Booking

Contact Pæskatun for booking or more information

+47 97 06 04 89
post@peskatun.no




Alta Quartzite Slate & City Tour

A tour that will bring you out of the centre and up to the slate mountain. There you can see and learn about the world famous Alta Quartzite Slate, from the slate block is taken out of the mountain and until it is a pre-manufactured roof tiles. Then it’s your turn to be a “slateworker-for-a-day” and make your own real Alta souvenir of slate!

We pick you up at your hotel and drive past some of Alta’s sights (Northern Lights Cathedral, Alta Church, Alta Museum) on the way up to Pæskatun, and in returning to the hotel, we will pass some other sights (Altagård, Alta river) before the drop off. Along the way, the experienced guide will share his knowledge of Alta.

Come and join us on a tour of Alta!
Year around
Duration 2.5 hours
Minimum 2 adults

Departure from the old entrance at Scandic Hotel Alta at 11am Monday to Saturday, then the other hotels/accommodations

Price

NOK 1200 per person
NOK 600 per child 12 and under
NOK 1080 per student with valid students ID
NOK 9600 per private exclusive tour (maximum 8)

PayPal, cash or credit card on arrival
Transport, hot beverages and snacks included
Clothing according to season

Some of the slate at Pæskatun goes into the production of gifts and souvenirs; these can be purchased at site

Booking

Booking berfore 4pm one day upfront! But call us anyway, there might be space for you on today’s outing!

Book directly or contact Pæskatun for more information

+47 97 06 04 89
post@peskatun.no

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Alta Quartzite Slate Evening

1304001339065.MaxSize.w-1000.h-1000.Save.imgCome and experience Alta Quartzite Slate in magnificent setting on Pæskatun – 20 minute drive from the center 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. We can promise a genuine experience and a memory for life.

A slate evening at Pæskatun means that we invite you to dine in very special surroundings. Inside the slate hall there will be elegant table setting and when seated around the tables, you will be served a delicious meal based on local ingredients. The meal is prepared at site by some of Scandic Hotel’s best chefs! When the meal is over we move out to the slate lodges and the lavvu tent while the hall is being re-organized. In the lavvu we can tell you about the Sami culture and history.

Then it’s back into the slate hall which now is ready for the Alta Quartzite Slate Show. The experienced slateworker will demonstrate how to produce a tile stone the old fashioned way, but also show how he does it today with modern equipment.

At the end of the Slate Evening everyone can try the slate scissors and produce their own proper souvenir of Alta Quartzite Slate!

A special night!
Groups only (10-100)

Year around
Duration: 5 hours

Clothing according to season
Some of the slate at Pæskatun goes into the production of gifts and souvenirs; these can be purchased at site

Booking

Contact Pæskatun for booking or more information

+47 97 06 04 89
post@peskatun.no


Alta Quartzite Slate Workshop with lunch

image2.aspxCleave, split, sweep, scratch and cut. A slate workshop at Pæskatun will give you a thorough knowledge of these ancient concepts. You must in fact do them yourself! We divide the group into teams and everyone must try their hand at the various techniques. You can compete on time or technique, or no competition – just having fun and do something you never thought you would ever do!

After a hard physical session it will be time to bench ourselves around the long table in the old and cozy slate cottage where a delicious lunch will be served.

Pæskatun bears all the necessary equipment as well as training and guidance along the way. Good shoes are recommended and the nice clothing should be left at the hotel.

Be a slateworker (for one day)!
Groups only (5-15)

Year around
Duration: 4 hours

Clothing according to season and type of work
Some of the slate at Pæskatun goes into the production of gifts and souvenirs; these can be purchased at site

Booking

Contact Pæskatun for booking or more information

+47 97 06 04 89
post@peskatun.no

 

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