Next to nothing. Close to everything.

This is arctic living.

Tom Birger Anundsen

Alta is located at 700 North. Far above the Arctic Circle, at the intersection of the sea and the “vidde”. This geographic area has, since the Stone Age, been a meeting place for several indigenous people groups. They have built their common history and future on entrepreneurship and drive to master the rugged arctic environment.

Alta. Áltá. Alattio.

The “three tribes meeting” is an expression that conveys that the settlement in an area or place has mainly consisted of Sami, Kven and Norwegians. For centuries they have lived side by side in the arctic region.

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