Reindeer were the most important food for our European ancestors. About 6000 years ago some stone age person was carving this picture of a reindeer in the rocks. Bølareinen is probably the most famous rock art in Norway, and is visited by about 30.000 people every year. Included many tourists who stop to visit on their way to North Cape.
The carving of the life size reindeer was found in 1842. Since then more carvings are discovered in the area, like a bear and a person, the latter in 2001. The carvings in Bølareinen used to be painted, but the new trends for archealogical rock art sites is to not add any colour. That way it is harder to see the art of our ancestors, but at the same time, this is maybe how they were originally.
There is a small waterfall among the different rock art in this place, and some information.
There are more pictures from Bølareinen in my photo gallery. And also pictures from other rock art sites in Norway. And I have previously made a post about the rock art of Alta, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1885.