Nordkapp

Nordkapp (North Cape) is a 307 m (1007 ft) high cliff rising above the Arctic Ocean, located in Finnmark county in Norway. It is the northernmost point in Europe reachable by car, and the northernmost place connected with the international road network.

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Knivsjellodden

Hike to Knivsjellodden. The track is marked with red T's. The distance is 8 km (5 mi), the hike takes an estimated two and a half hours, each way. Since the weather is unstable at this high latitude, you shall always leave a message were and when you left, in your car. For safety bring a GPS and mark a waypoint at the parking place.

DO   —  Map

Kirkeporten

A cliff with a hole trough, where the view towards Nordkapp can be enjoyed.

SEE   —  Map


Nordkappmuseet

Telling the aspects of fishieries and everyday life, in the far north.

SEE   —  +47 78477200 —  Map

Nordkapphallen

A big hall carved out in the plateau, where the view can be enjoyed.

SEE   —  Map


Birdsafari

See seabird like puffin, and the bird's mountain.

DO   —  Gjesvær

Nordkapp Jul og Vinterhus

Christmas decoration and the Nordkapp santa.

BUY   —  +47 78475289 —  Skarsvåg


Nordkapp Arran Hotel

SLEEP   —  +47 75 40 20 85 —  Kamøyvær


Corner Café

EAT   —  +47 78476340 —  Map

About Nordkapp

Nordkapp in midnight sun.
Nordkapp in midnight sun.
Nordkapp is promoted as the northernmost point of Europe, this is however not true. The neighbouring point Knivskjellodden is actually 1,457 m (4780 ft) further north.

The midnight sun may be enjoyed 14 May–29 July, unless it is a cloudy night.

Nordkapp – The North Cape, the North Cape Horn has always been a well-known and important point of orientation for all boats and ships navigating the area. The rock has had a great variety of names and it was only in the mid 16th century that it was given the present name.

In 1553 an English commander, Richard Chancellor passed Nordkapp and named the cliff as Nordkapp, the North Cape. From that time, it has been called Nordkapp. At that time it wasn't exactly the center of interest. But only 100 years later, the first "tourist" was reported to have climbed up to the plateau. He was an Italian priest named Francesco Negri. It took him more than two years to go from Italy on foot, by boat, on horseback, on sleighs and on skis. In 1664, finally having reached his destination, he noted in his travel log: "Here I am now on the North cape, at the extreme tip of Finnmark, really at the end of the world"

In the 18th and 19th centuries, a journey to Nordkapp was still an adventure – and an expensive one at that. One needed an own ship, to rent one with crew or to arrange an expedition through hundreds of kilometres of wilderness. This is why there were quite a few high-ranking people among the first tourists: Prince Louise Phillippe of Orleans, Oscar the second, King of Norway and Sweden, King Chualalonkorn of Thailand. He got his name and date carved into a rock on the top of the plateau. This rock can be seen in the Panorama hall in front of the souvenir shop. And Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was here also.

In 1875, London Travel agent Thomas Cook organized the first group travel to Nordkapp for 24 participants. At that time travelling to Nordkapp was very different compared to how it is now. There was no road leading across the island to the plateau. Travellers were taken by rowing boat from Skarsvåg or Gjesvær to Hornvika, just below the north cape. From there they had to climb up the steep and rocky ravine, to reach heigh of plateau. The first modest wooden buildings started to appear to the plateau. One of those was an hut "Stoppenbrink's Champagne Pavilion.


Source: wikivoyage