Slettnes fyr

Slettnes lighthouse: the road to the end of Europe

Slettnes fyr is the world’s northernmost mainland lighthouse. Located in Finnmark county, between the Barents Sea and the Nordkyn mountains of Norway, this is where Europe drops into the sea and one of the world's northernmost road ends.

Tucked away 4 km north of the charming village of Gamvik, the road to Slettnes Lighthouse is mostly unpaved, with many holes but navigable by all passenger vehicles. The lighthouse was built in 1905, destroyed in 1944 and rebuilt in 1945-48. It is 39-metre (128 ft) tall.

Located on the northern coast of the Nordkinn Peninsula, the road will bring you to the very top of Mainland Europe. Starting at the charming village of Gamvik, in Gamvik Municipality, the road to the lighthouse is 3.4km (2.11 miles) long. Take care with the wind.

At the end of the road there’s a small parking and a cafe. The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. The building and a 12 square-kilometer area surrounding it was made a nature reserve by the Directorate for Cultural Heritage in 1998. From the tower, there are fantastic views of sea, plain, and mountains. From the top of the tower, visitors are offered spectacular views of the endless ocean and the harsh but beautiful nature. In winter it appears lifeless beneath the magical Northern Lights. In spring and autumn it is the stage for fantastic wildlife displays as manyrare species of bird appear in greater numbers here than anywhere else on Earth. In summertime, Slettnes is teeming with life in the thicket and water.

 

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