Slettnes Lighthouse is the world’s northernmost mainland lighthouse. It’s located 4 kms north of the charming village of Gamvik, in Norway, and the road is gravel. This is where Europe drops into the sea and one of the world's northernmost road ends.
Starting from the charming village of Gamvik, in Gamvik Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway, the road is 3.4km long. The lighthouse was built in 1905, destroyed in 1944 and rebuilt in 1945-48. It sits along the Barents Sea on the northern coast of the Nordkinn Peninsula.
The road gets you to the very top of Mainland Europe. At the end of the road there’s a small parking. The lighthouse is 39-metre (128 ft) tall. 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.
The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! 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.