European Route E69 is the world’s northernmost highway
European Route 69 (E69) is the name of a very scenic drive located in northern Norway. It’s said to be the world’s northernmost highway and takes travellers as far North in Europe as it is possible to go by road.
How long is the European Route 69?
Located along the coast of Western Europe’s northernmost peninsula, the road is totally paved. It’s 129km (80mi) long and runs south-north from Olderfjord (on the eastern coast of the Porsanger Peninsula, in Troms og Finnmark county) to Nordkapp (North Cape), the northernmost point of Europe. It runs across five tunnels. The longest is the North Cape tunnel, running 212m (696ft) beneath the sea and measuring 6.9 km (4.3 mi).
Is the European Route 69 open?
Located close to the North Pole, the northernmost part of the road, from Skarsvåg to North Cape, is closed during the winter months. The weather can be absolutely uncertain. As with any road close to the sea, the weather can change drastically and very suddenly. Storms are not uncommon and riding is not advised in high winds and heavy rain or snow. It snows here even in summer.
How long does it take to drive the European Route 69?
To drive the world’s most northerly highway without stopping will take most people between 2 and 3 hours. This epic route passes through some stunning scenery. This road offers jaw-dropping views, unparalleled freedom, and lots of fresh air. The views will linger on our minds long after we've left those places, creating beautiful memories. For the majority of its length, the road hugs tight to the coastline, rewarding travelers with excellent sea views.
When was the European Route 69 completed?
It was completed in 15 June 1999. Before, North Cape could only be reached by boat: there was simply no road connection. At the end of the road there’s a visitor centre (built in 1988), a café, restaurant, post office, souvenir shop, a small museum, a video cinema and a globe monument erected in 1978 which has become the actual symbol for the North Cape.