Nordkapp

The road to Nordkapp, the northernmost point on the European mainland

Located on the northernmost Norwegian island of Magerøya, the North Cape (or Nordkapp) is said to be the northernmost point on the European mainland, at 71 degrees North.

The road to reach the tip is called European route E69. It’s totally paved. The North Cape is the it’s on the same latitude as Siberia and the top of Alaska. 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. Located far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog sledding in the winter and months of never-ending sunlight in the summer. The northernmost part of the road is usually closed in winter.

The road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Be prepared for the cold and wind! High winds blow here all year long. Located at the tip of the remote Finnmark Region, which borders Finland and Russia,this is definitely one road trip that you want to record with lots of photographs. There are lots of viewpoints, official and unofficial. From mid-May to July, the full disc of the sun never dips below the horizon. In winter, the days barely lighten to a spectral gloom. The road is a delight to drive, with every kind of twist and turn. Expect breathtaking views, unusual climatic conditions, the dramatic cliff itself and the fact that you can stand at Europe's northern end.

 

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