To be there... nothing else
Fondest memory: I have been traveling almost 4 hours in a very crowded bus together with a lot of very drunk persons. I have reached the place at 5 minutes to midnight, good occasion to make hundred photos together with the others 200 people.
I have found as a good idea to buy something from the local shop and to change few words with the nice Norwegian girls selling there. After only few minutes the place was empty and sad, even if the view was still beautiful and the sky clear and the sun shining. But... it was already 15 minutes after 12. So why to make photos now, if the sun was just passing on the right side of the Nordkapp:)?
Going back to Hammerfest with the same bus for another 4 hours and having the feeling that I should stay more time there above the sea.
The reindeer is a medium-sized member of the deer family. Reindeer are strong runners and very good swimmers.
This deer is found in Arctic tundra, forests, and mountains in Russia, Northern China, Canada, Alaska, and Scandinavia. Some reindeer migrate in huge herds from the coastal Arctic to the tundra. Reindeer have a life span of about 10 years.
Reindeer were domesticated roughly 2,000 years ago. Today, reindeer are herded by many European and Asian Arctic people.
Unlike most other types of deer, both bulls (males) and cows (females) have antlers. The antlers are shed each year and regrow. .
The reindeer is an herbivore (a plant-eater) who spends most of the day eating. During the winter, reindeer eat lichens and moss; in warmer months, they also eat leaves and herbs.
You can meet these beautiful animals in the northern Norway!
Fishing has been a way of life and culture here for several centuries. The delicacies such as shrimp, halibut, salmon and Norwegian haddock are brought in to shore. Wile the landscape up until the end of the 1970s was characterised by huge fish-drying racks, today the main fish industry is frozen and salted fish. Large amounts of salted fish from the North Cape are sent to drying facilities on the west coast of Norway, and from there exported to the Bacalao-loving countries in Southern Europe and South America. Besides this you will find sea farms that produces salmon and sea trout.
But not all fish is for export, some end up in pots and pans at local restaurants, which are well prepared for your visit.
Dear Guests, ”…here I am at the North Cape, Finnmark northernmost point, the very end of the world!” wrote the priest and scientist Francesco Negri in his diary in 1664. The trip he took on horseback, by skis and in fishing boats cost plenty of time and patience.
But the destination – which he thought of as the most exiting place in the world – was irresistible.
Impressive and dramatic cliff has long been a navigational marker for seamen. The somewhat modest peninsula “Knivskjellodden” , which reaches one and a half kilometres further north (71 11`8”) is surpassed, not just in height, but also when it comes to popularity.
Before Richard Chancellor christened the cliff the “North Cape” in 1553, the Norwegian word for it was “knyskanes” and the Russian word “ Murmanski Noss” . When you have reached the plateau, and only the sea and sky are ahead , you don´t need much fantasy to imagine yourself being on the top of the world – a little bit closer to heaven and a little bit further away from the stress of everyday life.
When to go to the North Cape:
In summer you can enjoy the midnight sun anywhere above the polar circle wich makes a visit to Lappland even more special!
So probably you will be going up there in summer (i don't know if the road is open in winter).
We arrived at the north cape about 8pm and were amazed how little people were there. Inside the visitors centre we found out why: Most visitors, specialy the groups go there to see the midnight sun. I wonder why, the midnight sun is the same anywhere up there...
So my tip: get up there before 8pm and leave just before midnight, so you can avoid the crowds and the coaches on the road.