The northernmost point in Europe is Knivskjellodden and not North Cape. It's 1500 meters more north than North Cape. You will have to walk 9 km each way to get there. It's an easy trip with only one very steep point. I would say that everyone that can do a 18 km walk, would be able to do this hike.
There is a box at Knivskjellodden which contains a book. You can write your name in the book, and by doing this you will get a secret password. With this password you can buy a certificate as a proof that you have been at Knivskjellodden.
Do NOT go there if it is foggy or raining! The last part of the hike can be slippery!
You can see North Cape and the midnight sun from Knivskjellodden. It is really worth doing this hike!
You want to take a look north ?
This small monument shows you the position of the Nordkapp and the arrow is pointing exactely to the Northpole. Thats a place that you should not miss to take a photo at, its also quite close to the place where you enter the Nordkap-hall
The Gallery east of the sun
is also the northmost gallery of the continent of Europe. It is an interesting collection of paintings of modern art, featuring animals and the great scenery in the north of Europe.Maybe you would like to take a look at the gallery when its nasty weather outside, the gallery is close to the entrance of the movie. The entrance to this gallery is also free of charge, like all other things around the Northcape, once that you have payed at the main entrance for it !
The Nordkapp & WW II
The german troops had occupied Norway and also the Nordkap in WW II and for the ships and submarines of the Soviet Union it was not always easy to reach their homeport of Murmansk, so they had to go in convoys and this small museum/exhibition tells you some interesting details about this time of WW II.
is the chapel on Northcape
and it was built there in 1990 as an ecumenical church and you might also celebrate your wedding there, but be prepared, this chapel is not very large and you might have to "share it" with thousands of visitors every day in the high season.
The St.Johannes Kapell, just like all the other places of interest in the Northkapp are included in the ticket that you have to pay at the entrance of the area !
The Thai Museum at Nordkapp was a big surprise for me, because this attraction is rather new. It is just a small room with ornate decorations and you will pass by it, while walking down inside the Northcape-building towards the "king's view"
This small museum was built in 1989 in order to remember King Chulalongkom of Siam/Thailand, who had visited the Nordkapp in 1907.
This museum, just like all the other places of interest in the Northkapp are included in the ticket that you have to pay at the entrance of the area !
This monument of a mother and a child was created by the artist Eva Rybakken and it is a part of the modern art monument "children of the world", that was made by Simon Flem Devold in 1989. It shows children from different parts of the world (USA,Russia, Tanzania, Japan, Thailand, Italy and Brazil as a symbol of possible friendship & hope for a peaceful world..
"children of the world"
is a modern-art-projekt
and maybe you take a closer look while you are waiting for the tourbus and might still have a few minutes left over. In my opinon it is a waste of time when you have just a bit more than 1 hour for the total Northcape, there is a lot more things to see there that you will not find anywhere else in the world.
The King's Viewis a large terrace with a balcony facing the ocean at the north side of Nordkapp. I was lucky to see a great and very intensive rainbow there. We had a lot of rain in the beginning and great sunshine at the end of our 2 hours on Northcape, that brings a lot of stress for a photographer, who started with all OUTside attractions first and had to do them again in sunshine afterwards.
In the Nordkapphallen, there's a display of whales. Well, they're not real whales, but the display is still pretty cool. It's in the passageway on the way to the King's Balcony. I've been instructed to add this as a tip. ;)
This peninsula is actually 1.5 km (1 mile) farther north than the North Cape. You can only hike there -- the trailhead is just off E69 about 5 km (3 miles) from the Nordkapphallen. One of our dreams was to hike here, but alas, we had to return to our boat. We settled for some photographs of the peninsula from the North Cape.
Visiting Nordkapp is unforgettable experience.
The best time to come to Nordkapp in in the time of midnight sun - from end of June to end of July. Unfortunatelly I was there one month later, but I still can see 'almost' midnight sun - the night lasted only about 2 hours.
Most people visiting Nordkapp watch the midnight sun from the Nordkapp-plateau.
Why not take a walk out to Knivskjellodden, which is really the northernmost point of the mainland? From this point you also have a nice view to the plateau.
Just a litte while before you reach the ticket-booth to the plateau there's a parkinglot on the left side of the road. Follow the path from the parkinglot out to Knivskjellodden. It is about 9 kilometers one way, so it'll take you some time. But when you finally get there you've been as far north as it is possible to get on the mainland!
There's a box out there where you can sign your name, and theres also a password. If you remember this password when your hike is over, you can stop at Nordkapp camping (it's by the road on your left side when you drive down from the plateau) and get a nice diploma:-)
Some part of the trip will be in shadow; it might get cold, do bring a wind- and waterproof jacket. The trip is mostly easy walking, but quite rocky; remember to wear good shoes. There's only one steep decsent/acsent, and it's not long. Take a break at the top and have a snack in the midnight sun!
Glesvaerstappan is a group of nesting cliffs in the form of an archipelago with almost hundred islands of all different sizes. One of the largest Puffin coloniesin north norway can be found here with more than 3 million nesting birds. Unfortunately we didn't see it because of the dense fog. I took this picture in a museum. The birds are not real!
The village of Honningsvåg is the inofficial capital of the island. The town suffered a lot from the Second World War and only one building survived the senseless destruction, the church of 1884. So most buildings are from the 1950s. Here you find the North Cape Museum which deals with the history of the iland and several hotels, bars and restaurants.