1000 NOK to get a cup of coffee
First of all: No it's not worth going there. If you have a lot of time I will tell you why, if not you can skip to the bottom of the post to see the number 1 reason not to go tp Nordkapp.
I was at North Cape (Nordkapp) a few weeks ago. I am not understating anything when I say that it costed a fortune, I left beeing angry and imbaressed on behalf of all us norwegians that it is possible to create such a ripoff.
Me, my wife and our 1-year old son drove there on a daytrip in July this year. The first ripoff is the underwater tunnel that you need to drive through to get over to the island called Magerøya this is where north cape is. For us it was 194 NOK in road tolls for the three of us and the car.
Then we came to the north cape itself, where they demanded somewhere around 500 NOK in entrance fee for the three of us.
The north cape is nothing but a point with som fences stopping you from falling into the sea, a metal globe, and a visitor centre with a VERY EXPENSIVE and POOR restaurant (I payed something like 90 NOK for a 10cm long baguette and my wife got raw pie for a slightly higher price) and a huge souvernirshop with lots of souvernirs that is mostly made in Taiwan. There is a cinema aswell but we didn't bother going to it since we where allready sick and tired of the whole place.
Staff and facilities is also not at a prime, we payed entrance fees even for babies, but they didn't have a single bathroom with a place to change a diaper. And when I needed to use the restroom I was stopped by a lady in the cleaner staff that asked ME to check if all the stalls in the men's room had toilet paper. Excuse me miss I DON'T WORK HERE!!
One thing they did have however was a little tip of the mountain comming up from the floor in the visitor centre which they had put up a glass and metal fence around and created a wishing well out of, just in case you still had any pocket change after beeing ripped of at the toll road, entrance, restaurant and souernir shop....
But wait! Don't throw away everything you have, because ladies an gentlemen believe it or not you have to pay another 194 NOK in road tolls for the same underwater tunnel on the way back....
OK, I promissed you the number one reason why you shouldn't go to Nordkapp at the end of this posting, so here we go.
IT IS NOT EVEN THE NORTHERN MOST POINT OF NORWAY!!
But you can see the northern most point from there if it is not foggy, which it is most of the time according to the locals.
Unique Suggestions: Just don't go there...
Fun Alternatives: Skip Nordkapp and take a hiking trip to the actuall northern most point of Norway. I is marked (I believe it is called something like "Kniveggen" and it had a small an modest parking lot just before arriving at Nordkapp.
North Cape Visitors Center
It wasn't easy to reach Nord Cape in the past by walk and boat, and it is not definetely easier today. Roads are good and tunnels fine but all cost heavily.
Using the Nord Cape tunnel (6 875 m) itself is an experience, and for that enterntainment you are milked NOK 140 for a car and NOK 46 for each person - both directions.
You cannot visit "end of the world" without entering to Visitors Center. That means ugly looking museum building with souvenir shops (with double prices) and artificial exhibitions. This mandatory priviledge also includes mandatory charge of 195 NOK per person.
Unique Suggestions: Use group travel by bus, they may get some discount for the tolls and fees.
You can try your luck by leaving your car far before the parking site and toll station and walk to the area (from the right side)
Fun Alternatives: Avoid Nord Cape, it takes one day to drive there and back. There are much more beautiful sceneries in Norway, like between Skibotn and Alta.
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The trap of the traps...and the solution
Just few hundreds meters before the globe you'll bump into some tollhouses where they ask you to pay a lot of money (we were in 4 people and they asked 138 €!)
But usually if you reach that point after a lot of km you would like to get inside of course....
Unique Suggestions: If you are students or you have some particular cards they could be useful to have a (little) discount.
Fun Alternatives: But the best thing i suggest is this one:
Leave your car in a parking area few hundreds meters before the tollhouses and walk on the meadows avoiding the tollhouses...but be careful not to be seen....
I did this way and was perfect!
Everything so expensive!
Everything you want to buy over there is very very expensive.
Norway by itself is an expensive country but Nordkapp in particular is really a "robbery".
Without thinking about the fees for the tunnel (to reach the island where nordkapp is situated) and for the tollhouses just few meters before the globe (check others tourist traps tips), everything you can find in the tourist centre costs so much...and the restaurant in particular has not so good food to offer for the price you pay.
Unique Suggestions: If you're rich...that won't be a problem...
if you want to save money...be careful on what you buy...
I know it is obvious but... what else could i say?
The North Cape is very expensive!
It starts with the road Maut for the tunnel to the north cape island, wich costs NOK 140.- for the car and NOK 46.- per adult, and this fee is only one way!!!
The entrance fee to the North Cape Hall is another NOK 185.- per Adult.
The restaurants and Souvenier shops are very expensive too.
Unique Suggestions: Just enjoy your stay on the north cape...
Fun Alternatives: You can get round the entrance fee by parking the car a few 100 meters down the road on a little parking and walking round the toll huts (just don't go round them too near).
Like this you can get in to the North Cape Hall (Visitors Centre) and to the Platform above the sea.
And don't tell anybody i gave you this tip ;-)
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