Hi I think the best way, if not the only way, is by travelling on the Hirtigruten coastal voyager boat. I did it in Feb a few years ago and got on at Harstad and they stop long enough on their northward route to make excursions available to Nordkapp - they have to have a snow plough organised to go ahead for their bus for the road from the port -...more
These are the neccesary items that I carry when travelling :A small backpack that carries all my camera gear and lenses.Also I ALWAYS carry sufficient fresh bottled drinking water. A wide brimmed hat for strong summer sun .A good pair of sunglasses A comfortable pair of shoes/boots for walking /hiking a lot A small tube of strong sunscreenA small...more
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...more
BODO .. Travelling anywhere up here in Northern Norway or LLapland ALWAYS in the summertime carry and use a strong mosquito and insect repellant...The mosquitos up here are the biggest that you will ever see!!! They are not only a real pest but mosquitos carry many forms of viruses.. In the evenings (the worst time) when "mossie's "are most active...more
I have been there only for few nights and only in single rooms. I cannot complain but the rooms were...more
I was trying many times to find it opened. Only few days before my last trip in Hammerfest I have seen it…It was not so impressive as I was prepared but I was surprised about another element... the similitude of the carved and painted figures from the Romanian Merry Cemetery Sapantza. It is almost the same naïve hand like there… The author was the...more
This museum has a diverse collection of industrial and historical memorabilia (and even local school projects) from this region, the Sør-Varanger Kommune. The museum's centerpiece is the story of the Sami people who inhabit this border region, or "the land without borders" as the narrative calls it. It chronicles the arrival of outsiders who...more
Johan Knudtzens gate 11, Kirkenes, 9900, Norway
Good for: Solo
Located in Svanvik 45 km from Kirkenes you will find the 96 høyden where you'll be able to see the city of Nikel.The tower is an old military viewpoint an is located on 96 meters with a great view of the Passvik valley and the landscaped on the russian side of the border.more
Biedjovaggeluodda 2, 9520, Kautokeino, 9520, Norway
Good for: Families
A major event is the mid-August Autumn Festival. Not quite as big as the Easter Festival, but it does feature something as dramatic as snow scooter racing on the river. Since snow scooters are rather heavy (built to run on snow, not on water), they must have good speed unless they wish to sink. And the river has many turns. This event has also...more
We went to a farm where they also have the icehotel in winter to go on a boat down the river. It was very nice i just thought that the trip was a bit short but we were rewarded with wafels and some smoked local cheese afterwards. I was quite surprised that the water was not as cold as i thought it would bemore
Labyrinten 6, Alta, 9510, Norway
Good for: Families
When you visit Skarsvåg and head towards the fishing boats you will fine The Gallery 'East of the Sun' owned by a talented artist Eva Schmutterer.Her work is created by recycling magazines and papers and maybe more. In the dark days and nights of winter she creates...just look at the photos of her art work.She showed us an example of work in...more
Not far from Skarsvåg , Norway you will find The Christmas House which should come as no surprise as this is reindeer country....and the reindeers there are grazing on the treeless slopes.In the Christmas House you can enjoy warm drinks, waffles, and Christmas cake. It is not your usual Christmas cake full of mixed fruit that we are used to but...more
Nice and quiet village in Vardo. There is a old fortress in Vardo and you can go visit it.It is nice to walking through and stand on the wall of the fortress, they also have some canons and small museum. I only had 1 hour there, before ship of Hurtigruten was going on, but it was very nice there.more
Northbound coastal steamers depart Mehamn for Kirkenes daily at 8:00PM. Southbound steamers arrive daily at 1:15AM, departing shortly thereafter for the journey to Bergen.To get to or from Mehamn, you'll normally take a "port-to-port" trip. The website has a list of up-to-date fares and cabin options. Online booking is possible, but for those...more
Mehamn has an airport (Code: MEH) located about a 10 minute drive from the city center. Widerøe operates 4 daily multi-stop flights (less frequent Saturdays) between Tromsø and Kirkenes which stop in Mehamn. There is no bus service to the airport, but taxi service is possible. Also, believe it or not, Mehamn Airport has a rental car facility.more
Kinnarodden (or Nordkyn, as it is sometimes known) is the northernmost point on the continent of Europe at 71 degrees, 8 minutes, 2 seconds north. While it is slightly south of the "North Cape," the latter is technically on an island and therefore not a part of continental Europe. To get to Kinnarodden, you can arrange a boat or hiking tour from...more
The Sami Parliament is a very nice building located in a forest and all made by wood. It was opened in 1989, by King Olav V, the first Samiparliamentpresident was Ole Henrik Magga, from Kautokeino. He was the president for more than eight years. Is possible to visit the parlament during the summer season from 8:30 to 14:30. In the same building...more
Leavnnjageaidnu 1, Karasjok, 9730, Norway
Good for: Business
The chorch of Karasjok was built in 1807 and it is the oldest lutheran church in Finnmark, and the only building to survive the war damage. The church is today too small, so a big, wooden church, inspired by Sami architecture, has been built on the other side of the Karasjohka River.more
"Egnebuloftet Kafe & Pub" is situated on the local pier that handles all passangers and goods , including catches of local King Crab and fish.
"Egnebuloftet" translates to "angling house" marking the still active use of parts of the building for fish line angling for local fishermen. The Kafe is located in 2nd floor and enjoys a panoramic view of the Harbour and local activities around.
The reastaurant which is above the pier, has a terrace overlooking the sea, and a live glass King Crab Aquarium containing 3-4 King Crabs of various size, the largest individual 3-4 kg. Perfect way to get close to the famous King Crab for photos, and even touching the beast.
Favorite Dish: The new management have taken advantage of the local catch of fresh Fish, King Crab and production of Reindeer meat, which is at the base of all dishes:
The local "Fish & Chips" is served with lettuce, chips, and locally made fish and chips souce. Deliciously fresh fish dish.
The signature dish is "Oven Baked King Crab". Legs of crab sliced open and filled with garlic butter containing mushroom, lemo, and various herbs. Served hot, with lettuce and peach slices, and delicous juice from the baking pan.
Reindeer meat dish is based on the fundamentally Lappis traditional course , reindeer stew. Based on thinly sliced poor meat scaved from frozen leg and fried in a hot pan with salt and pepper added. Added to the meat and its juice on the plate, is locally made mash potatoes, and a slab of local red lingonberry. This is the pure taste of nature.
You can certainly also have Hamburgers and the rest, but ask for the local spcialities
On the other side of the river you can see Russia. It was for me a special feeling to finally be able to see into Russia (Maybe because we were driving there all the way from Denmark). Normally it's a country far away!You will find the sign on your way to Grense Jakobselv.more
Northbound coastal steamers depart Kjøllefjord for Kirkenes daily at 5:45PM. Southbound steamers arrive daily at 3:30AM, departing shortly thereafter for the journey to Bergen.To get to or from Kjøllefjord, you'll normally take a "port-to-port" trip. The website has a list of up-to-date fares and cabin options. Online booking is possible, but for...more
I'm not sure what the story is with this building, but clearly it's seen better days. The unforgiving winter seems to have got the better of this structure. If you'd like to see what you can do with it, you can probably contact the Kjøllefjord village elders. They might be able to arrange a good deal for you.more
Not far from Kjøllefjord is the remarkable rock formation known as the Finnkirka, or the Finnish Church. While it looks at first glance to be some sort of ruined church, it is actually a natural rock formation. It is reputed to be an ancient Sami place of sacrifice. But nowadays, you need not worry. The best way to see the Finnkirka is by boat; the...more