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“Up North”
Review of North Cape

North Cape
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 8 December 2013

We headed up here for just for the novelty of being as for north as you go in Europe. It was nice to walk around and see some of the history of the site. I did not dress warm enough despite it being the end of August. Still a beautiful site to see.

1  Thank Steve B
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

One of the ports of call on our Norwegian Fjords and North Cape cruise was Honningswag. It is the gateway to North Cape, a cape off the northern tip of Norway. North cape is claimed to be the most northernmost point of Europe (71 10"21" N). In actuality, the northermost point of Europe is Knivskjellodden, Norway (71 11"48" N), 4900 ft. north of North Cape. After crossing the arctic circle (66 33'44" N), one can enjoy the midnight sun. The sun would not set below the horizon for as long as 6 months in some of the areas north of the arctic circle. Seeing the midnight sun is spectacular once anyone have crossed the arctic circle.

In North cape, there is a globe structure from where breathtaking photographs of the North Cape can be taken. There is a monument attesting to the 71 10"21" latitude of North Cape. There is also a postal office in the visitor centre where one can have mail envelops postmarked "North Cape".

Along the road to the North Cape are habitations populated by the Sami people where reindeers can be seen and touched. Overall, this site is a must to visit if one happens to be in Honningswag, Norway.

5  Thank Rey M
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Nordkapp was part of our Scandinavian tour in April 2012. We left the hotel about 11pm and arrived soon after midnight (the place closes at 1am if I am not mistaken). Along the way, we made a stop to a local attraction to take pictures with the reindeer and look at how the local people lived.

It is very cold and the strong winds made it colder. Be sure to walk to the globe structure at the edge of the cliff. It is worth it. As it was a cloudy day, the sun was blocked from time to time. We just waited for the winds to blow the clouds aside, revealing the sun for us to take pictures.

They have a video show, depicting Nordkapp in different seasons. Must watch.

There is also a small museum that shows a relationship between the Chinese princess and also the Norwegians a few hundred years ago. If you are going to visit this mini museum at midnight or so, do not go alone as it is very quiet and secluded.

There's a cafe that sells coffee, hot drinks and light snacks. There is also a souvenir shop that sells a variety of souvenirs.

Be sure to send yourself a postcard. All letters/cards mailed from there will have the special Nordkapp post mark.

4  Thank Lyn D
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

Nordkapp is not in fact the farthest north place in Europe, but is certainly the farthest north place to which you can take a vehicle. And what a long way it is...we flew from Helsinki north to Rovaniemi, and from there drove for days to reach Nordkapp. This area is elementally accessible only during June. Be prepared for long, lonely driving across a bleak landscape, heavy mosquitoes (you need repellant on at all times, and coils at night) and a sun during June that really neither rises nor sets. Reaching Nordkapp and staring from there off into the Arctic abyss is very much like reaching the end of the earth. We encountered wolves and reindeer frequently during the drive. Many wonderful cabins, often with a nearby Scandinavian style sauna, are available along the way for inexpensive rates. The salmon in this part of the world is marvelous. Getting all the way to Nordkapp is an extreme, quite a travel accomplishment and something to be proud of. Having plenty of cash and credit cards is important, as during the final stretch of highway into Nordkapp, we encountered an absolutely punitive tollbooth (they know that having come as unbelievably far from anywhere as you have to get there, you'll not turn back, and so they gouge you). The visitor center on the cliffs at journey's end is worth exploring, as the history of this farflung outpost is rich.

7  Thank karmaswimswami
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

I visited the North Cape as an excursion while sailing on the MS Finnmarken (Hurtigruten). The entire plateau was covered with snow and I was very fortunate that it was a clear afternoon and the view in every direction seemed endless. The globe structure was wonderful to see in person and of course have someone snap a picture or two of me alongside it. I went inside the visitor center and purchased a couple of sourvenirs at the gift shop. I did not go to the theater to see the film because I wanted to be outside taking in all the beauty of being in such a magical place. I walked to the globe point several times and just stood and gazed at the endless panorama of sky, sea and snow. The Children of the World Monument was very impressive. The snow and ice on the ground made an interesting walk from the visitor center to stand and view the statue of the Madonna and Child and each of the seven disks. If you travel to the North Cape when there might be snow, be sure to wear appropriate footware. Walking can present a problem if you are not prepared. The North Cape was a highlight to my visit to Norway.

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