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THE NORTH CAPE

The northernmost point in Europe

The North Cape .
Photo: Bjarne Riesto / Visitnorway.com
Midnight sun at The North Cape .
Photo: Bjarne Riesto / Visitnorway.com

Imagine a place far above the Arctic Circle, with months of never-ending daylight in the summer.

The North Cape .
Photo: Bjarne Riesto / Visitnorway.com
Midnight sun at The North Cape .
Photo: Bjarne Riesto / Visitnorway.com

With a 307-meter high cliff that plunges into the sea, and where the only dry land between you and the North Pole is the Svalbard archipelago.

The North Cape .
Photo: Hurtigruten
The North Cape .
Photo: Hurtigruten

A magical place where thousands of puffins, gannets, and cormorants congregate on the bird cliff at Gjesværstappan.

Gjesværstappan near The North Cape .
Photo: Asgeir Helgestad / Artic Light AS / Visitnorway.com
Gjesværstappan near The North Cape .
Photo: Asgeir Helgestad / Artic Light AS / Visitnorway.com

That place is Nordkapp (the North Cape) in Western Finnmark, Northern Norway.

Northern lights in The North Cape .
Photo: Kjell Bendik Pedersen
Northern lights in The North Cape .
Photo: Kjell Bendik Pedersen

Hike to the natural arch Kirkeporten (the Church Door), which offers an impressive window to the North Cape Plateau.

A more challenging hike will take you to cape Knivskjellodden, technically the northernmost point in Europe, from where you can see the seaside cliff face of the North Cape Plateau.

The Kirkeporten rock formation in Nordkapp .
Photo: Vidar Moløkken / Visitnorway.com
The Kirkeporten rock formation in Nordkapp .
Photo: Vidar Moløkken / Visitnorway.com

You can go fishing for giant king crabs on a RIB boat (and feast on fresh, tasty crab afterwards!).

King crab safari in Honningsvåg .
Photo: Frode Kristiansen / www.nordnorge.com
King crab safari in Honningsvåg .
Photo: Frode Kristiansen / www.nordnorge.com

In winter, explore the white, treeless landscape on a snowmobile. Go fishing or dog sledding, go on an ATV safari or try snowshoeing – ever on the lookout for the sometimes elusive yet always spectacular northern lights.

Snowmobile at the North Cape .
Photo: Visit Nordkapp AS
Snowmobile at the North Cape .
Photo: Visit Nordkapp AS

Don't miss the colourful fishing villages in this stark, barren landscape. Skarsvåg is the world’s northernmost fishing village. Kamøyvær is home to the art gallery West of the Moon.

Skarsvåg .
Photo: Bjarne Riesto
Skarsvåg .
Photo: Bjarne Riesto

The North Cape is a 3.5-hour drive from Alta. You may encounter some unusual traffic along the way!

Reindeer on the road to North cape .
Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo
Reindeer on the road to North cape .
Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo

The cosy little town of Honningsvåg is a gateway for cruise passengers visiting the North Cape. Here, you will find quaint shops and delicious Arctic food experiences.

The most popular activity is of course a visit to the North Cape Plateau. Hurtigruten offers its own excursions to the plateau.

Honningsvåg with Hurtigruten .
Photo: Christian Roth Christensen / Visitnorway.com
Honningsvåg with Hurtigruten .
Photo: Christian Roth Christensen / Visitnorway.com

That was just a small sample of what you can experience in the North Cape Plateau area.

For more tips, scroll down to explore accommodationactivities, and dining.

Honningsvåg with Hurtigruten .
Photo: Christian Roth Christensen / Visitnorway.com
Honningsvåg with Hurtigruten .
Photo: Christian Roth Christensen / Visitnorway.com

Things to do in the North Cape

Northern Lights activities

Where to stay

Getting here and around

Get in-depth travel information at North Cape’s official website.
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Get to know Magerøya through an exciting tour of the world's most beautiful island. Visit the island's attractions and sights, eat good local food and… Read more
Magerøya round trip
For more than 300 years people have travelled to the North Cape to experience Europe’s northernmost point. This majestic cliff has become one of the… Read more
Entrance ticket North Cape
Meeting the local wildlife isn’t as easy as one might think, knowing that many of them live far beneath the surface of the sea. Join us for a king… Read more
From sea to shore, the wondrous world of the king crab
Come and experience the magic of the midnight sun with us! We will take you on a beautiful hike to the Mefjord, where we’ll gather in or around a… Read more
The Midnight Sun Ceremony
This rock formation is a geological wonder; a fissure several metres wide in a cliff overhang shaped like a big gate. Read more
Kirkeporten in Skarsvåg
The North Cape cliff has long been a popular and important navigation mark for shipping traffic in the north. In 1553, an English expedition set sail… Read more
North Cape cliff, North Cape
Join us on a whale and nature safari around the North Cape, passing three islands with bird life nesting. Spectacular views of the monumental North… Read more
Whale and nature safari - with transfer from Honningsvåg if required
Join our exclusive fishing experience with stunning views of the North Cape and the Barents sea. We will be passing islands and fjords, getting up… Read more
Fishing Experience
A visit to the North Cape is an absolute must on every trip to the far northern regions of Europe. Read more
Guided North Cape Visit
Explore the Arctic island of Magerøya with the Polaris Crew. Read more
Polaris Crew Rental
Tamsøya – a unique stop on the way to Northcape. Take “a journey back in time” on an island almost completely to yourself. Read more
Tamsøya - A journey back in time
Europe’s northernmost point (71°11’08’’). Marked hiking trail, 18 km round trip from Highway E69. Excellent view towards the North Cape Plateau. Read more
Knivskjellodden
Eva Schmutterer - author and visual artist was born in Nuremberg, Germany. In 1997 she moved to Kamøyvær, a small fishing village in the far north of… Read more
The Gallery - West Of The Moon
Join us on a Winter Expedition to the Northernmost point of Europe. Conquer the arctic wilderness by snowmobile, spend the night at the North Cape and… Read more
Midnight Expedition to the North Cape
Join us on an epic winter adventure and discover the island's most scenic spots to watch the northern lights. Read more
Northern Lights ATV-safari
CORRESPONDS WITH HURTIGRUTEN: Visit the North Cape and the great sights of the arctic in winter. Experience the North Cape Hall and its exhibitions.… Read more
North Cape Winter Tour
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From local food and mountains soaring above deep blue fjords to the midnight sun and the northern lights – discover the Arctic capital,… Read more
Tromsø
It's named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. Read more
The Vega Islands
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
The Lofoten Islands
In the city of Alta you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, sleep in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern light. Read more
Alta
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in Nordland is also just a boat ride away from the old… Read more
Bodø
Experience the cultural hub of Bodø as well as untouched nature, the world’s strongest tidal current, and remarkable, windswept… Read more
Salten
Get ready for an Arctic adventure with whale watching, cool museums, hiking and snowshoeing. In Vesterålen, you can combine wow experiences with… Read more
Vesterålen
Go hiking in the mountains, explore the archipelago in a kayak or RIB, and join exciting cultural events. Harstad is the perfect base for a holiday in… Read more
Harstad
The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and… Read more
The Svalbard Islands
In Helgeland, you can paddle around the UNESCO-protected Vega islands and climb mountains like Torghatteen and The Seven Sisters. Or try the… Read more
Helgeland
Teeming bird rocks in Hornøya, a snow hotel, dramatic war stories and a witch monument in Vardø are among the attractions awaiting… Read more
Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark
Join a dogsled expedition, learn to throw a lasso, and experience the Sami culture first hand in Karasjok and Kautokeino. Read more
Land of the Sami
Discover Narvik, a town above the Arctic Circle where nature is your playground. Go hiking, skiing or climbing and experience the midnight sun in… Read more
Narvik
Go hiking and kayaking in the midnight sun, or skiing and dog sledding under the northern lights. Or simply kick back and enjoy some of the most… Read more
Senja and Central Troms
An urban surprise along a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an arctic town full of life and outdoor adventurous. Read more
Hammerfest
In Nordkyn, the northernmost region on the European mainland, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, world class fishing, Arctic adventures and… Read more
Nordkyn
The Lyngenfjord and the Lyngsalpene mountain range form an Arctic area of exotic and family-friendly outdoor activities based on pure fun… Read more
The Lyngenfjord region
Kystriksveien is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Along the road you can climb the mountains Torghatten and De syv søstre,… Read more
Kystriksveien – the coastal route
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    Seasons and climate

    Although the North Cape is located at the northernmost tip of Europe, it has a subarctic climate, thanks to the Gulf Stream.

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    The sun is up for 24 hours per day between 14 May and 29 July. In winter, the sun remains below the horizon from 21 November until 21 January, creating the polar night.

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