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Eternity for a day

They come in busses, they come in cars, and they come in campers, on bicycles and on foot.
Thousands of people want to experience the North Cape.

Where the Atlantic meets the Arctic

A man turned up here once. He was very determined to see the North Cape. So he drove 2,670 kilometres along Norway’s rugged coastline with his only reliable transportation: a forklift truck.

The North Cape is the northernmost point on the European mainland. At 71 degrees North, it’s on the same latitude as Siberia and the top of Alaska. The Gulf Stream delivers tropical currents from across the Atlantic Ocean, producing a relatively mild marine climate. But it also brings winter storms that can blast busses off the road in an open landscape. This where the Atlantic meets the Arctic.

But there’s something more with this place. More than just a coordinate on a map. Why do people feel so drawn to it?

“We’re just five minutes away”, says the tour guide on the bus.

We pass tiny fishing villages, beautiful wildflowers, grazing reindeer. Behind the North Cape sign, we see silhouettes of reindeer antlers against a brilliant blue sky. And beyond, the monumental globe, a landmark in its own right.

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Alone with eternity

The North Cape is actually a place one should experience alone. It is a destination that inspires reflection. A place where one ponders time and eternity. And even on a busy summer day, it’s possible to find solitude if you wander a few hundred metres away across the vast plateau, to where people have built small stone cairns to show that they were here.

You can stand alone and stare down steep cliffs that soar 307 metres up from the sea. You can watch massive waves crash against the Cape’s rocky ramparts and feel their impact. You have the chance to gaze out and discern patterns on the sea’s surface, out where it is calm, blue and serene. You can look far and wide and wonder where the turquoise distance becomes sky.

The North Cape
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The North Cape.
Photo: Stein J. Bjørge

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The North Cape.
Photo: Stein J. Bjørge

Photo: Jan R. Olsen

The North Cape
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The North Cape.
Photo: Christian Horn

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The North Cape.
Photo: Christian Horn

Everything is more beautiful at the North Cape

Below, delicate swirls of mist rise from where the land and the sea meet. The ocean spray quickly splashes out, and, just as quickly, recedes.

Everything happens quickly at the North Cape, but nothing really changes. At the tourist centre that is built into the cliffs, the introductory film reminds us that this is a place where we can experience four seasons within 15 minutes. The aurora borealis flickers in the winter sky, and the midnight sun shines in the summer. Everything transforms into something new, something perhaps more beautiful, because it happens at the North Cape.

Experience the magic of the North Cape with Hurtigruten all year.


The classic round trip voyage: Bergen–Kirkenes–Bergen

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Florø is Norway’s westernmost town and is surrounded by a scenic archipelago. Read more about Florø
Florø
Sheltered at the east side of the island of Vågsøy, Måløy is a major exporter of Norway's treasured seafood. Read more about Måløy
Måløy
Torvik is a small village on the island Leinøya and is the entrance to beautiful Herøy and the bird island Runde. Read more about Torvik
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Situated at the entrance to the Geirangerfjord, the art nouveau town Ålesund could have been taken right out of a fairy tale. Read more about Ålesund
Ålesund
Protected from the harsh surrounding elements, Molde is beautifully situated in a scenic fjord landscape. Read more about Molde
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Kristiansund sits on four islands and is founded on bacalao – dried salted cod, known locally as “klippfisk”. Read more about Kristiansund
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The maritime splendour of Rørvik and the thousands of surrounding islands are an attraction in itself Read more about Rørvik
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A charming town in the middle of Norway, rich in history and maritime atmosphere. Read more about Brønnøysund
Brønnøysund
The Seven Sisters mountain range might be Sandessjøen’s primary claim to fame, and the UNESCO listed Vega Islands are also close at hand. Read more about Sandnessjøen
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Nesna is an idyllic and tranquil former trading post on the Helgeland coast. The scenic surroundings comprise the islands of Hugla, Handnesøya and… Read more about Nesna
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Dramatic peaks to the east and a wonderful archipelago to the west provide Ørnes with a unique natural setting. Read more about Ørnes
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Bodø is home to sea egles, the midnight sun, northern lights and the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstarumen. Read more about Bodø
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Stamsund provides a genuine Lofoten experience and a unique encounter with the Viking era. Read more about Stamsund
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Svolvær attracts nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers, in addition to artists in search of the very special light. Read more about Svolvær
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The idyllic village where founder Richard With started Hurtigruten more than 120 years ago. Read more about Stokmarknes
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Fascinating sea landscapes and a bold move in city design – Sortland has the nickname “the blue city”. Read more about Sortland
Sortland
With its 203 inhabitants, the charming village of Rishøyhamn is Hurtigruten’s smallest port of call. Read more about Risøyhamn
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Outdoor adventures and cultural impulses – Harstad has it all. Read more about Harstad
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Fisheries and agriculture add character to the small town of Finnsnes, often called the gateway to Senja. Read more about Finnsnes
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Set in a majestic landscape and packed with culture and history, the splendour and vitality of Tromsø surprises many visitors. Read more about Tromsø
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Alpine mountains and deep fjords provide Skjervøy with a scenic setting. Read more about Skjervøy
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Colourful houses cling to a dramatic mountain landscape in the small fishing community of Øksfjord in Finnmark. Read more about Øksfjord
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The Arctic city of Hammerfest is the northernmost town in the world and is full of life. Read more about Hammerfest
Hammerfest
A colourful small fishing village on an Arctic archipelago in the Barents Sea. Read more about Havøysund
Havøysund
Honningsvåg is the gateway to the North Cape and offers excellent shopping and exciting activities at the end of the world. Read more about Honningsvåg
Honningsvåg
By a small fjord on the west side of the northernmost part of the European mainland lies the small but vibrant fishing village Kjøllefjord. Read more about Kjøllefjord
Kjøllefjord
Amongst the ports of Hurtigruten’s classic route, this proud fishing village is as far north as you get. Read more about Mehamn
Mehamn
Cool and crazy Berlevåg offers wide horizons and unforgettable landscapes. Read more about Berlevåg
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The ruggedly charming village of Båtsfjord is a major hub of the Norwegian fishing industry. Read more about Båtsfjord
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Vardø is the oldest town in Northern Norway and the easternmost in the country. Read more about Vardø
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A multi-cultural town with arctic nature at its best on display. Read more about Vadsø
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Kirkenes is known as the gateway to the east. Here, you can explore the Arctic winter or the never ending day. Read more about Kirkenes
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