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North Cape is a cape on the island of Magerøya in northern Norway. Its 307 m high, steep cliff is often referred to as the northernmost point of Europe, located at 71°10′21″N, 25°47′40″E. However, the neighbouring point Knivskjelodden is actually some 1,500 metres further north.

The North Cape was named by English explorer Richard Chancellor in 1553 when he passed the cape in the search for a Northeast passage. From then on, it was occasionally visited by daring explorers who climbed the steep cliff face to the plateau; famous visitors include King Oscar II of Norway in 1873 and Thailand's King Chulalongkorn in 1907. Today, the North Cape is a major tourist attraction with tourist centre that houses a number of exhibits on the Cape's history.

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Midnight Sun at the North Cape

307 m high steep cliff at North Cape

The globe at North Cape

This photo is used in "Masa Acher" - the leading geographical and cultural magazine published monthly in Israel.

The Globe at North Cape

19th of June 2001 at 24:00

At North Cape:

Midnight sun from 11 May - 31 July

Darkness from 18 November - 24 January

Nordkapphallen

Nordkapphallen that includes several touristic attractions, some of them built under the ground in order to reduce the impact in the landscape

Tourist senter at North Cape

About 200 000 tourist visit North Cape every year. In the bars of Nordkapphallen you can join the old tradition of celebrating the arrival to North Cape with a glass of champagne.

Knivskjelodden

Knivskjelodden is actually some 1,500 metres further north then North Cape. Follow the 18 km marked hiking trail from Highway E69 and you get a excellent view towards the North Cape Plateau. By walking the world’s northernmost hiking trail to Knivskjelodden, you can write your name in the hiking association’s minute book at Knivskjelodden, and buy a diploma at the Tourist Office

Magerøya

Magerøya

Magerøya is such a unique place. There is not a single tree in the island, but the landscape is wonderful.

Honningsvåg

Honningsvåg in Nordkapp municipality, claims to be the northernmost city in Norway and even in the world. Legislation effective from 1997 states that a Norwegian city must have 5,000 inhabitants, but Honningsvåg with its population of 2,575 was declared a city in 1996. It is situated at a bay on the southern side of Magerøya island, while the famous North Cape and its visitors center is on the northern side. It is a port of call for cruise ships, especially in the summer months. People have lived in this area as far back as 10,300 years ago. The sea was probably the main food supplier for this prehistoric settlement. Indeed, the ice-free ocean (southwestern part of the Barents Sea) provides rich fisheries even today, and tourism is also important.

Russian fishing boat at Honningsvåg

Nordvågen

Nordvågen is a small village in the municipality of Nordkapp. Its population is 450.

Stockfish

Stockfish is fish, especially cod, dried by sun and wind on wooden racks on the foreshore called flakes. The drying of food is the world's oldest known preservation method. Stockfish, produced from spawning cod (”skrei”), was the staple good, and it was sold to almost all of Europe. The weight of the cod is reduced by about 80% when it is dried.

Rein deers

In spring reindeers swim from the mainland to Magerøya to enjoy the summer pastures. Reindeer are good swimmers, but in spring are helped by military boats to cross the waters. In late fall reindeers swim back to mainland unassisted.

Repvåg

A small place south of North Cape with only 31 inhabitants

Catfish (wolf-fish)

Repvåg

Stallo

An old Lappish sacrifical site at Kvalsund outside Hammerfest.

Artic Circle

When passing the Arctic Circle (66° 33 39) with Hurtigruten ferry you get christened in ice water by sea god Neptun. The Arctic Circle marks the southern extremity of the polar day (24 hour sunlit day, often referred to as the "midnight sun") and polar night (24 hour sunless night).

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