North Cape was named by one of the English explorers searching for the North-West passage to the Spice Islands. It is located at 71 degrees north of the Equator on the island of Mageroya in north Norway and is an important tourist destination. Its 307 metre cliff is often referred to as the most northernly point in Europe but it is not so. It is a little more than 2,000 kilometres from the North pole. It is where the Atlantic and the Arctic oceans meet at the Bering straits.
A road was opened to the Cape in 1956 and the North Cape tunnel connects the mainland to the island. You can drive to the cape but the last part of it is restricted and there is an entry fee into a Commercial Tourist Centre which contains a considerable amount of documents on the history of the area. The Midnight Sun can be seen here from the 14th of May till the 31st of July and the sun disappears altogether from 18th of November until the 24th of January.
There are regular buses going there from the airport in Honningsvag which is just 36 kilometres away. Many tourists join or leave cruisers here and are met by the coaches and buses. The airport has connections with Oslo and Bergen, Trondheim, London which serve as a hub to other European airports. There is a famous bicycle race from here to Sagres in Portugal every year, a distance of 8196 kilometres.
North Cape, globe at Nordkapp
The Cape never gets warm and even in the summer it shows a minus temperature of 12 degrees. The village of Skarsvag which is the closest is a fishing village famous for its Cod and has a population of about 80 people.
You can find accommodation in Honningsvag. The most exciting view here is the midnight sun and the sheer sight of the cliff at the Cape. There is the Children of the World monument and also the Globe is on show.
North Cape in Norway at midnight Nordkapp