Nordkapp (North Cape) in Norway in July 2018:
To get all the way up to the northernmost point in Europe accessible by car, one must drive along the Norway’s beautiful coastline and pass the countless underground tunnels. Gradually the roads start to narrow and wind, as they take the traveler further North on top of the gorgeous mountains. Although crystal clear mountain lakes along the road look beautiful, the eyes of the driver are fixed to the horizon, where lies the ultimate destination for so many visitors around the world: the North Cape or Nordkapp.
To enter the Nordkapp by car costs around 30€ or 34USD per person. However, on Nordkapp’s official website it is mentioned, that a completely free entrance is granted to visitors arriving by foot, bicycle, or other non-motorized vehicle. So some try to find a place for a car further away from the entrance and walk few kilometers to the gate. Although good to know that parking along the narrow road is not allowed, so there’s not really many spots to leave a car within reasonable walking distance.
Since 1891 the Nordkapp has welcomed tourists. Past years the amount of visitors have increased, and around 200,000 people visit it every year. Since the season is only three months long, it means that during the summer you can expect around 2500 other daily visitors with you. For that, the visitor center is quite large and in many floors, and offers many interesting exhibitions, videos, and art works that explain the history, nature, and other facts of the place. And of course, there’s a souvenir shop and restaurants, where one can enjoy traditional waffles or other refreshments.
The visitor center is nice, but the most memorable views are seen from the cliff, where the iconic monument and the symbol of the Nordkapp, The Globe, is situated. From the middle of May to the end of July the midnight sun is visible and offers breathtaking scenery from top of the world.
There’s no hotel in Norddkapp. Some stay overnight in the mobile homes at the parking area, or others, like us, prefer to stay in a tent under a starry sky. This is possible since in Norway the wild camping is permitted, and there are many nice mountain lakes and quiet flat spots where to pitch a tent without neighbors. Yet some drive to nearby villages for commercial camping grounds, hotels, or other type of accommodations.
Overall impression of Nordkapp is very positive. Although the place can be sometimes a bit crowded, windy and cold, and it leaves warm memories and is certainly worth visiting.
"Bummin the Tremelo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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