Nordkapp is a municipality in Norway, in Finnmark County. Honningsvag is the administrative hub of the municipality, and that is where most of the people in the county live. Some of the other settlements in the municipality include the small towns of Valan, Skarsvag, Repvag, Nordvagen, Kjelvik, Kamoyvaer, Kafjord, and Gjesvaer. There are a number of places where people live in Nordkapp. Honningsvag is by far where the majority of the residents live.
There are nearly 200,000 tourists that come to Nordkapp throughout the year, making it a highly trafficked Norwegian tourist site. Most of them visit during the couple of months of summer when the weather is the nicest. The primary tourist attractions include Knivskjellodden and the North Cape. The North Cape initially became famous when Richard Chancellor, an English explorer, discovered it in 1553 while he was trying to find a sea route on to the Northeast Passage. You can find the Helnes Lightouse right at the entry point to the Porsangerfjorden.
In 1861, the northern part of the municipality of Kistrand was cut out to create Kjelvik. At first, the municipality comprised the area around the norhtenr tip of the Porsangerfjorden, and that included part of Mageroya island, and it had a population of roughly 350. The name of the municipality was then changed to Nordkapp in 1950. In 1984, the western area of the island of Mageroya, as well as the tiny surrounding islands of Gjesvaerstappan, were transferred into Nordkapp from Masoy Municipality.
This little coastal municipality is sort of like others in Finnmark, in that it is the site of several big seabird colonies. The little group of islands called Gjesvaerstappan is one of the more well known groups of islands with at least 2,500 Razorbill. Outside of the coast is the usual tundra habitat of the area that has a lot of areas of Willow Scrub, marshes, and lakes. It’s a unique spot to see some of the beautiful scenery in Norway. A lot of the lakes have breeding wildfowl, and you can see species like the Long-Tailed Duck.
Interestingly, Norway has a lot of interesting birdlife, and the birdlife is different in different parts of the country. Get a guide to birding in Norway if you’re visiting the country so that you don’t miss anything. It’s a wonderful part of Norway that is underappreciated by most tourists because they don’t know anything about it.
Nordkapp Photo Gallery
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