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Drive to Nordkapp
Fotografering av Lappland
So, how far north in mainland Europe can you drive?
Nordkapp in the Norwegian Finmark region which, at 71°10′21″N, is promoted to be the most northern point you can reach on the European Mainland, but actually the most northern point is Knivskjellodden which stretches a further 1.4km north, but to reach that it is a long hike on foot.
Like most iconic destinations, it is as much about the journey and driving to Nordkapp is certainly one of the most majestic drives in Europe.
This journey started at Jokkmokk, and headed to Abisko National Park, west of Kiruna, before heading west to Riksgränsen (Sweden) and descending the mountain range towards Narvik in Norway before heading north past the Fjordland to Alta.
The remote and beautiful landscape of the region unfolds on the drive along the Stokkedalsveien between to Skiadi then across to Russenes on the shores of the Porsangerfjorden.
The trip north along the Porsangerfjorden is along a specular coastal road to the north of the peninsular and then it is underwater crossing to the island of Mahkaravju via the 6.9km Nordkapptunnelen (North Cape Tunnel).
Once on the island, it is a short drive to the main town of Honningsvåg and a further 30+kms to Nordkapp.