Cape Nordkinn

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Cape Nordkinn
View of Kinnarodden
Map showing the location of Cape Nordkinn
Kinnarodden (right) is on mainland,
Nordkapp (center) is on an island.
Location Finnmark, Norway
Coordinates 71°08′02″N 27°39′00″E / 71.13389°N 27.65000°E / 71.13389; 27.65000Coordinates: 71°08′02″N 27°39′00″E / 71.13389°N 27.65000°E / 71.13389; 27.65000
Offshore water bodies Barents Sea
Elevation 237 m (778 ft)

Cape Nordkinn (Norwegian: Kinnarodden, also called Nordkyn) at 71°8′2″N 27°39′0″E / 71.13389°N 27.65000°E / 71.13389; 27.65000 is the northernmost point on the Nordkinn Peninsula in Finnmark county, Norway. It is notable for being the northernmost point of mainland Norway, and by extension the northernmost point of mainland Europe. The cape is located on the border of the municipalities of Gamvik and Lebesby.[1]


Cape Nordkinn is the northern tip of the fractal peninsula within the northernmost part of the Nordkinn Peninsula, about 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) in a straight line northwest from the village of Mehamn.

North Cape (more precisely Knivskjellodden) at 71°11′ 8″ N, is about 5.7 kilometres (3.5 mi) further north than Cape Nordkinn, and it is branded as Europe's "official" northernmost point, although it technically is not since it is located on the island of Magerøya, not on the mainland.


Signpost at Mehamn Airport. The trail was opened by Crown Princess Mette-Marit in 2004 to promote tourism.[2]

In sharp contrast to North Cape with its extensive tourist infrastructure and busloads of visitors, Cape Nordkinn is a rather lonely place that can only be visited following at least a full-day hike from Mehamn and one day back.[3] The terrain is sufficiently difficult for hiking that more than two days is usually required for the loop, since it is 24 kilometres (15 mi) one way.

In rainy weather, the slippery stones make the terrain very difficult, with sudden fogs and associated whiteout, orientation on the highland south of the cape can be impossible without a GPS.[4] There is mobile phone coverage in the area except on west facing slopes.[5]

The cape can also be reached by boat tours. The tourist bureau of Gamvik municipality provides tourist information. Hurtigruten ships call at Mehamn and Kjøllefjord to the southwest of the cape, providing a sighting opportunity for visitors on the way.[3][6][7]


  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Kinnarodden" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Kronprinsparets besøk 2004" (in Norwegian). Gamvik kommune. 
  3. ^ a b "Nordkinn hike". 
  4. ^ "Top of Europe - Kinnarodden". Gamvik Municipality. 
  5. ^ "Dekningskart". Telenor. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Map of Kinnarodden". Gamvik kommune. 
  7. ^ "Ports".