Nordkinnhalvøya

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Nordkinn Peninsula
Nordkinnhalvøya
Čorgašnjárga
Slettnes Nordkinnhalvøya 2012-07-11-10-20-037.jpg
View of Slettnes Lighthouse on the Nordkinn Peninsula
Map showing the location of Nordkinn Peninsula
Nordkinnhalvøya location
Location Finnmark, Norway
Coordinates 71°00′58″N 28°01′54″E / 71.01611°N 28.03167°E / 71.01611; 28.03167Coordinates: 71°00′58″N 28°01′54″E / 71.01611°N 28.03167°E / 71.01611; 28.03167
Offshore water bodies Laksefjorden, Tanafjorden, Barents Sea

Nordkinnhalvøya (English: Nordkinn Peninsula; Northern Sami: Čorgašnjárga) is a peninsula in Finnmark county, Norway. The peninsula is shared amongst the municipalities of Lebesby, Gamvik, and Tana. The entire municipality of Gamvik is on the peninsula, a large part of Lebesby is on the peninsula, and a very small part of Tana is on the peninsula. Settlement is mostly concentrated on the northern shores and at the base of the peninsula, while the middle parts of the peninsula are sparsely inhabited. The main villages on the peninsula are Mehamn, Gamvik, and Kjøllefjord—all located on the northern shore. Slettnes Lighthouse near Gamvik is the northernmost lighthouse on mainland Europe.[1][2]

Geography[edit]

Icebound and windswept tundra of the Nordkinn Peninsula at midday during polar night.

The highest point on Nordkinnhalvøya is Storvarden (486 metres or 1,594 feet) in the Sandfjellet massif. The northernmost point on the peninsula is the Kinnarodden cliff, which is also the northernmost point of mainland Norway and Europe.

To the east, the peninsula is bounded by the Tanafjorden which separates it from Varanger Peninsula. To the west, it is bounded by the Laksefjorden separating it from the nearly uninhabited Sværholt Peninsula. In the northwest, the waters of the Laksefjorden join with those of Porsangerfjorden, emptying into the Barents Sea.

Interestingly, the 75-kilometre (47 mi) long peninsula is generally about 40 to 50 kilometres (25 to 31 mi) wide, but in the central part of the peninsula, there are two fjords that cut into it from each side, creating the 500-metre (1,600 ft) wide Hopseidet isthmus.[2]

Transportation[edit]

Norwegian County Road 888 connects the villages of Gamvik, Mehamn, and Lebesby to the European route E6 highway at the base of the peninsula, and from there it continues on to the towns of Kirkenes in the east and Alta in the west. The Hurtigruten coastal ship stops in Mehamn and Kjøllefjord, both on this peninsula.[3] Mehamn Airport, with services by Widerøe, is the airport that serves the peninsula and surrounding area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Slettnes fyr" (in Norwegian). Gamvik kommune. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  2. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Nordkinnhalvøya" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  3. ^ "Ports". Hurtigruten.us. Retrieved 2013-02-20.