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Part of town
View of the village (1887-1888)
View of the village (1887-1888)
Bossekop is located in Finnmark
Location in Finnmark
Coordinates: 69°57′36″N 23°14′06″E / 69.96000°N 23.23500°E / 69.96000; 23.23500Coordinates: 69°57′36″N 23°14′06″E / 69.96000°N 23.23500°E / 69.96000; 23.23500
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Finnmark
District Vest-Finnmark
Municipality Alta
Elevation[1] 26 m (85 ft)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)

Bossekop (Northern Sami: Bossugoppi) is one of the three boroughs comprising the town of Alta in Alta Municipality, Finnmark county, Norway. It is located on the western end of the town, along the Altafjorden, along the European route E06 highway. Bossekop is an old Sami trading post and marketplace. The name comes from the Sami word for Whale Bay. The Rock carvings at Alta lie just west of Bossekop.

Bossekop was destroyed by the Germans during their retreat from occupying Norway in November 1944. The only building left standing in Bossekop was Alta Church. The rest of the village was rebuilt after the war. In 2000, the town of Alta was established, and Bossekop was part of it.[2] The new Northern Lights Cathedral was built in Bossekop as the new main church for the town.


  1. ^ "Bossekop" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  2. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Bossekop" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-01-21.