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Abandoned village
Kjelvik is located in Finnmark
Location in Finnmark
Kjelvik is located in Norway
Kjelvik (Norway)
Coordinates: 71°00′07″N 26°06′45″E / 71.00194°N 26.11250°E / 71.00194; 26.11250Coordinates: 71°00′07″N 26°06′45″E / 71.00194°N 26.11250°E / 71.00194; 26.11250
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Finnmark
District Vest-Finnmark
Municipality Nordkapp
Elevation[1] 7 m (23 ft)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code 9760 Nordvågen

Kjelvik is an abandoned fishing village in Nordkapp Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. It is located on the island of Magerøya, about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) northeast of the town of Honningsvåg and about 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) northeast of the village of Nordvågen. It sits near the mouth of the Porsangerfjorden. The village has no permanent residents any longer, but the homes are still used as vacation homes in the summer.

Kjelvik was the original name of Nordkapp municipality since Kjelvik was one of the largest settlements in the municipality, larger even than Honningsvåg. However, during World War II, the village was totally destroyed by German forces in 1944, and it never recovered. As a consequence of this, in 1950 the name of the municipality was changed to Nordkapp to recognize the importance of the nearby North Cape.[2]


The village is first mentioned in 1518 ("Kedelwigh"), but it is probably from older times (Old Norse: Ketilvík). The first element is ketill which means "kettle" and the last element is vík which means "inlet". The meaning of the name is then: "the inlet formed like a kettle".[3]


  1. ^ "Kjelvik" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  2. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Kjelvik tettsted" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1924). Norske gaardnavne: Finmarkens amt (in Norwegian) (18 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 170. 

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