From the Varanger Fjord we were now on the way to the West, passing Tana bru and taking a little detour up North to the Nordkinn Peninsula. We crossed fascinating landscape until we reached Gamvik and shortly after the Slettnes lighthouse, which is the northernmost mainland lighthouse on Earth.
The Nordkinn Peninsula is the northernmost part of mainland Europe, connected to the mainland by a only 500 metre wide isthmus.
Cape Nordkinn at 71°8′2″N 27°39′0″E is the northernmost point of mainland Norway, and therefore of mainland Europe. You can reach it on a 24km full-day hike from Mehamn and another day back. The terrain is difficult for hiking, consisting largely of several kilometres long rock fields with no actual trail, only erected poles and cairns at rather long distances apart.
The famous North Cape is about 5.7 kilometres further north than Cape Nordkinn and branded as Europe’s “official” northernmost point, although it is on an island but so much easier to reach!
From the parking west of the lighthouse starts a well marked circular route which takes about 1 hour. This area is famous for the many birds breeding here in summer. At this time of the year they all seemed to be gone already. We spent the night at this parking getting a good shake from very heavy winds during the night.