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Nordkapp

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Hidden : 6/25/2009
In Finnmark, Norway
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

PLEASE NOTE: There is no entry fee if you arrive outside the opening hours. Opening hours of the Visitors Centre are: 01.01. – 30.04. 12:30 – 14:00 01.05. – 17.05. 11:00 – 15:00 18.05. – 31.08. 11:00 – 01:00 01.09. – 01.10. 11:00 – 15:00 02.10. – 01.05 12:30 – 14:00

Information about the Cache:

In June 2009 I visited the North Cape while I was on a cruise.
We stopped at Honningsvag and drove to the North cape by Bus. There is no chance for visitors that come by bus to find a Cache near or at the North Cape. This is why I created this Cache.
When you visit, please take temporary ownership of it as guardian and protector.
Please read the most recent logs and help us maintain this cache. If you are unable to help while you are on the island, leave a note in your log for the next visitor indicating the cache needs attention. I don't know how cold it is up there in winter. Maybe the container needs to be replaced after a strong winter. This was a spontanious hide. Please help to give it a long life! Thanks to everyone in advance!

If anything else fails I have a fellow geocacher who would help maintain the cache physically. If there is any problem please contact me or trondkj.


Information about the North Cape:

German:

Das Nordkap (Nordkapplatået) ist ein steil aus dem Eismeer emporragendes Schieferplateau (Kap) auf der norwegischen Insel Magerøya und befindet sich auf dem Gebiet der nach ihm benannten Kommune Nordkapp. Es liegt auf 71° 10' 21" nördlicher Breite, ca. 2.100 km vom Nordpol entfernt und ca. 520 km nördlich des Polarkreises. Das Nordkap ist zwar nicht der nördlichste Punkt Europas, jedoch ein bedeutendes touristisches Reiseziel. Am Nordkap gibt es für ca. 2,5 Monate die Mitternachtssonne, im Winter dagegen gelangt die Sonne ca. 2,5 Monate lang auch tagsüber nicht über den Horizont.

Auf dem um 280–300 Meter über Normalnull steil aufragenden Hochplateau des Nordkaps befindet sich ein Informationszentrum, die so genannte Nordkaphalle. In dieser gibt es ein Restaurant, eine ökumenische Kapelle, Souvenirläden und ein Postamt, in dem man ein mit dem Tagesdatum abgestempeltes Nordkapdiplom erhält. Die dort abgegebene Post wird mit einem speziellen Nordkap-Poststempel abgestempelt. Als Kuriosität ist in der Nordkaphalle auch ein sogenannter Thai-Pavillon zu finden, der an den Besuch von König Chulalongkorn von Siam im Jahr 1907 erinnert. Für das Parken auf dem Nordkapplateau und den Eintritt in die Nordkaphalle wird zeitweise eine Gebühr verlangt, von der nur Fahrradfahrer ausgenommen sind.

Genau genommen ist das Nordkap – entgegen der weit verbreiteten Auffassung und den Behauptungen der Tourismusbranche – nicht der nördlichste Punkt Europas:

Das Nordkap befindet sich nicht auf dem Festland, sondern auf einer diesem vorgelagerten Insel (der nördlichste Punkt des Festlandes ist die Landzunge Kinnarodden (71° 08’ 01’’ nördlicher Breite) auf der Halbinsel Nordkinn).
Auch auf der Insel Magerøya selbst befindet sich ein noch 1380 Meter weiter nördlich gelegener Punkt, nämlich die westlich benachbarte Landzunge Knivskjellodden auf 71° 11' 8? N, 25° 40' 30? O71.18555555555625.6757.
Auch unter den Inseln, die zu Europa zählen, gibt es diverse, die sich nördlich des Nordkaps befinden, von denen diejenigen des Svalbard-Archipels die nördlichsten sind.
Das Nordkap ist seit dem Anschluss an das Straßennetz im Jahr 1956 der nördlichste Punkt Europas, der mit dem Auto vom europäischen Festland erreicht werden kann. In Zukunft soll am Nordkap der 4.900 km lange Europäische Fernwanderweg E1 beginnen.

Norwegian:

Nordkapplatået (nordsamisk: Davvenjárga) er en klippe på Magerøya i Finnmark fylke i Norge, i Nordkapp kommune. Den 307 m høye, bratte klippen er ofte omtalt som det nordligste punktet i Europa. Dog er Knivskjelodden ca. 1380 m lenger nord, og dermed det kontinentale Europas egentlige nordpunkt.

Begge disse stedene ligger på en øy, noe som gjør at det nordligste punktet på fastlandseuropa er Kinnarodden. Magerøya fikk fastlandsforbindelse 15. juni 1999.

 
Nordkapp, Knivskjelodden, KinnaroddenPå norsk het klippen opprinnelig Knyskanes, men fikk navnet Nordkapp av den engelske utforskeren Richard Chancellor i 1553 da han passerte klippen på leting etter nordøstpassasjen. Etter det ble den sporadisk besøkt av våghalser som tok seg opp det bratte terrenget, blant disse var kong Oskar II i 1873 og kong Rama V av Thailand i 1907.

I dag er Nordkapp en stort turistmål med et egen turistsenter med utstillinger og film fra stedets historie. Nordkapp er nok det norske navnet som mest kjent utenfor Norges grenser. Platået besøkes årlig av over 200 000 turister.

English:

North Cape is a cape on the island of Magerøya in northern Norway, in the municipality of Nordkapp. Its 307 m high, steep cliff is often referred to as the northernmost point of Europe, located at 71°10'21?N 25°47'40?E? / ?71.1725°N 25.79444°E? / 71.1725; 25.79444, 2102.3 km from the North Pole. However, the neighbouring point Knivskjellodden is actually 1,457 metres further north. Moreover, both of these points are situated on an island, which means the northernmost point of mainland Europe is in fact Cape Nordkinn (Kinnarodden), about 20 km from the village of Mehamn.

The North Cape is the point where the Norwegian Sea, part of the Atlantic Ocean, meets the Barents Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean.

The North Cape was named by English explorer Richard Chancellor in 1553 when he passed the cape in the search for a Northeast passage. From then on, it was occasionally visited by daring explorers who climbed the steep cliff face to the plateau; famous visitors include King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway in 1873 and Thailand's King Chulalongkorn in 1907. A road was opened to the North Cape in 1956. Today, the North Cape is a major tourist attraction. It can only be accessed by entry to the Nordkapphallen, an extensive commercial tourist centre that houses a number of exhibits on the Cape's history. The price of visiting the North Cape area is 215 NOK per person (2009). There is no fee for entring by bike.

There is also the possibility of becoming a member of the Royal North Cape Club (RNCC) The Royal North Cape Club was formed in 1984, and membership restricted to people who have visited the North Cape. The idea of the Club is to create corps of ambassadors who will promote the North Cape as a tourist destination and attraction, while maintaining and protecting the unique nature of the place. Club members receive a lifetime's free entrance to the North Cape. The RNCC has its own club Room beside the Grotta Bar. The midnight sun can be seen from 14th of May to the 31st of July. The sun reached its lowest point at 00.14 - 00.24.

The North Cape is reached by road through the North Cape Tunnel. Regular buses run from the nearby town of Honningsvåg to the North Cape, and coaches meet the many cruise ships which call at Honningsvåg. The nearest airport is Honningsvåg Airport, Valan. The Norwegian airline Widerøe services the airport with routes to Tromsø. From Tromsø Airport there are connecting flights to destinations such as Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and London-Stansted.

In 1943, the Battle of North Cape was fought in the Arctic Ocean off this cape.

The EuroVelo bicycle route EV1 starts at North Cape and heads to Sagres, Portugal - a 8,196 km distance by land and sea.

 

 

 

Some NEW informations from my friend Trondkj: You can also advice geocachers to park outside the gate. It is possible, and I did it often while going/climbing to the North Cape Horn. Just outside the gate kiosk :) There is a large area/widening of the road where it is possible to park to the right. And no fee to go inside the North Cape area (but still a fee to go inside the building). The coords are N71° 9.9774 E25° 46.8198

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