norkapp – top of the europe!

Heading to the top of Europe, we stopped over at Honningsvag, the northernest town of Norway.  It is a beautiful fishing town with colorful homes and boats next to the fjords:

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The water is so clear and blue:

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Big ships and little ships come out of here:

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With large racks set up along the water to dry the fish:

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From here, we went up to North Cape, or Norkapp, the highest point you drive a car up to in Europe.  The night we went up to Norkapp, it was 3 degrees Celsius and the sun was barely peaking through the clouds:

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Norkapp is at 71 latitude and it’s about a 45 minutes drive from Honningsvag.  When we got to Norkapp though, we were so blessed to have the sun peak through just enough to see the cliffs and waters around:

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At the top there is this world marker, where many people climb on sunny days for photos and a glimpse of the north pole:

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The most amazing experience for me that night, other than being at the North Cape, was watching the fog roll in over the cliffs like a waterfall:

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My pictures don’t really do it justice but I get chills thinking back to this moment each time – it was magical.

At the main building in Norkapp, there is an enormous gift shop with postal service to send a letter with a “North Cape” postmark.  There is also a small museum depicting it’s history starting off with a short informational video:

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Along the walk way, there is a timeline with various dioramas depicting the discovery and development of the area:

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And a chapel if you would like to say a prayer:

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At the end is an auditorium for events and conferences to be held.

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With all that, we worked up an appetite!  So, we celebrated our destination with their champagne and caviar plate:

image  where my flute got it’s own spot on my plate, alongside some caviar, salami, and lox.  It was a special treat arranged by my tour director from Insight Vacations® and a great way to commemorate the experience!

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