If the distant Norwegian island of Svalbard is excluded, then the northern most peninsula of this island marks both the northern most point of Norway and of Europe – the next location over the Barents Sea directly to the north is the North Pole.
So then, did I make it all the way to the top of Norway? Unfortunately no, I settled for being 12 miles off the northern most point due to some rather appalling weather. To get to the peninsula at Knivskjelodden (rather than at Nordkapp where the visitors centre is based) you need to drive up a snow covered mountain pass, park up and then hike for 10km. As it was, Hotel Note wasn’t able to negotiate the final 9% gradient incline to reach the small car park at the top – understandable given the gales and snowfall at the time. I had a second attempt the following morning but conditions had deteriorated further – even with the snow plough attempting to keep the road open so I retreated to the main town on the island, Honingsvag for a wander prior to heading southward.
Of note was the sunset – or lack of one, the second photo was taken at 0225hrs!
So to the stats :-
Distance since Alta – miles (5416 miles total)
Driving duration since Alta – hours (130:39 hours total)
Fuel economy – 53.1 mpg average