Thursday June 16th

We docked in Honningsvag at 8am and half an hour later we boarded the coach for transfer to the Northcape.

We travelled for about 45 minutes up steep roads past bleak hilly moorland. The scenery was very reminiscent of the Drovers road in mid Wales. The main differences were the beautifully maintained road there and the reindeer instead of sheep. Despite being under snow for so many months of the year there was not a pot hole in sight!

On the way we passed an old Sami camp site.

Sami in traditional costume

  

Inside a Sami tentSami and his reindeer

We saw large herds of reindeer as we drove. They are the only farm animals that can survive the long winters and seem to thrive on moss.

When we arrived at the Northcape centre we went first to see the Children of the World Peace monument. The stones were designed and dedicated by children fromall around the world.

Children of the World Peace Monument

As well as the main monument there were many small cairns that had been built all over that windswept plateau.

We posted our cards with the special Northcape stamps and postmark and then walked to the edge of the plateau to the very tip of mainland Europe. I had achieved my ambition at last. I know that there was still over a thousand miles to the North Pole, but I am satisfied now and will leave the last thousand miles to hardier, and younger, folk than me. 🙂

Tourists have been visiting the Northcape for more than a century now. The first excursions were arranged by Thomas Cook, but those intrepid explorers didn’t have the luxury of the modern road, they travelled by sea to the foot of the cliffs and then climbed up the cliffs on ropes!

Two days earlier it had been bright sun and temperatures in the high 20sC, but on the 16th there was mist obscuring the sun which lasted all day so we only had a misty view of the Cape and the sun as we cruised by at midnight.

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