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Driving to Nordkapp (Norway)
So, how far north in mainland Europe can you drive? Nordkapp in the Norwegian Finmark region which, at 71°10′21″N, is promoted to be the most northern point you can reach on the European Mainland, but actually the most northern point is Knivskjellodden which stretches a further 1.4km north, but to reach that it is a long hike on foot.
The drive is about 1,825km, and anyone doing this should be advised that those miles are not 'Aussie Miles' (i.e. straight) but wonderful, windy, around fjords, etc type of driving. Well worth it!
Like most iconic destinations, it is as much about the journey and driving to Nordkapp is certainly one of the most majestic drives in Europe.
Starting out from Umeå, the biggest city in Norrland, the drive takes you along majestic rivers and lakes to the west before heading north along the Inlandsvägen (The Inland Road) to Jokkmokk.
Located just above the Arctic Circle in Lapland, Jokkmokk is a place steeped in Sami culture and while very popular in winter, especially early February when the winter markets are on, it is also a place that delights in Summer.
Famous for its winter markets, Jokkmokk (Lule Sámi: Jåhkåmåhkke or Dálvvadis; Northern Sámi: Dálvvadis), is a place that should be high on any travellers list of places to see in Northern Sweden.
Nearby, well 100kms actually, is Kvikkjokk which is a magnificent drive through remote wilderness along the along Randijaure. Truly awesome landscapes. Autumn is especially beautiful as the deciduous trees put on a colour show of oranges and reds.
The next leg of the journey is to Abisko National Park in Lapland, west of Kiruna.
The next destination is Riksgränsen (Sweden) just before the Norwegian border high in the mountains, then descends the mountain range towards Narvik in Norway before heading north past the Fjordland to Alta.
The remote and beautiful landscape of the region unfolds on the drive along the Stokkedalsveien between to Skiadi then across to Russenes on the shores of the Porsangerfjorden.
The trip north along the Porsangerfjorden is along a specular coastal road to the north of the peninsular and then it is underwater crossing to the island of Mahkaravju via the 6.9km Nordkapptunnelen (North Cape Tunnel).
Once on the island, it is a short drive to the main town of Honningsvåg and a further 30+kms to Nordkapp.