Nordkyn is a peninsula consisting of 5 small villages and 2500 inhabitants. Fishing is the main form of income and it has been since the old days. The Sámi culture has through the times been a part of Nordkyn and parts of the population have Sámi roots. The Sámi who works with reindeer have since long ago used the Nordkyn peninsula as summer pastures.
If you want to get to Nordkyn, the easiest way is to take a plane to Tromsø or Kirkenes and then a connecting plane to Mehamn. From there you can take a bus from the airport to where ever you would like to stay. Getting here by plane is the easiest and fastest way, but not always the most affordable.
If you already are in Finnmark, you can take the bus. It takes some time due to big distances, but you will get to experience Finnmark. You can use this travel planner to get information about the routes: http://www.177finnmark.no/Reiseplanlegger. You can also get to Nordkyn by car or campervan/caravan, but please be aware that it is a long drive from most places. From Tromsø it is about 710 km, from Alta 420 km and if you want to drive all the way from Oslo, it is about 2050 km.
Another popular way of getting here is by Hurtigruten. They call at ports all the way from Bergen up to Kirkenes and back and they do this every day of the year. So you can get on the ship in one port and enjoy the voyage until you get to Kjøllefjord or Mehamn. On the voyage you will get some unique experiences, you will see how the Norwegian culture changes the further north or south you go. You will also get to see spectacular nature. Hurtigruten is scheduled to arrive in Kjøllefjord from Honningsvåg (northbound) at 17:00 and from Mehamn (southbound) at 02:45. And is scheduled to arrive in Mehamn from Kjøllefjord (northbound) at 19:15 and from Berlevåg (southbound) at 00:45
If you want to go from one village to another you can take a bus or taxi. Of course you can walk or bike but it takes some time. There is 32 km between Kjøllefjord and Mehamn, 20 km between Kjøllefjord and Dyfjord, 20 km between Mehamn and Gamvik, and 53 km from Mehamn to Skjånes. Biking or walking is the best way to get around while inside the villages, as they're quite compact.
During the cold and dark winter, there is no sunlight in the period from mid- November to the end of January. Nevertheless, in wintertime from the end of October to April there are the fantastic Northern Lights. They color the sky green and purple. Even those who have lived here their whole life are amazed when the lights dance around on the night sky. Starting mid-May until the end of July, there are 24 hours of daylight. If it is not cloudy, it is possible to see the famous midnight sun. During a perfect night, the sun paints the sea and sky in pink and orange colors.
One of the historical buildings in Kjøllefjord is Foldal. It is an old fish factory, which has been transformed into a museum and accommodation. At Foldal you can learn about the history of the old ways of fishing, producing stockfish, exporting fish and much more as well as other relevant local history. At Gallery Christensen you can see beautiful paintings done by both local painters and others who have fell in love with Kjøllefjord and its beautiful nature. Christensen is an old fish factory like Foldal. You can also buy arts and crafts on the top floor of Christensen.
In Oksevåg can you also see the Northern most forest in the world, this is mentioned in the Gunnies book of world records. This forest consists mainly of birch trees and some of these can be up to 6 meters tall.
Dyfjord has a modern fish factory and it's built a modern fishing harbor with breakwater, floating piers and a dock. Dyfjord has some public infrastructure such as a mail office, a community center, and a school building used for other activities. Kifjord is a small place with about 10 residents. Kifjord is a popular recreational and cabin area, and an excellent starting point for excursions on foot, snowmobile or skis.
Skjøtningberg was a fishing settlement as early as the 15th century, with around 200-250 inhabitants. Until the end of rowing boat fishing, Skjøtningberg was a fishing hub with over 700 fishermen in the early 20th century. Today, Skjøtningberg is a summer recreational area with cabins. It's very popular with families with small children because of the long, shallow beach. A popular trek is north along the rocky coastline to "Svartholla" ("The Black Hole"), a natural cave with majestic surroundings.
Mehamn hosts several festivals (such as Nordkynfestivalen ) and cultural events each year. The settlement also has a vibrant nightlife, including a night club at Mehamn Arctic Hotel, with frequent live music performances. Many of the tours available on Nordkyn originate in Mehamn which is close to the village of Gamvik and Slettnes Lighthouse. The town has several accommodation establishments; a hotel, a guesthouse and a hostel as well as a campsite for RVs/coaches. Mehamn has been a booming trade centre since days of the Pomor trade, and today offers a wide range of shops and services Cape Nordkinn 71°8’1”N Reaching extreme points has always been a goal for adventurous people. Kinnarodden (Cape Nordkinn) is one of them. Preparation, patience and good physical fitness are essential for those wanting to reach the northernmost point on the European mainland. You can set off either from Sandfjordvanne or Mehamn Airport. Both trails are marked with GPS positions (UTM coordinates) of the cairns. A map showing these is available from Gamvik Municipal Council, accommodation providers and tourist offices. The route crosses marshlands, mountains and valleys and you will feel overwhelmed by the wilderness. Only the hardiest of species live here, and there are few traces of ancient human activity. Parts of Kinnarodden are included in the Kinnaroddsandfjorden Nature Reserve, including a beautiful and distinctive coastal meadow. In some places there are tofts (cabins) tracing back to local fishermen who wanted to live closer to the fishing grounds. Do you think this hike sounds too difficult to complete? Don’t despair. There are boat trips for the less adventurous, but the feeling you derive from the visit is just the same. Many who hike out to Kinnarodden choose to book a boat trip for the return leg. Remember to report where you are going, pay attention to the environment, allow adequate time and show respect for the surroundings ... Kinnarodden will give some of its soul to your heart.
The remains of a German coastal fortress from the Second World War can be found north of the village. When the Germans vacated the area, Gamvik was subjected to the scorched earth tactic, and burnt three times in the fall of 1944. The highest recorded number of inhabitants in Gamvik was 650. The population decline in modern times is due to the decline in fisheries and agriculture.
North of Gamvik, the landscape opens into a vast coastal plain. Windswept and exposed like few other places in Norway, this is mainland Norway’s northernmost nature reserve. In winter it appears lifeless beneath the magical Northern Lights. In spring and autumn it is the stage for fantastic wildlife displays as many rare species of bird appear in greater numbers here than anywhere else on earth. In summertime, Slettnes is teeming with life in the thicket and water. Opened in 1905, bombed by German forces in 1944, reconstructed from 1946-48 and automated in 2005, the world’s northernmost mainland lighthouse carries memories from every chapter of modern Norwegian history. At Slettnes the road north comes to an end. This is where Europe drops into the sea.
Skjånes is a busy fishing village with a fish depot, school, grocery store and post office. Due to its sheltered location protected by mountains, Skjånes has a more forgiving climate than other places on Nordkyn, like Mehamn. This gives home to surprisingly lush and green nature, with one of the northernmost forests in the world. Wildflowers are abundant, often painting the side of the road with color. There are multiple marked trails extending into the eastern coastal areas of Nordkyn, starting from Skjånes. They lead out to the abondoned and highly remote Rafjord, Skarfjord and Tyfjord fjords. All with rich history, and clear signs of settlement, both before, during, and after WW2. Skjånes is a great place for hiking and outdoors activities. Archaeological excavations bear witness to an important hunter and gatherer culture. In the late Stone Age (4000-1800 B.C), quartz was mined near Skjånes. A historical text from 1694 mentions settlements and a church with three towers.
Lebesby has a popular road café/diner, which is adjacent to a legendary country store - the Bøgeberg Landhandel, known for an amazing mix of curiosities, foodstuffs, hardware and clothing at very fair prices.
Veidnes is the only remaining settlement on the west side of Laksefjord. Approximately 350 acres of land are cultivated, divided between two farms involved with cattle and sheep farming. There is about 30 people living in Veidnes now, and it is the birthplace of the author Magnar Mikkelsen. The village is part of a wetland area with shallow beaches and wide marshes. The Lille Porsanger river and Lake Kjæsvannet are great areas for fishing. The fishing association of Kjæsvannet has boat rental. The area is also excellent for birdwatching in the summer.
Kunes is an ancient settlement at the head of the Laksefjord. Nowadays the village is home to about 60 people. It has a grocery store, chapel, cafeteria and school. During summer, fishing for salmon in the river Storfjord is a popular activity. It is a great vacation spot for many visitors who arrive around July 20th each year, when the gate to the popular recreation area on Laksefjordvidda opens. The environment is hospitable in the summer season, and the area has many recreational activities to offer. Try fishing in one of many plateau lakes, hiking, or walks along the idyllic beaches of the fjord.
Nordkyn offers two hotels with restaurant, pub and conference facilities. All hotels offer tourist information and equipment/tour booking assistance.
Stay in a seaside fisherman's cottage, or head to an undisturbed mountain cabin. Several establishments also offer low-cost accommodation in simple but comfortable rooms in traditional buildings.