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Mehamn is in Finnmark.
Mehamn is a small fishing village located on the small Vedvik peninsula, itself part of the greater Nordkinn Peninsula, at the southern end of the Mehamnfjorden, a bay off of the Barents Sea. It is also Hurtigruten's northernmost harbour. The local population amounts to about 700 people and the main form of income is from fishing, including stockfish. During the period February/March they hang 300 tons of cod for mainly export.
Despite it's small size, Mehamn does not lack rich history. At one point they had the biggest whaling station in all of Finnmark. Svend Foyn was the founder of this whaling station which was put into use early spring 1885. After Foyn’s death in 1894, the whaling station was run by Foyn’s whaling company. Svend Foyn also established the Svend Foyn Chapel, in Mehamn starting in 1887.
The Mehamn rebellion was also a big occurance that took place in Mehamn in 1903. The background for the Mehamn rebellion was a period of miserable cod and capelin fishing. The fishermen blamed the local whaling. They believed that the whales chased the fish towards the shore. On the 2nd of June 1903, a large number of them gathered outside the factory. During the following two days, machinery was destroyed, chimneys were torn down, and the large steam boilers were sunk. As result of the rebellion a law was passed ensuring the preservation of the whales in Norwegian waters off the coast of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark.
Mehamn is also infamous for the 1982 air crash. On 11 March 1982, a Widerøe Twin Otter crashed into the sea on approach to Mehamn Airport during flight from Berlevåg Airport, killing all on board. Despite controversies regarding the cause of the crash, clear-air turbulence over the Mehamnfjorden was determined as the official cause.
Mehamn is connected by air via Mehamn Airport, with services by Widerøe. The airport has four departures a day.
Another popular way of visiting Mehamn by Hurtigruten. Mehamn is Hurtigruten's northernmost harbour and the ship docks twice a day. The boat arrives at 02:45 when southbound and 19:30 when northbound.
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. For more information you can visit Snelandia's page, the main bus provider in Finnmark.
Mehamn is a fairly small town, and everything is within a short distance. If you plan on traveling bigger distances taking the bus or a taxi is possible.
Tours and hiking
Because of its convenient placement, many of the tours on Nordkyn originate in Mehamn as it is close to the town Gamvik, Slettnes lighthouse and Kinnarodden. If you're interested in some real adventure, visiting the true pearl of the North might be for you. Cape Nordkinn, also known as Kinnarodden, is the true northernmost point of mainland Europe. The Cape can be reached both by foot and boat, but keep in mind the hike is harsh, mostly suitable for experienced hikers. Also, an overnight stop is normally required. If needed, a guided tour can be provided. However, it is much easier to reach by boat. "Odd Tore", a 60-foot traditional wooden fishing vessel, can easily bring you to Kinnarodden in only a couple of hours. It is also possible to spot whales, seals, dolphins whilst enjoying the midnight sun. The trip has to be booked in either the tourist information or at Nordkyn Nordic Safari and it costs 550 NOK per person.
If Kinnarodden didn't satisfy your thirst for the arctic nature, Slettnes lighthouse might fulfil your needs. The guided tour brings you into the tower, allowing you to enjoy the stunning views across the sea, moor and mountains. Back on the ground it is possible to eat at a cosy café and sleep in the historical surroundings of the formers lighthouse's officer's house. The lighthouse tour is only 50 NOK while the accommodation is 850 NOK per night for a single room and 1100 NOK per night for the double room.
Expedition Earth offers a unique experience to enjoy the midnight sun from the view of a kayak. They'll bring you out on the Barents Sea or a lake close to Mehamn with guaranteed safety and comfort. Along the way there will be possibilities for breaks and perhaps enjoying a cup of coffee or tea while the kayak rocks gently with the waves. No previous kayaking experience is necessary.
If that doesn't float your boat then Mehamn also host 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.
Cottages and hostel
Waterfront Fisherman's cottage offers a beautiful view over Mehamn harbour with three twin rooms, kitchen with dish washer, a living room with, bathroom and patio furniture.
Youth hostel provides twin, three and four bedrooms with kitchen, balcony, separate showers and toilets along with wireless internet.
Ret tree lakeside cottage is another cabin that offers a beautiful view over a lake withsurrounding hills and rocky outcrops for those who want to feel closer to nature. The cottage is located 5 km from Mehamn in the direction of Gamvik and is perfectly suited as a base for river or lake fising, hikes, picking berries or family get-aways. However keep in mind that there is no electricity, running water or internet connection, although drinking water is provided. Cooking can be done on the gas- or wood stove, which is also used for heating, and the sanitary faclites consists of a biological toilet in an attaced room.
Caravan and camping site
If you are bringing your accomendation then Adventure camp Mehamn is your stop. The camp is located on the Holmen peninsula beside the beautiful harbour of Mehamn, the Barents Sea and the Midnight sun. They provide you with power, water, shower, WC and wireless internet included in the price. For a small fee you can also use their washing machie and tumble dryer.