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The municipality encompasses mainly the island of Magerøya, but also parts of the mainland east and west of the fjord of Porsangen.
Most of the inhabitants live in the fishing village of Honningsvåg, but Nordvågen, Kamøyvær, Skarsvåg and Gjesvær are also important places.
The municipality's most famous point, after which it is named, is Nordkapp (North Cape). This 307 m high cliff is usually referred to as the northernmost point of Europe. Some 200,000 tourists visit annually, during the two to three months of summer. The neighbouring point of Knivskjellodden is, however, some 1,500 m further north.
The adventurous travellers who read this page should make their way East to Mehamn and walk or boat to Nordkyn, which any map will show is the real northernmost point of the Europe.
Most visitors arrive by car to Magerøya. From Honningsvåg it's a 30minute drive to the North Cape plateau. Honningsvåg is also the harbour for most of the cruise ships and the coastal express. The small airport is operated by www.wideroe.no.
When arriving by bicycle, be aware of the tunnel from the mainland. This is a 7km tube going 212m under the sea level. Good fun the first 3km, and remember the speed limit.
Everyone heads directly to the plateau and then back again, missing all the great nature. One important stop is Kirkeporten, the church gate. A short walk from the road there is a hole where the North Cape horn can be admired. This is a typical post card picture.
When doing a small hike on Magerøya you will see some of the over 3000 reindeer inhabiting the island, and you will also see why it is called the meagre island.
Stay inside the fence and you will be fine. The other great risk is to run out of film or free space on your memorycard.