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Knivskjellodden or Knivskjelodden is a peninsula located in Nordkapp Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. It is the northernmost point on the island of Magerøya in Northern Norway. It is sometimes considered the northernmost point of the entire continent of Europe. The nearby Kinnarodden on the Nordkinn Peninsula is the northernmost point on the mainland. The northernmost point of the country Norway is in fact Rossøya, in Svalbard, far north.See Knivskjellodden and all Nordkapp Municipality has to offer by arranging your trip with our Nordkapp Municipality online journey planner.
Knivskjellodden can only be reached on foot, after a 9-kilometre (5.6 mi) long hike from a parking area near the European route E69 highway (71.122°N 25.71°E / 71.122; 25.71), 6 km (3.7 mi) south of North Cape.
Travel agencies that organize trips for unaware tourists often advertise the North Cape as the northern extremity of Europe, but this is not true as the Knivskjellodden is 1,450 metres (4,760 ft) further north.
This is not a short hike - it’s >9km one-way and practically all downhill (~300m vertical descent) with the steepest hill towards the end. This means the 9km back is understandably more demanding, so.... more »
From the parking (6km before Nordkapp) it’s fairly flat pathway (well marked, keep an eye open for cairns and the red “T” when along the shoreline), then the path drops to the sea, which is just as... more »
I consider myself to be fairly active. I love walking and generally walk for an hour or so a day. Beware, this is not an easy walk, even in summer. The way is very exposed, we had a horrible (arctic) head-wind for the entire 4 hour walk back. There are no good places to stop and enjoy a picnic along the way that are sheltered from the conditions. Also the walk isn't flat at all. You are either walking on stones, through frozen lakes or up/down hills the entire way. When we made it back to the car park I was soo exhausted I had to drive right infront of the highway toilets as it hurt me to walk up narrow steps. Ten people did the walk on the day we did it and no-one did it the day before due to adverse conditions. This is not for the faint hearted by a truly memorable experience for those who do! Good luck! :)
If you live on the European mainland you can't get any more northerly than this. That little finger of rock that I'm pointing to is the genuine most northerly point of Europe. It's an 18 km round trip to walk there and back but well worth it. Most people visit the tourist centre at Nordkapp halle thinking that they're at the most northerly point, but this is the genuine article. As an added bonus there are no bus loads of geriatric tourists who take the obligatory photo of Globus, stand in slack jawed amazement at the view of the midnight sun and buy souvenirs from the gift shop.
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