Photographer's Note

Nordkapp, aka North Cape, Magerøya, Finnmark, Northern Norway.

Now, for a start, "Nordkapp" is not the farthest northern point on mainland Europe. Knivskjelodden may claim that honour. The 307-metre (1007-foot) cliffs at the North Cape are firmly established as Europe's northernmost point, so tourists and bus groups, mobile homers and hardier explorers such as long-distance cyclists take selfies of themselves with the iconic globe in the background. However, the observant tourist will notice the low headland which can be seen on the left, Knivskjelodden. Although it is far less impressive than the cliffs of North Cape, it is actually 1450 metres (4750 feet) further north. But it's a long (9 km) hike to get there from the nearest road, so not easily accessible. What's more, both headlands are on Magerøya island, so to claim "mainland" Europe's most northerly point is questionable in either case.

But let's not argue the toss. North Cape is high, flat, ideal for easy access, and includes a huge car park, various tourist shops, cafés, restaurants, monuments, a chapel and its own post office and post code. However, all the other tourists either stayed in the restaurant or ventured a couple of hundred metres to the famous Globe Monument. We walked East for a mile or so, and were soon completely alone. This is the result. It actually felt like a real traveller's experience! P.S.: the sea's behind me!

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Shutter speed: 1/800 sec
Aperture: f/10.0
ISO: 200
Focal length: 50 mm

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