Gazing out from North Cape

Rising 1,007 feet out of the ocean, North Cape is a lookout for the gods.

Rising 1,007 feet out of the ocean, North Cape is a lookout for the gods.

North Cape is the headland on the northern coast of the island of Magerøya in Northern Norway. Those on a Norwegian cruise can stand at the edge of the cliff where the iconic globe monument rests, and gaze across the ocean. Bear in mind, only the Svalbard Islands separate you from the north pole.

As such, the cape is the nearest accessible location to Europe's northernmost point, making it a destination for world travelers. Kinnarodden and Knivskjellodden are both a little farther north, but North Cape is more accessible. 

Due to its location, the cape ranks among the greatest places to watch the northern lights.

To get here, most visitors arrive through Honningsvåg, the gateway to the breathtaking North Cape. From November through April, the road is closed for private cars, so many choose to hop on the daily bus from Honningsvåg. In the summer, visitors might encounter the indigenous Sami people before witnessing the midnight sun. In the winter, driving behind a snow plow to get here is not unheard of.

With clean, crisp air and vistas that extend to where the sea meets the horizon, North Cape feels like the end of the world. So, it's no surprise that the cliff is a major tourist attraction - the first tourist arrived here in 1664, and visitors have been coming ever since. 

There is also a visitor center here with modern facilities. Inside, visitors will find a museum and restaurant that serves finger food and beverages. 

Before you leave the cliff, make sure to take a photograph or five. After all, beholding the northernmost point in Europe is no ordinary occurrence.