Nordkapp Norway – What to Do in Nordkapp

The meaning of Nordkapp – The North Cape of Norway

Nordkapp is one of the most northern municipalities in Norway. It belongs to Tromso and Finnmark province.

Visiting Nordkapp

Although the place is very well-known among tourists, only 3000 habitants live in the municipality, mostly in settlement of Honningsvag. Speaking about tourist, yearly 200 thousand visitors set foot on the Mageroya Island where Nordkapp is. Most of these visitors either arrive during the winter months or around the summer solstice to enjoy the never-ending bring summer days.

What is in Nordkapp?

In short, northing. Nordkapp is the 307 meters (1,007 ft) high cliff in the middle of nowhere, but don’t worry, it is still worth visiting. We consider it one of the best places in Norway that we recently visited. Although it is mistakenly considered the most northern point of Norway, it’s nevertheless a unique tip on the Mageroya Island. In summer, you can enjoy the nightless nights while in winter you can chase the northern lights.

When is the Best Time to Visit Nordkapp?

The best time to visit Nordkapp is either between June and August, or December and March. The midnight sun is the summer attraction, while you can also go hiking. In winter, you can enjoy the snow, winter activities, and of course the northern lights.

Nordkapp midnight sun time: 12 May – 2 August (2021)

Nordkapp Weather Forecast

The Norwegian meteorological institue has very good short-term forecasts.

The Most Northern Point of Norway

As we mentioned before, Nordkapp is not the most northern point of Norway, not even the most northern part of the island. It is Cape Nordkinn or Kinnarodden in Norwegian ( 71° 08′ 02″ N).

And how about the most northern point of Europe? If you count Franz Jozed Land to Europe, then the Russian Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island at 81° 48′ 24″ N is the place you are looking for. If not, then the most northern point of Europe is on the Spitsbergen. Europe’s northernmost point is the northern point of the island of Rossøya is an islet in Svalbard, Norway at 80° 49′ 44.41″ N.

Nordkapp Coordinates

Nordkapp Latitude and Longitude: Latitude 71.164932 Longitude 25.786972

Nordkapp coordinates in other format:
71° 9′ 53.7552” N 25° 47′ 13.0992” E

How to Get to Nordkapp?

Travel to Nordkapp By Car

The best option is to have a car to explore the island. Unless you live in Norway, Sweden or Finland, most likely you don’t want to drive that much with your own car. Nevertheless, you have a couple of option to fly to Northern Norway, and rent a car there, for example, in Honningsvag, which is not that far from Nordkapp.

A good news to those who want to drive in Nordkapp and Northern Norway: unlike in the south, there are almost no paid roads (only paid ferries). Even the Nordkapp tunnel is free nowadays.

Nordkapp by Plane

Besides the main settlement of Mageroya, Honningvag, you can fly in and rent a car a bit further if you keen on traveling Northern Norway.

Bigger settlements with airport are:

  • Honningsvag
  • Hammerfest
  • Tromso
  • Alta
  • Bodo
  • Kirkenes

Nordkapp Visitor Center & What to Do on Nordkapp

When you visit Nordkapp, you will have a chance not only walk around the cliff, but explore the visitor center. It’s a perfect place to warm up – which you will appreciate even in the cold summer time.

Visitor Center Entrance Fee

The Nordkapp Visitor Center’s fee is 250 NOK per person for adults (2020).

The visitor center of course has a souvenir shop and a restaurant, and you will have a chance to watch the movies about Nordkapp too. The warm toilets are another plus. However, if you are not interested in these, you can skip the visitor center and the hefty entrance fees.

The visitor center opening hours changes with the seasons. In summer, it is open every day between 10 am and 1 am, while in winter only between 10 am and 2 pm, and may be closed on Saturdays or Sundays. Check it in advance.

Nordkapp Parking Fee

In 2020, the parking fee to Nordkapp was 350 NOK.

If you come with a motorized vehicle, it is compulsory to pay.

How to Visit Nordkapp for free?

Parking fees (as of 2020) were collected manually at the entrance of the huge parking lot. The booths are manned only during the opening hours of the visitor centre, so between 10 am and 1 am (in summer) and very limited hours in winter (10 am to 2 pm). If you arrive outside of this time, you don’t need to pay the parking fee.

Note: In winter, it is pitch dark there, so consider it wisely if you want to go there when the Visitor Center is closed.

How Long Time to Spend on Nordkapp?

On Nordkapp itself a couple of hours is more than enough. You can count it as a half-a-day program.

If you consider the whole island, 2-3 days are ideal, so you can explore other locations, go hiking, or take part in organized tours.

Watch the Northern Lights

Between October and March, you can chase the northern lights (a.k.a. Aurora Borealis). Whether you go on your own or enjoy an organized tour, it will be a blast (but dress warm!).

Go Hiking to the Real North Cape: Knivkjellodden

Hike to the Knivkjellodden is the real northern point of the Nordkapp island. It is a 19 km long hike with a 400 m of elevation gain. It takes 3-7 hours, depending on your fitness.

Walk to Kirkeporten in Skarsvåg

Kirkeporten is a large arch next to the sea. You can visit it with a rather short hike. It is about 3 km with the elevation gain of only 50 meters. Count an hour for the adventure.


Honningsvåg is the main settlement on Mageroya. It has all the services you may need, and probably you will stay in some of its hotels or guest houses.

Accommodation in Nordkapp

Best hotels:

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The Best Hotels in Lapland – Northern Lights Hotels and Igloo Hotels

Lapland is a magical destination, and you can make your vacation more exciting by staying in one of the best hotels in Lapland where you can see northern lights from your own bed – if you are lucky.

There are numerous luxury hotels to stay in Lapland whether you head to Finland, Norway, or Sweden. To help you with the decision to pick the most stunning destination, let us show you which are the best hotels to stay in Lapland!

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The Best Hotels in Lapland – Including The Best Igloo Hotels in Lapland

While the igloo hotels and ice hotels are crazy popular, the latter ones are not really suitable hotels for families visiting Lapland.

The Best Hotels in Finnish Lapland

best hotels in Lapland in winter

The Finnish Lapland is one of the most visited places in the Nordics where you can spend an amazing winter holiday. The most popular locations are Rovaniemi, Levi, and Saariselka, but it is worth considering Levi or Yllas as well.

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel – Rovaniemi

The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is located in Rovaniemi, near the home of Santa Claus in Finnish Lapland.

Arctic Treehouse Hotel Review

  • It is in close proximity to Rovaniemi and the anta Claus Village
  • It offers a wide range of winter activities
  • It features a jacuzzi and forest spa
  • It is family-friendly and the best hotel in Lapland for families who travel to Rovaniemi and would like a bit of luxury.
  • Won the World’s Luxury Restaurants Award 2018
  • Average price per night: 300-600€


Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Saariselka

glass igloo hotel in Lapland

Kakslauttanen the first and one of the best hotels in Lapland to see northern lights. The glass igloos offer an amazing view to the night sky, you only need a bit of luck to observe the mesmerizing green phenomena.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort Review

  • You can choose between cozy log cabins and glass igloos.
  • Kasklauttanen has the world’s largest smoke sauna.
  • You can try ice swimming too
  • Tours and winter activities are offered by the hotel, so you don’t need to get anywhere to fulfill your bucket list.
  • You can go winter hiking or snowshoeing to the nearby Urho Kekkonen National Park.
  • guests are provided with a hat, sleeping bag, and pair of woolen socks for extra warmth and comfort. 

Average price per night: 500-1200€

Lapland Hotels Saaga, Yllas

Lapland Hotels Saaga is one of the best hotels in Yllas Lapland (there aren’t many luxury hotels there) that you can pick. Not only the hotel is luxurious and neatly designed, but the nearby ski resort also offers lots of slopes from beginner to advance levels, so you can explore the snowy fells from a different perspective.

This family-friendly hotel is a great option for those who travel with kids too, their big studios or one of their bigger rooms can accommodate more guests

Lapland Hotels Saaga Review

  • family-friendly
  • close to the skiing slopes
  • affordable prices

Golden Crown Levin Iglut, Levi

The Golden Crown Levin Iglut is one of the best hotels in Lapland Levi. Levi is a popular ski center among Finnish people too, so you can’t be wrong choosing them.

Levin Iglut Review

  • Golden Crown Levin Iglut offers one of the cheapest igloos in Finland as they are is an area where more locals holiday. For observing the northern light you only need to observe the sky!
  • You can go downhill skiing in the huge resort.
  • Levi offers a huge variety of winter activities: safaris, northern lights hunts, husky and reindeer farm visits, etc.

Average price per night: 300-700€

 Wilderness Hotel & Igloos, Inari

Inari Lake and its surrounding is an authentic Sami area you can explore.

Wilderness Hotel Inari Review

  • The glass cabins have a unique, thermal glass roof that stays clear from ice and snow so you don’t need to worry about the clear view of the sky
  • Another relative cheap luxury hotel in Lapland
  • They offer a variety of winter activities and tours
  • You can learn A LOT about the indigenous Sami culture and visit Siida, the Sami museum in Ivalo.

Average price per night: 400-600€

The Best Hotels in Swedish Lapland

best snowhotel in Lapland

Aurora Mountain Lodge, Kiruna

Aurora Mountain Lodge is a resort featuring wooden cabins with glass walls and roofs in Lannavaara, about 80 kilometers from Kiruna airport in Swedish Lapland.

Aurora Mountain Lodge Review

  • Aurora Cabins, Guest Rooms, Aurora Suites with glass walls & roofs to observe the Northern Lights
  • Features a variety of winter activities and other attractions, such as husky camp, horse stable, restaurant, sauna, and spa facilities.
  • You can select guided northern lights tours and snowmobile safaris too

Arctic Bath Hotel Sweden, Lulea

This floating hotel complex is about 85 km away from the Swedish City, Lulea, where you can easily travel by plane.

Arctic Bath Hotel Review

  • Absolutely unique experience in Swedish Lapland.
  • Floating double rooms with 160 cm wide beds on the Lule river.
  • for those who prefer to stay ashore can chose from the wooden cabins that fits up to 5 people, so prefect for families.
  • Variety of winter activities and tours
  • On site restaurant with local specialties.

Icehotel Sweden, Jukkasjärvi

How about a hotel made form over 1000 tons of pure ice?

IceHotel Sweden Review

  • First-class igloo experience
  • Solar panels help to keep the hotel operating whole year-round
  • you can choose between deluxe suites with private bathroom and sauna or other simpler rooms.
  • Northern lights tours and snowmobiling are some of the most popular activities organised in the hotel.
  • The ice hotel room temperature is around 5°C or 23°F.

TreeHotel, Harads, near Lulea

The TreeHotel is one of the special hotels in Swedish Lapland in the biggest city of Lulea. Who wouldn’t like to sleep in these suspended tree rooms in a gorgeous pine forest?

TreeHotel Review

  • You can choose between 7 different types of tree rooms suspended 4-10 meters above the ground
  • It is only an hour of car ride from Lule Airport
  • The hotel sauna and hot tub can be used for an additional fee.
  • All of the tree-rooms are equipped with bio-toilet, electricity, underfloor heating, air conditioning, coffee maker and water kettle, fresh drinking water, refrigerators, WiFi, but you need to use the showers in the neighboring building.

The Best Hotels in Norwegian Lapland to Watch the Northern Lights

 Not only Finland and Sweden, but also Norway offers a variety of luxury hotels to watch the northern lights in Lapland.

Kirkenes Snowhotel, Kirkenes

Another unique snow hotel in the Norwegian Arctic. The Snowhotel Kirkenes features 20 rooms with good mattresses to ensure a night of comfortable sleep for you and your loved one.

Kirkenes Snowhotel Review

  • The warm restaurant serves the best of Norwegian dishes from local ingredients, including berries and cheese.
  • The sauna will make sure you won’t feel cold, ever.
  • Nearby reindeer park visit and other winter activities can be easily arranged from the hotel.
  • It is open from December to March.

Tromso Ice Dome, Tromso

One of the best luxury hotels in Lapland. Although from the hotel itself you can’t see the Northern Lights, Tromso is a perfect city to try your luck and hunt those mesmerizing lights.

  • Don’t forget to visit the ice bar and the ICE CINEMA. You read it correctly, they built a small cinema every year.
  • Perfect location to go on Northern Light Tours in Lapland
  • Winter Activities and tours can be book from several operators in the city.

 Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta

Alta is a bit more south than the other Norwegian cities, yet still a perfect location for winter holiday in Lapland. The hotel is at the Alta River and features 30 rooms, suites and an ice bar and ice chapel too.

Sorrisniva Igloo Review

  • It has a unique ice bar and ice chapel beautifully decorated with ice scupltures.
  • Amazing location for northern lights
  • the hotel rooms not only have cosy warm sleeping bags but reindeer hides also help keeping the guests warm.
  • the hotel has a sauna and jakkuzzi as well

The Best Hotel in Lapland to See Northern Lights

For observing aurora borealis, our recommendation is the igloos in Saariselka (Finland).

Best Family Hotel in Lapland: Santa Claus Holiday Village, Rovaniemi

Even if you decide to stay in traditional accommodation or one of the best family hotels in Lapland, you can still book amazing northern lights hunt experience as an additional program. The northern lights tours are offered from September till late March.