After an overwhelming drive to a stormy North Cape, we are dying to see more of the area. We couldn’t do the 5-hour hike to the real North Cape, therefore we decided to drive to the fishing village of Skarsvag. Here begins a short hike to an arch shaped rock, Kirkeporten. This hike gives a good impression of the area, especially if like us, you have little time to spend on the North Cape.
Driving from the North Cape to Skarsvag
Once we leave the North Cape behind, the fog at the top of the mountains has disappeared and we finally get to see something of the desolate landscape. The weather on and around the North Cape is very variable and a few kilometres from the North Cape the weather can be totally different. The mountains where we drove earlier that day are much higher than I expected. We drive through dark rocky mountains covered with snow and arid meadows. Exactly how you’d expect the end of the world to look like. Occasionally we see a half frozen lake. It’s cold, rugged and inhospitable, but this abandoned landscape is impressively beautiful. We pass a Sami camp, with a souvenir shop and reindeer. I don’t stop here too long because it’s raining and it’s freezing cold. A few minutes later there is nothing left of this rain and we even feel a timid sun peeking through the clouds. Sign that the weather gods allow us to do this short hike to Kirkeporten without getting wet. Soon we approach Skarsvag. This picturesque fishing village is located in a small bay and consists of a few typical coloured houses. The reindeer that filled the landscape more and more during the trip to the North Cape, are also numerous here. Everywhere there are reindeer with their little ones grazing around.
Hiking to Kirkeporten
We park the car at the small campsite at the entrance of the village, the trail starts just a few meters further on the left side of the road. The short hike just takes an hour return and the slightly ascending and descending trail to the arch shaped rock leads through a beautiful environment full of rocks and barren meadows. But in this lunar landscape there is also life. The proof are the small pink flowers that grow on the rocks. The more we climb, the more beautiful the view of Skarsvag gets. After a short descent we see some weird shaped wavy rocks.
The famous arch is surrounded by sea, snowcapped mountains and unusual rock formations. So rugged, empty and there is hardly any vegetation. There is no one else in sight and this pure place is so peaceful. We make some nice shots of the rugged landscape and enjoy the calm around us. On the way back, just before we reach the starting point of the hike, a group of reindeer comes towards us. They look a bit quirky but I think they are cute. One of them has immense antlers and there are little ones all around. So cute. Taking pictures of the little ones turns out to be tricky, because they often hide behind their mother.
Once we are done observing the animals, we drive back to Honningsvag, again through a pristine lunar landscape. This harsh landscape never stops amazing us. Honnigsvag is surrounded by water and dark rocks. It’s the northernmost city of the European mainland and it feels quite special to be in such a remote corner. Our visit of the North Cape and surroundings was an unforgettable experience.
Have you ever hiked through a similar desolate landscape?