Rorbuer at the Tippy-Top of Europe
Destination 71° Nord offers fisherman’s cabins at Sarnes on Magerøya island in Finnmark. The company was founded by three people with a great interest in hunting and outdoor life – active in all sorts of outdoor activities, with lots of experience with Finnmark’s nature.
Rorbu is the Norwegian name for these cabins (rorbuer is the plural form, rorbu is the singular). This is a traditional type of seasonal house used by fishermen, and normally located in a fishing village. The buildings are built on land, but with the one end on poles in the water, allowing easy access to vessels. The style of these buildings and the term rorbuer is used along the coast of Western Norway and Northern Norway, most common on Lofoten and northwards to eastern Finnmark. The use of rorbu for fishing has diminished and the style of housing is now largely used to rent out to tourists.
The cabins offered by Destinasjon 71° Nord are new and modern. They are located at Sarnes on the southern part of the island Magerøya 6 miles (10 km) west from the center of Honningsvåg and 28 miles (45 km) from the North Cape plateau. This is a fantastic place to experience Magerøya and the North Cape. Here you may relax in beautiful surroundings or take part in a variety of different activities and experiences offered in the surrounding area. Why not enjoy the sea view from the veranda or relax in our outdoor spa?
The surroundings at Sarnes are beautiful. With Sarnes as a starting point, you are close to many of the great adventures you can experience in Finnmark. The Fisherman’s cabins were opened on 1th of June 2009, and have all the facilities you need for a wonderful stay.
It is on Magerøya island that one finds North Cape (Norwegian: Nordkapp), which is often referred to as the northernmost point in Europe. Magerøya features a bleak but beautiful, barren tundra landscape devoid of any trees (except for a few small pockets of mountain birch), with steep cliff faces on the coast and dramatic mountainscapes in the interior.
Magerøya’s main claim to fame – and it does attract and large number of tourists every year – is the North Cape, a steep-cliffed cape on the northern coast. To accommodate the large number of tourists visiting the island, a subsea tunnel was built (1993 – 1999). The North Cape Tunnel, which is 4.27 miles (6.87 kilometers) long and reaches a depth of 696 feet (212 meters) below sea level, was for a time one of the longest and of the deepest subsea tunnels in the world. Fog or ice may occur inside the tunnel, even in summer.
At 71°North, Magerøya is a peak place to experience the Midnight Sun in summer and the Northern Lights in winter.
By Air Honningsvåg airport (IATA: HVG) has three daily departures from Tromsø and Hammerfest. North Cape Airport (IATA: LKL) in Lakselv has five daily departures from Tromsø, and Lakselv has two daily bus departures to Honningsvåg. This airport is classified as an international airport, and handles most of the travellers to Nordkapp arriving by plane. All regional flights are operated by Widerøe.
By Boat Norway’s Hurtigruten coastal express ships touch Magerøya every day at Honningsvåg. Hurtigruten’s fleet sails daily from Bergen going north and daily from Kirkenes going south. Arriving by a Hurtigruten ship would be a fantastic way to get here. The waters around the island remain ice-free year round due to the warm North Atlantic drift, part of the Gulf Stream.
By Car Nordkapp is where E69 ends. E69 branches off E6 at Olderfjord, 129 km (80 mi) away. The road passes a deep undersea road tunnel with toll booth on the northern side collecting toll both ways, both for vehicles (kr 70) and passengers (Adults: 47 children: kr 24).
North Cape vs Knivsjellodden
Knivskjellodden is the northernmost point of Magerøya and is, strictly speaking, the northernmost point of the entire continent of Europe. Kinnarodden on the Nordkinn Peninsula is the northernmost point on the mainland. Although North Cape is popularly known as the northernmost point, it is in fact located 1,500 meters farther to the south. Knivskjellodden can be reached with a 9 kilometer long hike from a park place a few km south of North Cape.
Destinasjon 71° Nord AS
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Destinasjon 71° can guide visitors regarding the many opportunities in the area.
Postboks 1, 9751 Honningsvåg
Tel.: +47 47 28 93 20
This site has a lot of information about visiting North Cape.
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