Norway Day Six: A Visit To North Cape, Actually Not The Most Northern Point In Europe.
After my visit to the museum, I walked over to the visitor center to board my bus for the 45 minutes trip to the North Cape. On my way I walked by the memorial to the famous Norwegian war hero, a St. Bernard named Bamse.
We continued our drive and soon approached the plateau of the North Cape towering above the Barents Sea. The snow had stooped and there were actually some patches of blue sky in the distance when we parked our bus.
I had hoped to make the voyage up here at midnight when spectacular views of the midnight sun can be seen. I had to be up early the next day to board my ship but, if the skies cleared, I was still going to hire a taxi and return at midnight.
It was around 2 p.m when we were there and the sun was again obscured by the seemingly ever present clouds of northern Norway. I left the globe monument and walked over to the Children of the Earth monument.
What a beautiful monument with such a beautiful story. The idea of a Norwegian writer, Simon Flem Devold, in 1987, he arranged for seven children from around the world to meet, exchange ideas and create clay reliefs.
They were then incorporated into this beautiful monument to show understanding and co-operation among all people, races, cultures and religions. I was very moved by the monument and it’s meaning, especially in these troubled times in my Nation and our world.
Unfortunately, they weren’t visiting the northernmost point on continental Europe. North Cape is on an island. The most northern point on continental Europe would be Cape Nordkinn about 40 miles away. Still it is a historic and beautiful place to visit.
I remained outside for almost the entire hour. I reflected on standing on yet another great Cape on our planet. I had stood on Cape Horn in South America, the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and the South East Cape in South Austrlia. All of these capes seperate the worlds great oceans. I now stood on the Cape seperating the Atlantic and Arctic oceans.
I didn’t even have time to visit the museums inside. I was hoping to maybe return at midnight if the skies cleared. But, it was still cloudy as we returned to the bus and made our way back to Honningsvag. Here is a link to some more photographs from my visit to North Cape. Norway Day Six: North Cape June 5 2018.
I returned to the bus for the ride back to Honnisvag and arrived in town around 3 p.m. I walked back to the hotel and tried to sleep so I could get up at midnight to look for the sun. I couldn’t sleep so decided to have an early dinner at the Crab House. I had a nice home style meals of halibut and potaotes. I was back at my hotel and actually slept a few hours. I set the alarm for 11 p.m. I awoke and it was raining. Another day in Norway without seeing the midnight sun.
I am restless. I don’t mind leaving this comfortable, static life. I could live a year on my own in a remote village. Michael Palin