The wildlife at North Cape is close and spectacular. Here you will find one of Europe’s largest and most accessible bird cliffs with species so rare you might have a hard time tracking them other places. Our Island get new furry friends every summer, the reindeer spend their summer holidays here grazing.
North Cape represents a myriad of wildlife, both beautiful and rare species to more portentous ones at the bottom of the sea, talking of course about the infamous king crab. Here are some of our friends:
Get excited by millions of birds nesting, diving, and flying over Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve. It springs of life the period from April to September in both on land and in the air. Powerful sea eagles circle round in search of their next prey. Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Cormorants, Arctic Skuas, are species among the diverse birdlife at Gjesværstappan – in the fishing village of Gjesvær.
At summertime you can come across flocks of grazing reindeer at North Cape. Don’t be surprised if the reindeer suddenly show up in the town of Honningsvåg or in your garden on a hot summer day, it happens sometimes. Although our furry friends are majestic to look at, they should be respected. Be careful while driving on the island, you never know when these stubborn animals decide to cross the road.
The king crab is a newcomer in Norway. The crab specie originates from the Pacific region – from the Japanese Sea in the south to the Kamchatka peninsula in the North. It all started with the crab specie being introduced to Murmansk by Soviet biologist back in the 1960s. Since then, the crab has grown strongly and spread east and west in the southern Barents Sea, including along parts of the Norwegian Coast. The king crab is undesirable in Norwegian waters, but has nevertheless become an important commercial specie for Norwegian crab fishermen in the North Cape region.
The Northern Lights city of Alta is a great choice for visitors seeking to experience the magic of the Northern Lights. Alta's history as a Northern Lights city goes back to the days when Birkeland built the world's first Northern Lights observatory on the top of Mt. Haldde in 1899. Alta has a stable climate and is therefore one of the best places in the north for seeing the Northern Lights.
Once you have first taken the trouble to travel all the way to northern Norway, you might just as well go the whole way: put on your thermals and your woolly hat, climb into a sleeping bag and sleep like an angel in a room constructed of snow. Because Sorrisniva has a 2,500m2 igloo hotel, located just outside the Northern Lights city of Alta, where you will be ideally positioned for seeing the Northern Lights.
Dog sledding has become even more popular than ever before. The popular dog sled race, Finnmarksløpet, has attracted many dog lovers to the Northern Lights city of Alta. This race runs for 1,000 kilometres, from Alta in the west to Kirkenes in the east and back again. It is the longest dog sled race in Europe, with the rough Finnmark landscape providing both two-legged and four-legged participants with an experience they will never forget. This race has been described as being the most beautiful winter adventure.