Road to the North Cape -- The final stretch of the E69 towards Nordkapp,
along the eastern shore of the Porsanger Peninsula, is one of the most
bewildering drives even by Norwegian standards.
The road itself is easy to negotiate, unlike the hairpin switchbacks of
the Trollstigen in Rømsdal. What boggles the mind is the Norwegian
imperative to establish a fully land-bound route to Europe's northernmost
point, culminating in a series of magnificent tunnels completed as
recently as 1999. The longest of these is an underwater "chunnel"
6.4 km (4 miles) in length, linking the mainland to Magerøya island.
The cost of this grand gesture must be staggering. To this day and into
the foreseeable future, motorists pay Kr 180 (around $20 US) in each
direction, entering and leaving Magerøya, which has only about 40 km of
sealed roads between Nordkapp and its nearby seaside communities. This
does not include the toll of entering Nordkapp itself, but early arrivals
can skip it by parking outside the toll gate.
Along the E69, constant sights include the stacks of layered slate that
constitute this chunk of continental extremity, as well as the roaming
reindeer that wear a coat of white fur during the winter.
These photos are taken with the Nikon D100 digital SLR with
the Nikon 20mm f/2.8 D lens.