Saturday, 7 January 2012

Nordkapp, Norway

The Finnish community on the Postcrossing forum has this little project called 'Kesäkorttikaveri' ('summer card pal') every year where you can exchange postcards during the summer with one or several people. Usually people "pair up" themselves and decide how often they send cards to each other. I've participated in it a few times and always really enjoy it, I've met some lovely people that way (and I still exchange cards with one of them!). In summer 2011 one of my card pals was Nina. She visited Norway during that summer and sent me this lovely postcard from there.

Nordkapp (North Cape) is a cape on the island of Magerøya in Northern Norway, in the municipality of Nordkapp. Its 307 metres high, steep cliff is often referred to as the northernmost point of Europe, located at 71°10′21″N 25°47′40″E, 2,102.3 kilometres from the North Pole. However, the neighbouring point Knivskjellodden is actually 1,457 metres farther north. Moreover, both of these points are situated on an island, which means the northernmost point of mainland Europe is in fact Cape Nordkinn (Kinnarodden), about 20 kilometres from the village of Mehamn on Nordkinn Peninsula.

The North Cape is the point where the Norwegian Sea, part of the Atlantic Ocean, meets the Barents Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean.

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