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Guidebook for Kokelv

Ranveig & Frank
Ranveig & Frank
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Ranveig & Frank

Guidebook for Kokelv

Getting Around
You can also rent a car in Hammerfest or Lakselv.
Alta Bilutleie (Budget)
29 Moreneveien
You can also rent a car in Hammerfest or Lakselv.
Places to visit
All these places are between 1 - 2 hours drive from the cabin in Kokelv.
Norwegian Scenic Route Havøysund is unique. This stretch is also perfect for those who want to cycle in an extraordinary landscape. The Havøysund plateau is just as far north, but it gets far fewer visitors than the North Cape. Here on the edge of the Barents Sea you can experience the midnight sun in summer and the northern lights in winter. The road out to Havøysund is fascinatingly varied and even though it is only a couple of hundred metres above sea level at the highest point, you get the feeling of driving above the tree line. Parts of the road traverse a barren rocky landscape with the Arctic Ocean on one side and rugged outcrops on the other. The landscape is stark and dramatic and there are few signs other than the road to show that anyone has ventured here before. But in the middle of this apparently barren land you can actually spot both sea eagles and reindeer. The drive offers a varied and thrilling experience that is without comparison – with a picturesque, unique final stop. The little fishing village of Havøysund located at 71° north is literally the end of the road. The village suddenly pops up, taking you by surprise. Strange to think that there is a viable community situated at the spot where the northernmost point of the Norwegian Scenic Route ends on the edge of the ocean. That is quite something.
Havøysund
Norwegian Scenic Route Havøysund is unique. This stretch is also perfect for those who want to cycle in an extraordinary landscape. The Havøysund plateau is just as far north, but it gets far fewer visitors than the North Cape. Here on the edge of the Barents Sea you can experience the midnight sun in summer and the northern lights in winter. The road out to Havøysund is fascinatingly varied and even though it is only a couple of hundred metres above sea level at the highest point, you get the feeling of driving above the tree line. Parts of the road traverse a barren rocky landscape with the Arctic Ocean on one side and rugged outcrops on the other. The landscape is stark and dramatic and there are few signs other than the road to show that anyone has ventured here before. But in the middle of this apparently barren land you can actually spot both sea eagles and reindeer. The drive offers a varied and thrilling experience that is without comparison – with a picturesque, unique final stop. The little fishing village of Havøysund located at 71° north is literally the end of the road. The village suddenly pops up, taking you by surprise. Strange to think that there is a viable community situated at the spot where the northernmost point of the Norwegian Scenic Route ends on the edge of the ocean. That is quite something.
Hammerfest is the world’s northernmost town. For being one of the oldest towns in Norway, it might strike you as odd how modern Hammerfest looks. The town’s history includes several attempts by men and Mother Nature to remove it from the map, like after the hurricane that blew it down in 1856, and again after a devastating fire ravaged the town in 1890. But the worst thing was the Nazis in 1945, when the order came down that “no building be left standing”. Gjenreisningsmuseet, the Museum of Reconstruction, commemorates the cold, bleak years after the event. The Meridian Column is a rather unusual landmark; the place the monument stands on was used to work out the size of the Earth, and the Column is now on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Hammerfest
Hammerfest is the world’s northernmost town. For being one of the oldest towns in Norway, it might strike you as odd how modern Hammerfest looks. The town’s history includes several attempts by men and Mother Nature to remove it from the map, like after the hurricane that blew it down in 1856, and again after a devastating fire ravaged the town in 1890. But the worst thing was the Nazis in 1945, when the order came down that “no building be left standing”. Gjenreisningsmuseet, the Museum of Reconstruction, commemorates the cold, bleak years after the event. The Meridian Column is a rather unusual landmark; the place the monument stands on was used to work out the size of the Earth, and the Column is now on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The rock formations standing in Trollholmsund today is linked to an ancient Sami legend. According to legend a troll came walking over the plateau. Some trolls supposedly came northwards from Lakselv. They carried with themselves a chest containing gold and silver. They came down to the sea and could not go further. It was just before sunrise, and they were looking for holes big enough that they could hide in. They could not find any, and turned to stone when the sun rose. Here you can find lapland rosebay (Rhododendron lapponicum), which needs lime, unlike other rhododendrons, which need acidic soil. Trollholmen is a small island located just east of the mainland and Trollholmsund.
The trolls of Trollholmsund
The rock formations standing in Trollholmsund today is linked to an ancient Sami legend. According to legend a troll came walking over the plateau. Some trolls supposedly came northwards from Lakselv. They carried with themselves a chest containing gold and silver. They came down to the sea and could not go further. It was just before sunrise, and they were looking for holes big enough that they could hide in. They could not find any, and turned to stone when the sun rose. Here you can find lapland rosebay (Rhododendron lapponicum), which needs lime, unlike other rhododendrons, which need acidic soil. Trollholmen is a small island located just east of the mainland and Trollholmsund.
On your way to Lakselv you can visit the National Park Centre for Stabbursdalen National Park. The centre is located in scenic surroundings with the Stabbur River, the Porsangerfjord, Stabbursnes and Stabbursdalen as great starting points for genuine nature experiences. Inside the centre, we offer an exhibition that shows Finnmark’s nature and culture and a video show with Stabbursdalen and Sami culture as themes.
Lakselv
On your way to Lakselv you can visit the National Park Centre for Stabbursdalen National Park. The centre is located in scenic surroundings with the Stabbur River, the Porsangerfjord, Stabbursnes and Stabbursdalen as great starting points for genuine nature experiences. Inside the centre, we offer an exhibition that shows Finnmark’s nature and culture and a video show with Stabbursdalen and Sami culture as themes.
Alta - the city of Northern Lights is the largest city in the county of Finnmark. It is a modern city offering all the services that you might require: hotels, restaurants and cafés, shops, cultural services and experiences. Norwegian and SAS both provide direct flights between Oslo and Alta, so the wonderful experiences available in Alta are just a couple of hours away!
Alta
Alta - the city of Northern Lights is the largest city in the county of Finnmark. It is a modern city offering all the services that you might require: hotels, restaurants and cafés, shops, cultural services and experiences. Norwegian and SAS both provide direct flights between Oslo and Alta, so the wonderful experiences available in Alta are just a couple of hours away!
The Journey to the end of a continent! In the past Nordkapp was difficult to reach - a destination for adventurers, royalty and expeditions. Today, modern transportation has made this legendary area a popular destination. You can travel here by car, bus, boat or bike. Common for all travelers are the strong experiences that awaits them.
Cap Nord
The Journey to the end of a continent! In the past Nordkapp was difficult to reach - a destination for adventurers, royalty and expeditions. Today, modern transportation has made this legendary area a popular destination. You can travel here by car, bus, boat or bike. Common for all travelers are the strong experiences that awaits them.