Norway's Lars-Petter Nordhaug claimed a convincing and symbolic victory at the North Cape, «Nordkapp» in the local language, as he rode everybody off in windy conditions in the last three kilometers, capping off a tremendous work from his Belkin team that placed three riders in the top 5. The 30 year old from Lillehammer positioned himself as the hot favorite of the second Arctic Race of Norway.
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Arctic Race Of Norway - 1st Stage - Hammerfest / Nordkapp - 08/14/2014 - Supporter © ARN/Trim Ivar BERGMOS
Hammerfest is formed by compact and colorful reconstruction architecture with an impact of petroleum industry's extravagance. A visit in Hammerfest church from 1961 with its flaming glass paintings should be obligatory. The northernmost Catholic church is also situated in Hammerfest. The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society with its exhibition about the arctic history issues the membership that proves your visit to the northernmost town in the world. The town's mountain Salen, which offers a nice walking tour, guarantees a fantastic view over the town. The Museum of Reconstruction tells the story about the burning of Finnmark County at the end of the Second World War and how the county was rebuilt. The Meridian Column symbolizes the first technical and scientific object to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In the Energy House, well situated in Norway's most energetic county, you learn about water power, gas, wind power and tidal power. At the Gallery Kulturbanken, where Eva Arnesen displays her art you get a completely different form of energy.
The North Cape is the northernmost point of Europe, and a target for every traveler. The 307m/1007ft high cliff overlooks the Arctic Ocean and infinity, and from the 10th of May to the 30th of July, the Midnight Sun shines in the north. From the “discovery” of the North Cape by the English explorer Richard Chancellor in 1553, adventurers, royals and tourists have been captivated by the idea of going to the end of the world. Bird safari at Gjesvær with hundreds of thousands of puffins, gannets, razorbills and guillemots, hikes to the natural gateway of Kirkeporten with vistas to the North Cape, king crab fishing, deep sea fishing, summer theatre, gallery visits and hikes to abandoned settlements make the experience complete. In the winter, you can travel to the Cape in a convoy behind a snow plough, having the arctic winter and Northern Lights almost to yourself. The North Cape is found on the island of Magerøya, a large island with rolling plateau landscapes and tens of thousands of reindeer on their summer pastures. The 3,100 inhabitants are concentrated in Honningsvåg (2,500 inh.) and the fishing villages of Nordvågen, Kamøyvær, Repvåg (mainland), Gjesvær and Skarsvåg, the latter is the world's northernmost fishing village. Fishing and tourism are the economic mainstays.
The North Cape has a good selection of accommodation in all price ranges, and is easily reached by plane.
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