Gjesvær

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Nordkapp featuring mountains and a small town or village
A traditional and charming village of northern Norway, this spot has significant ethnic history dating back to the Viking Age.

Visit the pleasant fishing town of Gjesvær, which was once inhabited by the powerful Vikings. Discover the spectacular Gjesværstappan islands nearby, where you’ll find one of the largest bird colonies in all of Norway.

The name Gjesvær comes from Geir, which means spear. During the Viking Age, Scandinavian Norsemen explored Europe by sea in order to conquest, colonize and trade. Norsemen means “Men from the North.” These were the Germanic people who used to live in Scandinavia and spoke the Old Norse language.

Explore the location the Vikings chose to rest on their way to Bjarmaland, which was a territory that included the southern shores of the White Sea and the basin of the Vienanjoki River. The town of Geirsver was mentioned in the Heimskringla saga, a historic collection of stories about the Norwegian kings and Viking voyages.

Although the original houses and buildings of Gjesvær were destroyed by German occupying forces in 1944, you can still find some construction that is an important part of the region’s culture and history. Look for the Gjesvær Chapel, built in 1960. This small white wooden chapel, privately owned, can seat about 70 people in its simple interior. The charming building is considered one of Norway’s cultural heritage monuments.

The village of Gjesvær also houses a fish processing factory, a post office, a school and a retail shop. Tourism has grown over the last years from activities including fishing and bird watching in Gjesværstappan natural reserve. Gjesværstappan is a group of small islands in the Norwegian Sea and is located nearby, north of the town. It features a beautiful natural reserve, home to a huge seabird colony. Take a bird-watching trip from Gjesvær to the islands and admire some of the amazing birds living in the archipelago.

Gjesvær is a small village in the Nordkapp Municipality in Finnmark county, in the northeastern part of Norway. Travel to Gjesvær and enjoy the charm of this traditional fishing town with about 130 inhabitants.

Scandic Honningsvåg
Scandic Honningsvåg
3 out of 5
Nordkappgaten 4, Honningsvag, Nordkapp, 9750
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The price is $118 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Nordkapp. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Honningsvag Port and North Cape ...
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Close to the Hurtigruten pier.
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Nordkapp Camping
Nordkapp Camping
2 out of 5
Skipsfjorden, Honningsvag, Nordkapp, 9751
Stay at this campground in Nordkapp. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and free grocery shopping service. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in ...
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The View Hotel
The View Hotel
3 out of 5
12 Utsikten, Nordkapp, Finnmark, 9750
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The price is $128 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27
Stay at this 3-star eco-friendly hotel in Nordkapp. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Honningsvag Port and North Cape Museum ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (116 reviews)
"The hotel is in a great location. It's only 30 minutes away from the nordkap globus. Staffs are really nice and friendly at the hotel. Definitely recommend staying here when traveling to nordkapp."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

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Nordkapp Camping
Nordkapp Camping
2 out of 5
Skipsfjorden, Honningsvag, Nordkapp, 9751
Stay at this campground in Nordkapp. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and free grocery shopping service. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (143 reviews)
"Great place and thanks to Expedia for providing a fabulous deal ..when every other property around this location was way too expensive, this was a deal that was great!! The place was warm and welcoming... The Reception was super! Friendly and sharing abundant information that was very helpful. Overall, ..."

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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