Sailing round the Nordkynn Peninsula has always been treacherous. Here, ships are confronted with the brutal force of the Barents Sea, pitch-black darkness, and freezing temperatures in winter.
For passengers on the Hurtigruten sailing between Kjøllefjord and Mehamn, the entrance into Kjøllefjord is a striking moment of contrasts as the dramatic cathedral-shaped sea cliff known as Finnkirka suddenly rises into view. At such times, it can be no wonder that one’s thoughts wander to the heavens.
Finnkirka is a commanding sight, created by the impact of harsh sea on rock over millions of years. This unusual creation of nature is an ancient Sámi sacrificial site. In the past, fishermen also stopped here to pray for good weather on their way out to sea, and then stopped again to give thanks following a safe return home.
Finnkirka is lit up at night, which provides an extraordinary experience in the Arctic night. The cliff shows the way north and south, as it has done throughout the ages – and will continue to do so in the years to come.