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North Cape

North Cape or Nordkapp (nōrˈkäp) [key], promontory, rising steeply c.1,000 ft (300 m) from the Arctic Ocean, near but not at the north end of Magerøya island, Finnmark co., N Norway. Although Magerøya is separated by a narrow channel from the mainland, North Cape, at lat. 71°10−N, is considered to be the northernmost important point of the European continent. The northernmost point actually situated on the mainland is Cape Nordkyn. The North Cape is a traditional stop for tourist steamers.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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