This sign is situated in Rovaniemi (Finland), at the Arctic Circle, in the Santa Claus village. I went there in 2005 and back then I really didn't think I would ever go to the North Cape, it seemed to be sooo far away... :)
This hotel seems to be closed. This is a pity, as there are about 200.000 tourist coming to the North Cape every year and it could be a good business. Well, it COULD - apparently they owners of this one haven't managed for some reason to maintain it.
I was going with my friends to the North Cape for the opening of the film festival, we were a bit late. However, I am really glad that we had a delay, otherwise this photo wouldn't exist. We still managed to get there on time.
The Sami reindeer owners have slaughtered today some of the animals for their own use. Whole families help by this event, even the children. Actually I would have expected something much worse, but it is really done in a relatively calm, quick way. The other reindeer don't see the ones dying.
This is the church in Honninsgvåg. It is the only building in the whole region Finnmark which wasn't destroyed during the WWII. Everything else was burnt down as the German army was retreating. People lived in this church for quite some time after the war, they even had a small bakery there!
This is what I saw from my window just a few days ago. There is a baptist church in this house, it is called Betania. They used to rent rooms to people who come to work here in the summer time, but from this year on they don't do it any longer. What is even more interesting, in the house in which I am staying now, downstairs there also used to be a church! I have no idea what kind of church it was, but now it looks pretty abandoned, including the altar and also a very old organ. Unfortunately the owner of the house is going to rent some rooms downstairs and I don't have the access there anymore and I don't have any photos from there.
This photo was taken next to the exit from one of the fishing villages. On the orange board you can see times. In winter, when it is very stormy you have to come at these times to such a board (and also a barrier blocking the road) and wait for a snowplough. Then all the people drive together in a convoy.
Our theme day is this month sister city. Honningsvåg doesn't have a sister city. I guess it is just too small. But we have here our great attraction: the North Cape. That's why I though that it would be nice if Colares, a city with about 7500 inhabitants would become it. In Colares freguesia (it is a local administrative unit in Portugal) there is also a very particular tourist attraction, namely Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe.