Finnkirka stands proud on Europe’s most northern headland

Beauty is often found in the most remote places. On the most northerly section of mainland in Europe – the Nordkyn peninsula – you will find the impressive cliff of Finnkirka: the coast at its most sacred.

At the entrance to Kjøllefjord on the Nordkyn peninsula you will find one of the marvels of nature: Finnkirka (sometimes spelled “Finnkjerka”) . Finnkirka rises up like a church with a spire, roof and walls between a steep coast and the Arctic Sea, shaped by the violent meeting between the waters of the sea and the rock hard Finnmark coast over many millennia.

It was a Sami sacrifice site

It is reasonable to assume that the Sami people previously used Finnkirka as a site of sacrifice. In the Sami religion, spirits inhabited everything in nature. Striking features in the landscape were therefore holy sites. However, the Sami people became Christian before anyone managed to describe how the rituals took place, so no details are available.

Finnkirka is lit up at night

The most memorable experiences in Northern Norway often stem from the winter months. Finnkirka is now lit up at night, so on any trip to see the Northern Lights, Finnkirka stands out as a shining light in the winter night. The details tend to disappear in the dark of winter, but this makes Finnkirka’s strong, simple shape stand out even more starkly.