The road out to Havøysund is fascinatingly varied and even though it is only a couple of hundred metres above sea level at
the highest point, you get the feeling of driving above the tree line. Parts of the road traverse a barren rocky landscape
with the Arctic Ocean on one side and rugged outcrops on the other. The landscape is stark and dramatic and there are few
signs other than the road to show that anyone has ventured here before. But in the middle of this apparently barren land you
can actually spot both sea eagles and reindeer. The drive offers a varied and thrilling experience that is without comparison
– with a picturesque, unique final stop. The little fishing village of Havøysund located at 71° north is literally the end
of the road. The village suddenly pops up, taking you by surprise. Strange to think that there is a viable community situated
at the spot where the northernmost point of the national tourist routes ends on the edge of the ocean. That is quite something.
For several hundred years people have defied wind and weather and clung to the outermost point of the coast of Finnmark, but
it was only at the end of the Second World War that Havøysund became an important fishing community. There was a large fishing
fleet consisting of everything from small fishing smacks to large trawlers, and fish landing stations and fish processing
plants were established there.
The ocean and fisheries have been the principal industry for people living in the North, and deep-sea fishing also attracts
many people to the area. This stretch is also perfect for those who want to cycle in an extraordinary landscape. The Havøysund
plateau is just as far north, but it gets far fewer visitors than the North Cape. Here on the edge of the Barents Sea you
can experience the midnight sun in summer and the northern lights in winter.