To understand how people can survive at Nordkyn, one must turn to the sea. It was the riches of the ocean that tempted people to settle here as the ice melted away 10.000 years ago. The same riches lead to the establishment of villages in the Middle Ages, and merchants were attracted from near and far. It is the same riches that still make communities thrive by these windswept coasts.
Dramatic incidents have taken place throughout history. Witches were burnt in the 17th century, the whaling station was destroyed by angry fishermen in 1903, and the whole population underwent extreme ordeals as the German army burnt every house and every boat towards the end of The Second World War.
At Gamvik Museum, you can get to know more about this history. But you can also see how a fishery was run in the post-war period, or learn more about the local fauna. Occasionally, one can enjoy a coffe and home- made waffles in the “Bøkkerbua Kafé”, with the Barents Sea literally under one’s feet. The museum also houses a small shop, where one can find local handicraft and literature. The Museum is located in and old fishery, and the unique surroundings contribute to making a visit here a memorable experience.