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The Finnkirka is a beautiful
churchlike sea cliff on the Arctic Ocean

Churchlike sea cliff

Finnkirka cliff The Finnkirka on the Nordkyn peninsula is among the most beautiful sea cliffs in the world formed as a church. The 55 metre high cliff welcomes you at the entrance to Kjollefjord from the Arctic Ocean. The word "Finn-" is an archaic term for Sami or Lapp.

The cliff stands like a cathedral and used to be an ancient Sami sacrificial site. Fishermen returning home from fishing often sacrificed things here.

Lebesby municipality coat of armsThe cliff is naturally the theme of the Lebesby municipality coat of arms. The cliff also was a landmark for ships and boats approaching land. This sea cliff has even awakened the Sami identity of the area. (Photo: Olav E. Johansen)

In 2010 different cooperating parties have financed a flood lighting artistic arrangement for the cliff church, including 29 strong floodlights. The arrangement was designed by artist Knut Hermansen.

The Norwegian Coastal Express is one of the main participants in this. During the dark season the cliff will be floodlit twice a day when the coastal express ships pass the cliff. In this way they hope to make the cliff church known to the world.

At the municipality web site you can see the cliff in beautiful floodlighting.

This map shows you where Kjollefjord and the Finnkirka is situated.

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