The nice thing about the KLR is that you can ride it just about anywhere. For example, up steep embankments around closed ticket kiosks and down the other side into the car park.
The nice thing about closed tourist attractions is that you don’t have to pay to get in 😉 It also means you can get away with things you couldn’t normally do when they’re open – like park right in front of the visitor centre and take a photo. (See photo!).
As the sign says, the latitude of this location is 71°10’21” North. They’re just numbers, the same as any other parallel, but the significance here is that this is the most northerly point in Europe. (That you can drive to. Technically you could climb down the cliff to the beach/sea).
In the previous photo the bike is parked next to the original monument, laid on July 2nd 1837 by King Oscar II. There’s an inscription on the monument which reads:
“Not as a transitory adornment, but as a solemn sign that the kingdom of Norway reaches hither, therefore I have erected this monument at the outermost point of the North”.