Gamvik is one of 19 municipalities in Finnmark County. It is located on the eastern part of the Nordkyn Peninsula, bordering on Berlevåg to the east, Lebesby to the west and Tana to the south.
The northernmost point of the European continent, Kinnarodden, is found in Gamvik. The municipality has approximately 1000 inhabitants, of whom about 700 live in the administrative centre Mehamn. The rest of the inhabitants live in the villages Gamvik and Skjånes, and a few people also live along the fjord Langfjorden.
Industry and commerce are based on the rich fisheries of the Barents Sea, and products are exported to large parts of the world. The airport in Mehamn provides an important link to the rest of the coutry, and the Coastal Steamer "Hurtigruten" calls at Mehamn twice a day.

CLIMATE
According to meterological definitions, the area around Gamvik has only winter, spring and autumn, as a summer month should have an average temperature above 10 C. The warmest month of the Gamvik area is August with an average temperature of 9,6 degrees C. Nonetheless, periods of warm and sunny weather do occur, and the Gulf Stream secures a milder climate than what is usually found at this latitude. Gamvik has midnight sun from the 17th of May to the 29th of July. The sun does not rise above the horizon between the 21st of November and the 22nd of January.
Strong winds are frequent. In January 2000, 21 days of wind force «strong breeze» or stronger were measured. The road «Nordkynveien R 888» from Bekkarfjord to Hopseidet was ploughed 237 days the same winter. The normal snow ploughing season runs between the 19th. of October to the 20th. of May.

GEOLOGY AND VEGETATION
Gamvik Municipality is dominated by alternating areas of metamorphic rock fyllite or metamorphic sandstone. Near the sea, the landscape is characterised by well developed moraines, some of them several kilometers long.
By first glance, vegetation looks poor. The lack of trees and large bushes, and the wide areas of so-called «stone deserts», makes for a very special impression. The flora, however, is in fact diverse. 350 different plant species have been registered on the Nordkyn Peninsula. Many of them are found at elevations between 1000 and 1500 meters above sea level in southern Norway, but at Nordkyn, they grow side by side with typical beach species. The higly toxic False Helleborine (Veratrum Album) is common. In Norway, this rarity is only found around the Tana fiord. Siberian chive and a range of berries (including the much coveted cloudberry) are common.


FAUNA
The Slettnes Nature Reserve is an important nesting ground for many bird species, and has proved to be an attractive area for migrants as well. About 100 species have been observed here. The most numerous and important group consists of waders. Many members of the gull family can be found nesting here, and Slettnes holds the 2nd. largest colony of Arctic skua in Norway. 31 different species of passeriform birds have been registered. Sea eagles and owls regularly patrol the reserve, whereas woodcocks and lapwings are among the rarer visitors. Of mammals, reindeer (domesticated), hare, ermine, fox, porpoise, seal and killer whale are the most common ashore and at sea. Rarer species include minke whale, walrus, mink, marten, wolverine, lynx, lemming and otter.