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The Finnmark Plateau is Norway's largest, covering more than 22,000 square kilometers. It's 330 km from Alta in the west to the Varanger peninsula in the east, and just as long from north to south. Scrub and marshes are everywhere, and there are challenges for those who seek the great wilderness. Off the coast there are four large islands: Stjernøya, Seiland, Sørøya and Magerøya with the North Cape. The mountains, glaciers and lakes offer varied choices of hikes.
Despite being at high latitude, the plateau is luxuriant with flowers and plants. The old mountain hostels on the plateau are distinctive and worth visiting. They originally were built along old thoroughfares to provide shelter for officials and other travellers. Today, the visitors are mostly local people, usually in spring on snowmobiles. Occasionally skiers and hikers stay at the hostels, but many trekkers on the Finnmark plateau take tents to fully experience the wilderness.
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