Welcome to the Honningsvag cruise port guide. Honningsvag is a small town of 2600 inhabitants in one of the remotest corners in the world. It lies 71 degrees north on the island of Magerøya. Magerøya means “barren island” and this is exactly what it is. When you are in Honningsvag you are in the most northern part of Finnmark in the famous Lapland region. Be amazed by the landscapes you are going to encounter here. This is the land of barren coastlines with icy cold winters, the midnight sun and northern lights. Imagine you would live here in the winter time in such a small inaccessible place with a small community surrounding you. It would only be a blessing when summer time comes and even then most visitors consider the summer conditions below acceptable. You don’t choose to go to Honningsvag to enjoy the good weather. You go because you want to experience this environment. See how the Sami people live, what the wind and ice can do to a landscape and more importantly: you want to stand at the egde of the world. The North Cape is just a short ride away from the cruise port of Honningsvag and it is something you simply have to check off your travel resume. Check out our Honningsvag cruise port guide underneath for all the information on docking location and transportation options!
Travel information Norway
Official currency – Norwegian krone
Accepts Euro / US dollars – sometimes in souvenir shops
Creditcards – are widely accepted
Drives on the – right
Timezone – UTC +1
Inhabitants – 5,1 million
Official language – Norwegian and Sami
Capital city – Oslo
Kingdom of Norway
Government – Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Good day – God dag
How are you? – Hvordan har du det?
Thank you – Takk
Cruise ship – Cruiseskip
Port – Havn
Cruise Port Guide Honningsvåg – Norway: docked
In Honningsvag your cruise ship has several options to dock. All cruise docks are just a few minutes walk from the main street of Honningsvag. Although Honningsvag is a small town it still has rather good facilities for cruise passengers. Everything in town, when it comes to tourism, is basicaly arranged through the tourist information. They are the spider in the web when it comes to transportation, tours, hikes etc. You’ll find them on the parking lot in front of the cruise docks (see map).
Since Honningsvag is in such a remote area of the world transportation options are limited. Please find your options underneath:
Public bus system
Public transport is now under control of the Tourist Information. Bus 330 used to be the public bus going to the North Cape. These tickets are now sold through the tourist information. Walk into their office on the main parking lot to check the times and buy your tickets. You can also pre-book your tickets from the cruise dock to the North Cape through the following link: http://www.nordkapp.no/en/travel.
Taxis are generally only available in the morning. Find them in front of the dock on the main parking lot. They are willing to show you around or just to bring you to the North Cape. Negotiate a price before hand. Please know 1600 NOK is a suitable price to pay per taxi (max. 4 persons) round trip. Please know that taxis are very limited in Honningsvag.
There are a few car rentals in Honningsvag. Why not rent a car yourself and drive all over the island. It is a rather small island with a couple of roads. The only thing you need to do when driving on Mageroya is avoid the reindeer. You’ll find the Hertz and Avis car rental near the tourist information on the main parking lot. Since vehicles are limited we do recommend to book ahead of time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for example.
Distance from cruise port
Honningsvag centre – 300 meter walk
Honningsvag church – 900 meter walk
Gallery of the Sun – 11 km to the north
North Cape – 33 km to the north
FAQ about Honningsvag
– How far is the city centre?
The city centre of Honningsvag is just a few hundred meter walk from the cruise dock.
– Is the North Cape really worth visiting?
Yes and no. The North cape is one of those places that is definitely not as spectacular as people imagine it to be. However being so close you want to tick it off your travel resume.
– Are the ships shore excursions the same as what they offer on shore?
Yes, they are. There is only a hand full of tour operators and so its basicly all the same. If you are looking to buy a tour, buy it through your cruise line or directly from the local tour operator/tourist information while you are still at home. Please know tours are limited and therefore making independent arrangements is recommended to arrange before you leave on your cruise. To book yourself online: http://www.nordkapp.no/en/booking or cruisecrocodile.com/shore-excursions/
There are many ice bars in Scandinavia. One of them is in Honningsvag near the cruise dock. Inside the ice bar everything is completely made of ice; the bar, the seats and even the glasses that you get to keep as a souvenir. Have a nice cold drink inside and get your souvenir pictures! Find the ice bar’s exact location in the map above. Ticket price is 139 NOK per adult. Openings hours are generally from 10 am – 7 pm although they generally adjust their opening hours to the cruise schedule.
Cruise ships come and go during the summer time. Generally they sail around the North Cape. It truly is an impressive sight to see this famous cliff from the sea. It usually takes about 4 hours to sail from Honningsvag to the North Cape. Cross your fingers your captain will sail close and hang around there before you make your way to the next port of call. Even if that isnt the case, cruising these waters is always impressive due to the dramatic coastline and barren landscape.
This 19th century neo Gothic style church has a very special place in the heart of the locals. It was the only building in town that was not destroyed during WWII when the German troops set the entire town on fire. Discussions where held to rebuild the town of Honningsvag on the mainland. The locals simply refused. They made the church their home until the entire town was restored. From cruise port the church it is about a 900 meter walk to the east.
For people who are looking for a unique souvenir: anything that comes from Gallery East of the Sun is something special. Artist Eva Schmutterer makes these very unusual pieces of art inspired by the 4 seasons of Northern Norway. Her work is not just for sell as her galley that you can visit, you will also find it at the souvenir shops in town. Visit this site to get acquainted with her work: www.evart.no/ The actual gallery you will find 11 km / 15 min drive to the north in Kamøyvær.
On your way to the North Cape you can visit a Sami camp. The Sami are the indigenous people of Lapland. The Sami still have their tradition way of life here. Don’t expect they walk around like this all day long, but it does make a nice souvenir picture.
The north cape is traditionally the most Northern point of mainland Europe. It lies 71 degrees north of the equator. It is a cliff of 307 meter that stands tall overlooking the Arctic sea. From port it is 33 km / 45 min drive to the north. At the visitors center you will find several facilities like: cafes, restaurants, a cinema, several small museums and the most northern post office. Admission fee is 260 NOK for an adult. The North Cape opens at 11.00 am. Closing hours vary during the season.
This is the main Honningsvag cruise dock. For the full information about this dock we recommend you to visit the full Honningsvag cruise port guide.
Puffins are found at the Gjesværstappan Nesting Cliffs. Gjesværstappan is the MUST visit for bird watchers. The spot is hard to reach by public transport and therefore your best options is to go with a tour. See if you ship offers this excursion or book it online through the tourist information.