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!
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.
north cape, mageroya, Norway
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ice bar, honningsvag
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.