Honningsvag (for North Cape), Norway

Honningsvag is your gateway to Norway's North Cape on Magerøya Island. This is the northernmost point in Europe, and the true land of the midnight sun. From mid-May to July, the full disc of the sun never dips below the horizon. In winter, the days barely lighten to a spectral gloom. To the north lies only the remote Svalbard Archipelago, Jan Mayan Island, and the polar ice cap. From the cliffs of North Cape, perched 1,000 feet above the Arctic Ocean, one stares into the arctic silence.

During the summer months, vast reindeer herds roam Magerøya Island's treeless, central plateau.

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Points of Interest

  • Nordkapp (North Cape)
  • Nordhapphallen (North Cape Hall)
  • Bird Watching (Stappen Island)
  • Gallery East of the Sun
  • Ice Bar
  • Mageroya Island
  • King crab safari

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  • Nordkapp (North Cape)

    This landscape of tundra, dwarf trees and small bogs was once the sacrificial cite of nomadic Sami people.

  • Nordhapphallen (North Cape Hall)

    Located atop the North Cape cliffs, this hall with panoramic views features a restaurant, theater, gift shop, chapel and post office which offers the coveted North Cape postmark on letters.

  • Bird Watching (Stappen Island)

    Boasting a stunning variety of sea birds such as Sea-eagles, Blacklegged kittiwakes, Puffins, and cormorants.

  • Gallery East of the Sun

    Located in the small fishing village of Kamøyvær on the island of Magerøya, Europe's northernmost gallery exhibits arts, handicrafts and books inspired by the island and its ever changing seasons.

  • Ice Bar

    Refreshingly unique, everything in this bar (walls, tables, chairs, even drinking glasses!) is made entirely from 123 metric tons of ice from the lakes of Lapland.

  • Mageroya Island

    Often referred to as the northernmost point of Europe, the island is home to a mesmerizing landscape, charming villages and the indigenous Sami who tend to the 4,000 to 5,000 resident reindeer.

  • King crab safari

    Only 259 Norwegian fishermen are allowed to drop crab pots into the Bering Sea to catch this native crustacean. Help haul in these magnificent sea creatures that can grow up to 22 pounds!

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Local Connections: Gallery East of the Sun & Ice Bar

2 hours | Honningsvag (for North Cape) | H V G - 2 5 0
  • Gallery East of the Sun
  • Ice Bar

Visit East of the Sun Gallery, where artist/owner Eva Schmutterer runs three small galleries filled with art, handicrafts and books inspired by the North Cape. Drop in at the Artico Ice Bar in Honningsvåg, where everything is made of ice and the atmosphere's a cool 23 degrees Fahrenheit.

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North Cape Hall & Cliffs

3.5 hours | Honningsvag (for North Cape) | H V G - 2 0 0
  • Nordkapp (North Cape)
  • Nordhapphallen (North Cape Hall)

Indulge in a leisurely, half-day non-guided excursion via motorcoach to the towering North Cape Cliffs offering stunning views of the Arctic Ocean. Visit North Cape Hall, atop the cliffs, to enjoy historical exhibits, a panoramic restaurant and a post office where envelopes may be stamped with the coveted North Cape postmark.

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Zodiac & King Crab Tour

1.75 hours | Honningsvag (for North Cape) | H V G - 5 1 5
  • King crab safari

Don a wetsuit and embark on a rigorous, guided king crab tour via high-speed inflatable raft to prime crabbing locations in Sarnesfjord. Capture photographs of fishermen pulling a pot from the icy depths, brimming with massive king crabs up to 25 pounds and 5 feet across.

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King Crab & Campfire

2.5 hours | Honningsvag (for North Cape) | H V G - 3 0 0
  • King crab safari

Filling and fun! Dig into a plate of steaming giant king crabs cooked in a traditional lavvo tent setting. The succulent crabs, with meat comparable to lobster, are prepared over an open fire and served with bread and butter. While you enjoy your meal, your hosts share information about this fascinating crustacean.

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Stappen Island Bird Safari

3.5 hours | Honningsvag (for North Cape) | H V G - 2 8 0
  • Bird Watching (Stappen Island)

Indulge your inner naturalist with this half-day, moderately active, guided to the fishing village of Gjesvær. Board a boat for a cruise to the Stappen Islands for an hour and a half viewing the stunning array of seabirds (including puffins, cormorants, razorbills, guillemots and Kittiwakes) that thrive there.

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Honningsvag ATV Safari

2 hours | Honningsvag (for North Cape) | H V G - 4 6 0
  • Mageroya Island

Grin from gear to gear as you take the wheel for an off-road adventure around Mageroya Island's rugged interior aboard a two-person ATV. Stop for photos, breathe in the fresh air and marvel at the otherworldly wonder of the midnight sun as you make your way up NATO Mountain.

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King Crab RIB Safari

3.5 hours | Honningsvag (for North Cape) | H V G - 5 0 0
  • King crab safari

Get a taste for fun and excitement aboard a raft in search of king crabs. Learn how this native Alaskan crustacean made its home here while soaking up the breathtaking beauty of Sarnesfjord. Help pull up the crab pots, then head for a Sami camp for a succulent crab feast.

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North Cape by Helicopter

1 hours | Honningsvag (for North Cape) | H V G - 8 0 0

Thrill to Norway's grandeur on a helicopter adventure that explores the dramatic beauty of the North Cape. Climb aboard and take flight over incredible scenery and iconic landscapes on an exciting 20-minute flight with lively commentary by the pilot. Marvel at bird's-eye view of Honningsvag, beautiful Tunes and the famous Gjesaerstappane, an island teeming with bird life.

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