Nestled along a bay in northern Norway and surrounded by gorgeous mountains and calm sea, Honningsvag is a picturesque fishing town known for its fresh seafood and 24-hour sunshine during the height of summer.
Honningsvag is also famous for being the gateway to the North Cape, Europe’s most northerly point. Only 34 kilometres away, thousands of tourists make the pilgrimage to North Cape each year to stand on the literal edge of Europe.
Honningsvag is also the biggest town on the island of Magerøya and is populated with friendly, upbeat locals who are sure to add an extra element of charm to your stop in this gorgeous part of the world.
Cruise ships dock right in the heart of town at the Honningsvag Port, the largest cruise port in northern Norway, which accommodates up to 100 cruise ships every summer. Depending on the size of the ship, passengers either dock at one of five piers within walking distance of the town or are tendered ashore.
The Honningsvag Port area has all the amenities and facilities cruise passengers need to make their arrival as comfortable and convenient as possible.
- Public toilets
- Shopping options
- Cafés, restaurants and bars
- Internet access
- Tourist information office.
The town of Honningsvag is best explored on foot. However, there are taxis, buses and car hire offices in town to help you explore more of the surrounding area.
How to Get Around
Honningsvag is rather small and offers limited sightseeing options for the incoming cruise passenger. However, there are still a couple of interesting sights in the town itself and these are best reached on foot.
Other attractions beyond the town are best reached by car or bus.
Travel times from Honningsvag Harbour:
- It is a 2 minute journey to the Artico Icebar
- It is a 3 minute journey to the Nordkapp Museum.
- It is a 30 minute drive to the North Cape.
- There are also daily buses (bus line 330) from Honningsvag to North Cape all year round. It is approximately a 45 minute journey by bus.
- Currency - The local currency in Honningsvag is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Coins come in 50 øre (1/2 krone), 1, 5, 10 and 20 kroner denominations. Notes come in 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kroner denominations.
- Time Zone - Honningsvag runs on Central European Time (CET). It is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The region switches to daylight savings from late March to late October.
- Weather - Even though Honningsvag is located at the northernmost tip of Europe, it still enjoys a subarctic climate, thanks in part to the Gulf Stream. Summers are cool and short, with an average temperature of around 10 degrees Celsius. In winter, temperatures usually hover around -5 degrees Celsius on average. Honningsvag sees the most rainfall between October and January, with an average of 85mm of precipitation per month.
- North Cape - Only 2,000 kilometres south of the North Pole and perched on a cliff face 307 metres above the Barents Sea, North Cape is Europe’s most northerly point and easily Scandinavia’s most popular travel destination; over a quarter of a million intrepid travellers make the trip out here each year. Visitors to North Cape cannot only revel in the idea of standing on the very edge of Europe, but they can also take in breathtaking views of this remote part of the world. The best way to reach North Cape is by car or bus.
- Artico Icebar - Get a taste of the real Norwegian winter inside the Artico Icebar. This modern bar is fashioned out of new artic ice each year – with all its character and imperfections. With genuine arctic ice on display and a great selection of drinks behind the bar, a visit to the Artico Icebar is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Opening hours are from 10 or 11am every day from April to October.
- Nordkapp Museum - Learn all about Honningsvag’s local history and the fascinating customs and practices of the people who call this part of the world home at the Nordkapp Museum, just a short walk from the harbour. Visitors to the museum can learn how the locals rebuilt their town after it was completely leveled during WWII, and they can also peruse a collection of Norwegian artifacts and memorabilia, including a small sailboat. Opening hours are from 11am to 3pm from Monday to Saturday (mid-August to May) or from 10am to 7pm every day (June to mid-August).