Drive all the way to Northcape in your car
Drive all the way to Northcape in my motorhome that was my intention in August 2009 but my motorhome had a problem with the engine in Trondheim, so I had to give that up.
My conclusions after driving ca. 6000km through Norway:
You need a lot of time and patience in order to really enjoy the norwegian landacape that way. The roads are quite narrow and not always in perfect condition, your average speed will be between 60 and 80km/h, petrol&Diesel are more expensive than in the rest of Europe, restaurants with a good service are quite pricey and they are hard to find and self-service restaurants will have mostly just sausages and french fries, that gets quite boring already after a few days.
You will find lots of parking-spaces along the way, many of them with grilling-facilities, free of charge, that was great, but "wild" overnight-camping at these place in your motorhome is mostly forbidden.
Then they have this stupid automatic toll-system for cars : your licenceplate will be scanned while passing by and as a tourist you have 3 possibilities to pay:
1)register online in an internetcafe with your creditcard and licenceplate-number
Thats a dangerous way in my opinion and lots of people keep saying: Never give your CC-details in an internetcafe ! - so I gave up this idea !
2)pay at some gas-station in the area, it will be Shell in the area around Oslo and BP maybe around Tronheim etc. , BUT when paying there YOU have to know the amount you owe them, then you pay in that money, thats all. So have your calculator handy and calculate each time that you pass one of the many toll-plazas, some with an amount of 20 NOK , some with 65 NOK etc.
3)an invoice will be sent to your homeadress and that might take between 2 weeks and 6 months and maybe they will send the invoice not at all, like in my case.
BUT of course you never know, maybe they send around an invoice for my use of toll-roads to a wrong adress and there might be high extra-fees for me some day. It leaves a very bad feeling for me, and that is why I call this system STUPID !
WHY cant you have a system of a prepaid sticker according to a tourist's drivingtime through Norway, afterall the amount I owe them is not much more than maybe 25 euros on the total.
June and July is a good time to drive through Norway !
August & September are too late for many museums
and its also getting dark quite early already !
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Go to Honnigsvag by Hurtigruten
Take a Hurtigruten-ship from Bergen or from Kirkenes and in both tours, northbound and southbound you will get to Honnigsvag. Hurtigruten is the name of the famous post-ships cruising every day of the year along the norwegian coast on a fixed schedule between Bergen and Kirkenes.
The Hurtigruten are NOT a real cruise and in most ports you will stay for just about 30-60 minutes in the port, but here in Honnigsvag Hurtigruten-ships stay in port for a longer time, see the details below! The ship will open the gangway for passengers to go ashore and they will also start to unload and load all sorts of goods, cars, different articles from small boxes to giant machineries. In case that you like to see more of the places closeby, you have to book one of their excursions and join the ship again at the next port.
Cars can be taken onboard of a Hurtigruten-ship, when they are not higher than 2,5 meters and not wider than 2,45 meters.
Northbound the Hurtigruten-ship is docked in Honnigsvag:
for 3,5 hours from 11.45am till 03.15pm
and Southbound the ship only stops for a few minutes at 06.15am
in order to let the passengers leave for the excursion
"Breakfast at the Northcape" - they will board again in Hammerfest
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The Nordkapp is on an island
When I visited the Nordkapp the island could only be reached by boat but I heard that - like other heavily visited islands as for example England it can be reached now through an expensive tunnel under the Sea as well.
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Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer
A convenient and scenic way to get to Honningsvåg is to take the Hurtigruten coastal steamer. Coastal steamers sail daily from Bergen to Kirkenes and vice-versa, making numerous stops along the way, including Honningsvåg. Northbound steamers arrive daily at 11:45 AM, departing again at 3:15 PM. Southbound steamers arrive in Honningsvåg at 6:15AM, departing shortly thereafter for Bergen.
Accommodation in this remote area can be quite difficult, especially during the summer, which is why many visit the area as a stopover on the coastal steamer. If you take the "half-round trip" from Bergen or Kirkenes, your steamer will call in Honningsvåg. Arrangements to take this popular trip can be made on board the steamer; cost is approximately NOK 600 per person.
Northbound coastal steamers depart Bergen for Kirkenes daily at 8:00PM April 15-September 14, 10:00PM September 15 - April 14. Southbound steamers depart Kirkenes daily at 12:45PM. The northbound journey takes 6 days, while the southbound journey takes 5 days. You can book a 13-day round-trip cruise from either Bergen or Kirkenes if you wish (though I wouldn't); details are on the website.
To visit Honningsvåg for a longer time, you can take a "port-to-port" trip. The website has a list of up-to-date fares and cabin options. Online booking is possible, but for those living outside Scandinavia, your best bet is to email Hurtigruten directly if you want a cabin. Book well in advance if you're traveling in June or July. Be sure to check the website for the latest specials.
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Honningsvåg Valan Airport
Honningsvåg Airport (Code: HVG), offers travelers a quicker way to get to this gateway to the North Cape. A 10-minute drive from the village center, the airport has a coffee shop, free parking, and even a rental car facility. No bus service is available.
Widerøe stops here 4 times daily on its shuttle route between Tromsø and Kirkenes (2 in each direction). To get to Honningsvåg directly from Oslo, consider flying to the larger airport at Alta (Code: ALF) and renting a car (or taking the bus).
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A tunnel link the North-Cape-Island with the continent. It is 6870 meters in length and lead over 200 meters in depth. On the other side is a toll station. We were charged by 185 NOK (€ 22.00). Be sure to be charged twice, when entering and when leaving the island!
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