The sun did not set
In winter days of darkness
In the Arctic Circle
If you arrive in on Queen Mary2 the ship is there for the whole day so you have time to do 2 tours or choose to look around the town.There was a very well stocked souvenir shop ....a bit crowded when we arrived with all QM2 passengers. I actually preferred The Christmas House but that is a bit further out.The Ice Bar was just in front of us but we...more
During the winter months when all is dark and the villages may actually be isolated even from each other one very enterprising artistic lady creates her very special artwork.What does she do? Well she collects glossy magazines and using the coloured shiny pages she creates beautiful pictures...have a look at the photo to see what I mean...all...more
Skarsvag is the most northerly fishing village in Norway and I think in the world. For 3 months of the year it is in total darkness...so choose your time to visit. Sometimes in winter you cannot even visit a nearby village so this is what isolation is all about.But what excitement to be in the most northerly fishing village...and charming it it...more
Honningsvag itself is a place I had absolutely no time to explore within the few minutes that I had left over betweeen the excursion to the Northcape and the departure of my Hurtigrutenship.When coming to Honningsvag by Hurtigrute your time will always be too short: 3,5 hours when the ships are going north and that time is just enough for the...more
I expect my comments will only apply in winter (a February visit) when the hotel was very quiet. The...more
Kamoyvaer, Honningsvag, Finnmark, 9750, Norway
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Skipsfjorden, Honningsvag, Finnmark, 9750, Norway
Good for: Couples
A walk form the Hurtigruten to the Rica Bryggen Hotell, the sky get darks again, the sun light in the sky for only 45 minutes in winter. The vire from the hotel to the Honningsvag town.
Favorite Dish: Here is the picking up point for Nordkapp tourist. I was the only one and the first one to visit Nordkapp in that winter of 2000.
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...more
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...more
Well it is Christmas all year round here where the reindeers graze on the treeless slopes just waiting for Father Christmas to come with his sleigh....but beware in the very heart of winter it is completely dark for 3 months so you will need a torch!
And just waiting for you except in the dark months is The Christmas House.
What to buy: You can by local handcrafts...decorations for Christmas...just look at the array in the photo.
And you must buy some coffee and Christmas cake to eat in the cosy cafe.....not your ordinary Christmas cake but a special Norwegian variety
What to pay: Whatever you want...credit card or Norwegian Kroner...they will take euro but change comes in Kroner
Experience Christmas at Norkapp in life. The Choir group was having rehearshal in the middle of the street just right in front of the central church..
If you are in honningsvag on Saturday or Sunday (I stayed Saturday night) you will find the tourist information and local museum shut. Out of season your choise of restaurant and bars seems to be limited to the microbwerery next to the post office (although the pizza was fine and the beer excellent) a couple of local 7-11 style shops and a...more
I Have two warnings:1. You can't trust the weather in any season, It's just luck if you pick a day when the sun shines! 2. Expensive Road fee!There is no sign that indicates that you have to pay from Alta to Norkap. I can live with that but the amount is very high! You have to pay min 200 NOK one way through the tunnel and when you reach the Norkap...more
15 Reviews and Opinions
I guess when visitors arrive in Honningsvåg, Norway most will opt for a ship's tour. Yes there is a small airport and those that arrive by air would be very adventurous people and make their own way even maybe to Knivskjellodden so this tip is not for them.
We did not choose to go to NordKapp because I had read about it somewhere on VT. And from what I heard from those who chose this option was that it was very misty and they did not see anything except a video.
I also read NordKapp is not the actual very most northerly spot anyway...just the most accessible.
The northernmost point in Europe is said to be Knivskjellodden and not North Cape. It's 1500 meters more north than NordKapp.
Unique Suggestions: Well if you really want to go who am I to say "NO" but do book a second tour so you really see something...just be aware though that our day was cut short as the weather 'turned' making it a bit dangerous to go back to the ship by tender.
According to the climate chart it rains 24 to 31 days each month; the driest are February (25) and July (24 days).
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: -1 – 4°C ( 30 - 39°F ); min: -2 - 3°C ( 28 - 38°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 8 – 13°C ( 47 - 55°F ); min: 6 - 9°C ( 43 - 49°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 0 – 8°C ( 32 - 47°F); min: -1 - 7°C ( 30 – 45°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: -2 – -1°C ( 28 - 30°F); min: -5 - -3°C ( 23 - 27°F )
Following a trip to northcape the previous day, I spent a happy couple of hours the folowing morning (the bus back to Alta didnt leave until 15:00) strolling around Honningsvag. The jetty at the harbour entrance affords some good views across the town and if you walk to the eastern end of the town there is a good spot to stop and sit just after the...more