Travelling to Nordkapp midwinter
Hi I think the best way, if not the only way, is by travelling on the Hirtigruten coastal voyager boat. I did it in Feb a few years ago and got on at Harstad and they stop long enough on their northward route to make excursions available to Nordkapp - they have to have a snow plough organised to go ahead for their bus for the road from the port - Jan will have even shorter daylight hours than when i was there with a lovely sunset at about 215 and then it was dark as we got back to port about 3. I bought my tickets for the Hirtigruten either over the phone or booked and then paid when I got on the boat as that was a lot cheaper than their prices quoted by their Uk agency and it was not really very expensive but is absolutely beautiful - when I got on the boat I was told the previous weeks would have been even cheaper and included meals as a special offer so she at least gave me a free breakfast or something - tremendous trip. You could fly to or somehow get to Tromso and get on it there - their website shows all their stops and ports and their Norwegian phone number is also good for contact.
I have a few pics in my Nordkapp page here on VT if youd like to have a look.
I would love to do it again but starting from lower south such as Bergen.
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How to get to Nordkapp from Honningsvag
In case that you arrive in Honningsvag by Hurtigruten or any other ship I can only highly recommend to book the tours of your cruiseship, although those are the most expensive tours that you can think of. You simply will not have enough time there to organize anything there in port on your own, taxis are also not a good solution, because they also are charged high fees for the road and the car-parking at the Northcape and taxidrivers are also not as flexible as in other parts of the world.
The buses took us first to a place, where a Sami-family had their tent and their souvenirshop and it seemed to me that they are living exclusively from the tourism, it was interesting to see that anyway. We had a stop there of 30 minutes and then we drove on to the Northcape, where we spent about 2 hours on the total, that was not really sufficient in order to see everything there.
The simple drivingtime from Honningsvag to the Northcape is about 25 minutes one way.
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Hurtigruten-ships will take you to Nordkapp
Take a Hurtigruten-ship from Bergen or from Kirkenes and in both cruises, northbound and southbound you will get to Honnigsvag, from where the bustours to the Nordkapp will start. 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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Drive in your own car to the Northcape
I had the idea to drive all the way from Vienna to Nordkapp and even to Kirkenes in my motorhome in August 2009 but then I unfortunately had a problem with the engine in Trondheim, so I had to give these travel-plans up.
My conclusions after driving a motorhome 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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The fastest and best way to get to Nordkapp is to take the local airline, Wideroe, to Honningsvag. There will be buses from there but I do recommend that you rent a car. The airline is great but it will take you a while to reach your destination. If you are in Oslo, per example, give it a full day to get up there. These planes land and redepart every 15 minutes. They are like localbuses, dropping and picking up lcoals everywhere,at every remote location. Nice planes and safe. Amicable staff.
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Getting to the island
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!
Driving to the North cape Plateau
It takes about 30min from Honningsvåg to the North Cape Plateau. The road is 33km long, very curving and often steep but you will be rewarded by great views on scenery and wildlife. A few hundred meters before the Northcape is another toll station. Here we were charged by 200 NOK (25 €).
Getting to the North Cape
To get there you can get a bus. It runs once or twice a day during the summer.
The Hurtigruten (the famous costal stemer) stops at Honingsvag, on the ship you can get a organized trip to the north Cape.
We wen't there by car, this is probably the easyest way.
The road up to the Cape is very good, even if it's a bit narrow. Driving there in a car i found the slow coaches and Motorhomes a nuisence to overtake.... ;-)
Generaly driving in Lappland wach out for Reindeers on the roads!!
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