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Nordkapp

(North Cape) is a 307 m (1007 ft) high cliff rising above the Arctic Ocean, located in Finnmark county in Norway. It is the northernmost point in Europe reachable by car, and the northernmost place connected with the international road network. Some 200,000 tourists visit annually, during the two to three months of summer. The town Honningsvåg is 34 km south of Nordkapp, 30 minutes drive by car. Note that Nordkapp and the road leading to it are closed in winter.

Nordkapp is promoted as the northernmost point of Europe, this is however not true. The neighboring point

Knivskjellodden

is actually 1,457 m (4780 ft) further north.

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Honningsvag, Norway

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Nordkapp

(North Cape) is a 307 m (1007 ft) high cliff rising above the Arctic Ocean, located in Finnmark county in Norway. It is the northernmost point in Europe reachable by car, and the northernmost place connected with the international road network. Some 200,000 tourists visit annually, during the two to three months of summer. The town Honningsvåg is 34 km south of Nordkapp, 30 minutes drive by car. Note that Nordkapp and the road leading to it are closed in winter.

Nordkapp is promoted as the northernmost point of Europe, this is however not true. The neighboring point

Knivskjellodden

is actually 1,457 m (4780 ft) further north.

The midnight sun may be enjoyed 14 May–29 July, unless it is a cloudy night.

Nordkapp – The North Cape, the North Cape Horn has always been a well-known and important point of orientation for all boats and ships navigating the area. The rock has had a great variety of names and it was only in the mid 16th century that it was given the present name.

In 1553 an English commander, Richard Chancellor passed Nordkapp and named the cliff as Nordkapp, the North Cape. From that time, it has been called Nordkapp. At that time it wasn't exactly the center of interest. But only 100 years later, the first "tourist" was reported to have climbed up to the plateau. He was an Italian priest named Francesco Negri. It took him more than two years to go from Italy on foot, by boat, on horseback, on sleighs, and on skis. In 1664, finally having reached his destination, he noted in his travel log: "Here I am now on the North Cape, at the extreme tip of Finnmark, really at the end of the world"

In the 18th and 19th centuries, a journey to Nordkapp was still an adventure – and an expensive one at that. One needed an own ship, to rent one with crew or to arrange an expedition through hundreds of kilometers of wilderness. This is why there were quite a few high-ranking people among the first tourists: Prince Louise Phillippe of Orleans, Oscar the second, King of Norway and Sweden, King Chualalonkorn of Thailand. He got his name and date carved into a rock on the top of the plateau. This rock can be seen in the Panorama hall in front of the souvenir shop. And Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was here also.

In 1875, London Travel agent Thomas Cook organized the first group travel to Nordkapp for 24 participants. At that time traveling to Nordkapp was very different compared to how it is now. There was no road leading across the island to the plateau. Travelers were taken by rowing boat from Skarsvåg or Gjesvær to Hornvika, just below the north cape. From there they had to climb up the steep and rocky ravine, to reach the height of the plateau. The first modest wooden buildings started to appear to the plateau. One of those was a hut Stoppenbrink's Champagne Pavilion.


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Honningsvag, Norway: Port Information


Hurtigruten calls Honningsvåg. Several cruise ships visit Honningsvåg and Nordkapp every year.
In Honningsvag, your liner has some variants to dock. All the docks are not far from the town's main street. Although Honningsvag is small, it offers good facilities for cruise travelers. You can make shopping on the pier and in the town center. The center is within walking distance of the pier.
Taxis are available 150 m from the pier.

Get around Honningsvag, Norway


In Honningsvåg city center and in the North Cape area itself one can get around by foot. Practically all traffic from and to the North Cape goes through Honningsvåg, 34 km or half an hour to the south by car or bus.

The only way to get to the North Cape itself aside from hitchhiking or hiking (only for the most adventurous) is taking a taxi, or the local bus 330, which runs a few times per day in the summer and not at all in the winter.

Hurtigruten charters special buses going to North Cape. Tickets are bought onboard. The ship stays several hours in Honningsvåg so there is time for such a trip.

What to see in Honningsvag, Norway


  • Kirkeporten (Church gate) (A short walk from E69). A cliff with a hole trough, where the view towards Nordkapp can be enjoyed.
  • Nordkapphallen. 1 May-17 May: 11Am-3PM, 18May-31 Aug: 11 AM-1 AM. A big hall carved out in the plateau, where the view can be enjoyed.
  • Nordkappmuseet (In the harbor by Rica Honningsvåg Hotel), ☎ +47 78477200, e-mail: post@nordkappmuseet.no. 1 Jun-15 Aug: M-Sa: 10 AM-7 PM, Su: noon-7 PM, 16 Aug-31 May: M-F: noon-4 PM. Telling the aspects of fisheries and everyday life, in the far north.

What to do in Honningsvag, Norway


  • Birdsafari, Gjesvær (21 km (13 mi) from the junction at E69). See seabird like the puffin, and the bird's mountain.
  • Knivsjellodden (Starting point: At the parking space 7 km south of Nordkapp). Hike to Knivsjellodden. The track is marked with red T's. The distance is 8 km (5 mi), the hike takes an estimated two and a half hours, each way. Since the weather is unstable at this high latitude, you shall always leave a message where and when you left, in your car. For safety bring a GPS and mark a waypoint at the parking place.

What to eat and drink in Honningsvag, Norway


  • Corner Café, ☎ +47 78476340, fax: +47 78476349, e-mail: post@corner.no.​

Shopping in Honningsvag, Norway


  • Nordkapp Jul og Vinterhus, Skarsvåg, ☎ +47 78475289, fax: +47 78473648, e-mail: post@julehuset.no. Christmas decoration and the Nordkapp santa.

Safety in Honningsvag, Norway


The crime rate is low, and you are unlikely to experience any problems. However, you should always use your common sense and take usual precautions. 
Nature is the main danger for tourists in Norway, so you should always follow the warnings.

Language spoken in Honningsvag, Norway


 Norwegian and Sami are the official languages. English is widely spoken.

LOCAL TIME

9:26 pm
August 5, 2020
Europe/Oslo

CURRENT WEATHER

10 °C / 50 °F
broken clouds
Thu

13.45 °C/56 °F
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Fri

11.9 °C/53 °F
light rain
Sat

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Sun

11.79 °C/53 °F
moderate rain

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