Best of Honningsvåg

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Honningsvåg
It doesn't get much more Arctic than Honningsvåg, the northernmost city in Norway and home to fewer than 3,000 residents. The main draw here is the North Cape, a cliff roughly 1,000 feet tall (305 m) and almost the northernmost point on the European continent. Tourists have been flocking to it for hundreds of years to take in the view of the Barents Sea extending up to the North Pole, and in summer, to spot the midnight sun on the horizon. You can also keep watch for a different kind of attraction on a bird safari to Gjeværstappan, home to the largest seabird colony in Norway, including cormorants, white-tailed eagles, arctic skua, puffins, and more.

Previous kimkim travelers have headed to the natural rock feature of Kirkeporten, a holy site for the Sami people. On clear days, you can spot the North Cape through the hole in the rock. Or take a different perspective on the Cape from Knivskjellodden, the actual northernmost point in Europe, sneaking in at 4,757 feet further north (1,450 m); the demanding hike keeps most of the crowds away.
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Early snowcapped views of the Altafjord
Map of Autumn Road Trip in Norway's Arctic - 7 Days
Autumn Road Trip in Norway's Arctic - 7 Days

This relaxed road trip explores an area of Norway's Arctic rarely visited by tourists. Start in fjord-side Alta and drive inland to experience indigenous culture while staying in a cozy wilderness lodge. You'll then make your way towards the northernmost tip of the continent for hiking trails, colorful villages, and breathtaking views. Spend each night looking for early glimpses of the Northern Lights—they usually start in October.

The Barents Sea off Norway's north coast
Map of Northern Norway Winter Adventure - 13 Days
Northern Norway Winter Adventure - 13 Days

This exciting 13-day adventure—between late February to early April—takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory for unique winter-themed activities and few crowds. After a few days in Oslo, it's time to fly to Tromsø, 'Gateway to the Arctic', where you'll experience local culture and a farm in the wilderness. Then, drive to Alta, Karasjok, and the North Cape for UNESCO-listed rock art, Sami culture, dog sledding, and hiking around Europe's northernmost point before circling back along the stunning coast.

The Barents Sea off Norway's north coast
Map of Northern Norway Winter Adventure - 14 Days
Northern Norway Winter Adventure - 14 Days

This exciting two-week road trip from late February to early April takes you deep into Norway's boreal territory for unique winter-themed activities and few crowds. Your self-drive tour begins from Tromsø, 'Gateway to the Arctic', where you can ride a cable car, meet reindeer, and chase the Northern Lights after dark. Continue to Alta for some of the oldest rock art in existence today (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a 3-day dogsledding tour. From here, drive to Karasjok and Europe's northernmost point where you can hike along the stunning North Cape before flying to Oslo for one more night on the town.

Northern Lights in Senja, Norway's 2nd largest island
Map of Autumn in Northern Norway - 11 Days
Autumn in Northern Norway - 11 Days

Skip the summer crowds with this autumn-themed itinerary in Norway's far north. The adventure begins in Tromsø—'Gateway to the Arctic'—with time to explore the city and a nearby farm. From here, you'll ferry to Senja island and then cruise to the northernmost point of Europe. Continue by bus to Alta for UNESCO-listed rock carvings before returning to Tromsø. Activities depend on the snow (or lack thereof), and each night presents another opportunity to spot the Northern Lights.

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