Searching in 1553 for a northeast passage to India, British navigator Richard Chancellor came upon a crag 307 yards above the Barents Sea. He named the jut of rock North Cape, or Nordkapp. Today Europe's northernmost point is a rite-of-passage journey for nearly all Scandinavians and many others. Most cruise passengers visit Nordkapp from Honningsvåg, a fishing village on Magerøya Island. View more
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Experience the breath-taking beauty of Norway during this scenic excursion to the North Cape Plateau, and a visit to the North Cape Hall.
North Cape Plateau
Depart the pier in Honningsvåg for the approximate one-hour drive across the tundra to the North Cape Plateau, a steep rock with a massive wall climbing more than 1,000 feet (308 metres) above sea level. Be on the lookout for local reindeers that may be roaming in the fields.
North Cape Hall
The North Cape Hall is one of the main attractions in Norway. North Cape Hall features a glass-enclosed viewpoint overlooking the Barents Sea, hundreds of feet below. In addition, there are shopping facilities, a post office, chapel, bar, cafés and restaurants, and a wide-screen cinema where the spectacular 14-minute long film takes you on a journey of a landscape filled with contrasts, light and nature.
During your approximate 1.5-hour visit to the North Cape Plateau enjoy this time to set off to sightsee the North Cape Hall on your own. You can explore, take photographs, shop for souvenirs and perhaps write postcards. Afterward, receive a North Cape certificate commemorating your visit.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with gravel surfaces on the North Cape Plateau and a few steps to negotiate. It is recommended for guest with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair however guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance. Warm, comfortable clothing in layers is recommended. Local vehicles are utilised. Sightings of wildlife can not be guaranteed.
Experience the Northern Norway pristine natural beauty and abundant bird-life during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion to the Stappan Islands.
Scenic Drive to Gjesvær
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 45-minute drive to Gjesvær, which is situated approximately 23 miles (about 37 kilometres) to the west of Honningsvåg. En route, pass by fish industry factories, hotels and airstrips before ascending the plateau. The island is treeless, but abounds with diverse plant-life. During the summer months, between 4,000-5,000 reindeer graze here, and some may be spotted during your visit.
Stappan Islands Bird-Watching
Gjesvær is a sheltered harbour, with some 100 large-and-small offshore islands. Upon arrival, embark a boat for the 9.3-mile (15-kilometre) ride out towards the Stappan Islands, situated west of the North Cape cliff. Here, view bird-life that includes black-legged kittiwakes, puffins, razorbills, common guillemots, great cormorants, European shags, northern gannets, and even sea eagles. At the conclusion of your tour of the Stappan Islands, ride back to the village of Gjesvær. After disembarking the boat, re-board your coach and commence the approximate 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 400 yards (about 366 metres) on gravel surfaces, with steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, embark/disembark the boat and inside the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must be at least three years old to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to favourable weather and sea conditions; the captain reserves the right to cancel, change or shorten this tour on short notice. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.It can not be guaranteed that all above mentioned bird species are seen.
Embrace the exquisite both the beauty and flavours of the Sarnesfjord while catching King Crab and dining on the fruits of your labour during this tour.
Deep See Rafting & Crab Pots
After a brief stroll along the pier, meet your driver/guide, and receive safety instructions and be fitted for an all-in-one warm waterproof outfit and flotation wet suit. Next, embark your deep-sea motorised zodiac and set off towards the Sarnesfjord to inspect a string of crab-pots. The catch in the pots is likely to be between 6 and 14 pounds (14-30 kilograms). As the pot is brought up, see the king crabs and take photos before returning to shore for a king crab meal.
King Crab Meal
Lunch is presented in a traditional lavvo. A lavvo is a Sami tent with an open fire in the middle; guests sit on the ground around the fire on reindeer skins. In this tent, the crabs are prepared, cooked, and served with bread and butter and mineral water or coffee.
After dining, commence in the Zodiac and ride back to the pier, return your equipment, change into dry clothing and walk back the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity, both on-foot and aboard sea rafts. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. It is not suitable for guests who are pregnant, have heart diseases, back problems, allergic to shellfish, guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair, Minimum participant age is 12 years. Waterproof, flotation wet suits are provided and it is recommended to wear warm comfortable clothing with flat shoes. Operation of this tour is subject to favourable weather and sea conditions. Participation is extremely limited; we strongly recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. In case of adverse weather conditions, the tour may be cancelled at short notice.
Explore the panoramic North Cape and its surrounds in an exciting new way during this exhilarating helicopter flight-seeing excursion.
Honningsvåg, North Cape Plateau and Globe
Depart the pier for a walk to the helicopter close by (approx. 165 yards/150 meter) or a short drive to helipad at the Honningsvåg Airport. After receiving your safety and flight instructions, board your helicopter. After lift-off, your scenic and exhilarating, approximately 20-minutes
Knivskjelodden, Tufjord, Gjesværstappane, Honningsvåg City, and Kjelvik
Next, continue over Knivskjelodden, the northernmost point in Europe, and beautiful Tunes. From here, fly across Tufjord. See the famous Gjesværstappane, a natural pearl in the middle of the ocean and rich with bird-life, then fly over Honningsvåg City and Kjelvik whilst learning about the history of the area. At the conclusion of your helicopter flight-seeing tour, return to the starting point/ airport, and walk back to the pier (if airport: re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier).
Please note: This tour involves approx. 330 yards/300 meter of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get board/de-board the helicopter. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility but is not wheelchair-accessible, nor recommended for guests prone to motion sickness, guests prone to airsickness and guests who are unable to board without assistance. Warm, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be at least three years old to participate on this tour. Guests must weigh less than 260 pounds (about 118 kilograms) to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions, as are visibility, views and the route chosen. Flights may be cancelled on short notice if prevailing weather conditions are deemed to be unsafe. Expect waiting times, either before-or-after your flight, in the event of many flights in a row. The pilot decides the seating arrangements; please note that not all guests are seated next to a window, but all participants enjoy a good view nonetheless. View of the North Cape is not guaranteed, it will depend on the weather conditions.The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Total flying time is approximately 20 minutes.