This tour will be operated in English only. This independent sightseeing tour allows you to explore the North Cape on the island of Mageroy, which literally translates as ‘Meagre Island'. Begin with a drive through the wild, desolate terrain to the North Cape Plateau, taking in the Arctic flora and fauna and perhaps seeing some of the many reindeer grazing here. At the North Cape you can explore at leisure and visit the cafeteria, souvenir shops, post office and small Ecumenical Chapel. Or gaze across the ocean from the famous globe monument on the cliff's edge or enjoy a short film in the cinema showing the landscape change through the seasons.
This tour will be operated in English only.
Honningsvag is the capital of Norway's stunning North Cape and home to 3,000 of the 4,000 people living on the island of Mageroy. The town was under German occupation during World War II, and was partly destroyed by fire during their retreat. As a result, many of the houses are built in an identical style - part of a post-war reconstruction project. From here you can travel to the northernmost tip of Norway, a starkly beautiful point from where you can travel no further.
The northernmost point of Europe is situated on the island of Mageroy at a height of 310 meters and with an impressive panorama of the surrounding sea. Here the North Atlantic Ocean mingles with the Arctic Ocean and crashes on the first piece of European shore. Travel through wild, desolate terrain and experience one of the few places on mainland Europe where the landscape and flora reveal an arctic character. In good weather, a thrilling spectacle of towering cliffs can be seen: contrasts of light and shade reveal a stark, primitive quality far removed from the everyday world. Refreshments and souvenirs are available in the North Cape Hall and your postcards mailed from here will bear the unique postmark "Nordkapp." A multimedia show gives an impression of the changing seasons and weather conditions on top of Europe. In the hall, you are reminded of famous expeditions to the North Cape, expeditions that helped to stimulate travel to the "Land of the Midnight Sun." If you prefer, stroll outside and enjoy the panorama from the top of the cliff. After your visit to the North Cape Hall, you'll retrace your route back to the ship.
Note: This excursion is unguided, allowing you to explore the North Cape site at leisure. An escort will be on the coach to answer generic questions or give generic information. Guest must be able to walk approximately 100 yards from the parking lot to the North Cape Hall. The amount of walking is at the guests' discretion once at North Cape. Guests will encounter 20 to 50 steps to visit plateau and cinema. There is also an elevator between the floors inside the building. Comfortable walking shoes and light jacket are recommended. Several departures will be operated. In the event your first departure choice is not available, you will automatically be assigned the next available departure, if possible. Please check your tickets carefully for the correct departure time. Please note that this is not a shuttle service, if you should miss the scheduled return departure from North Cape Hall, it will be your responsibility and own expense to return to the ship.