Honningsvag

A special place on the top of the Europe
Cape North, the Nordkapp’s experience
Iridescent clouds and midnight sun

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Honningsvag/North Cape

Beyond the ends of the earth

The thrill of reaching Cape North, Nordkapp in Norwegian, the northernmost stretch of land in the European continent, on an MSC cruise, will impress even the most distracted traveller.
When the ship anchors in Honningsvåg, the sky decorated with permanently iridescent clouds and illuminated by the sunlight that shines 24 hours a day from mid-May to July, offers the most incredible spectacle. We cannot fail to realize we’re in a special place, on the last stretch of continental land before the end of the world.

To understand the spirit and lifestyle of the fishermen living in these extreme lands, you should visit the Honningsvåg museum: as well as offering a display of everyday objects, you will find a section that illustrates the consequences of the Second World War on these lands.

During your MSC cruise of Northern Europe you should not miss an excursion to Cape North, where you will find a cliff that is 500 million years old and rises 307 metres above sea level, dominating the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean from where you can admire the spectacle of the midnight sun.

A short distance from the monument that celebrates this remote location is the Nordkapphallen, the visitors’ centre which hosts exhibitions and screenings of documentaries on the beauty of the area. Here you can find everything you need: a café and a restaurant, as well as a post office and even a chapel in the northernmost part of the world: the St Johannes Kapell.

In spite of the extreme latitude, the average temperature in the summer never drops under seven degrees. Here in the western Finnmark, nature is still the queen and one can admire it by taking part in photographic safaris to explore the local flora and fauna. You can go to Gjesvær, a short distance from Cape North, where you can come across sea puffins, gannets, cormorants and other marine birds.

Must see places in Honningsvag

  • The cliffs at the Northern Cape

    The cliffs at the Northern Cape

  • A king crab

    A king crab

  • The midnight sun

    The midnight sun

Discover our excursions

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  • PHOTO SAFARI ON MAGERØY ISLAND

    NATURAL WONDERS

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    Grab your camera, steady your hand and get set to flex your photographic muscle on an entertaining snapshot safari of Magerøya Island, whose name derives from the Sami word for steep and barren coast, Máhkarávju. Home to a handful of small fishing villages in addition to the capital of Honningsvåg, Magerøya’s main economic drivers are fishing and, due to its uniquely wild landscape, tourism. Your guide – that has a keen interest in photography - will remain on hand throughout to show you great photo opportunities on the tour, which begins with a drive up to a fishing village for a chance to take some snapshots of the North Cape plateau from afar. The exact route then taken and the places visited will depend on the weather, but there are likely to be opportunities to capture stunning vistas of the midnight sun and perhaps even spot reindeer and eagles, although no guarantees can be given for wildlife sightings. Your photographic exploration of Magerøya Island then draws to a scenic close with your return drive to Honningsvåg and your ship. Please note: information only in English. The tour can be booked and paid in advance of or during the cruise, but not via the internet.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$169.00Price per person

    • Children$155.00Price per person

  • TRANSFER TO CAPE NORTH

    SCENIC ROUTE

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    Located on Magerøya Island and approximately 1 hour by coach from Honningsvåg lies the North Cape, the northernmost part of North Europe with its spectacular vista of barren tundra with a few mountain birch trees, mountains rising all around and dramatic cliffs with sheer drops to the sea below. Do bring your camera – the landscape here is so incredible, a photo to prove you have been will certainly be the order of the day. You will have a chance to look around the North Cape Pavilion, a facility dedicated to describing the history of the region. Spend time at your leisure taking in the fabulous landscape and finding out about the region before heading back to the coach for your return journey to the port and your ship. Please note: this tour includes your transfers and the tickets to North Cape Hall only. Once at the site, you will have time to explore on your own. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
    • No guide available

    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • Best seller

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$95.00Price per person

    • Children$72.00Price per person

  • KING CRAB EXPERIENCE BY RIB BOAT

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

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    Lovers of fine food will not want to miss this special opportunity to discover the King Crab, a giant crab that lives in the depths of the cold Arctic sea around Russia and Norway. Considered a delicacy, some king crabs can measure up to 2 metres and weighs as much as 10 kilos. After a short walk from the pier, we will reach the North Cape Adventure Centre for a safety briefing and our floatation suits. We will board a special RIB-boat for approx. 1-hour sailing trip to Sarnesfjord. Next, you will continue to the tent camp where you will taste the delicious crabs. Please note: the boat crew will act as guides – English spoken; this tour is feasible for children aged 6 years on. In case of rough sea and for safety reasons, the duration of the sailing may be shorter. This tour is not suitable for guests suffering from heart problems or having walking difficulties.
    • Snack included

    • Best seller

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$189.00Price per person

    • Children$189.00Price per person

  • KING CRAB SAFARI BY BUS

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

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    Lovers of fine food will know what a delicacy king crab is – and those as yet unfamiliar with this tasty treat can now find out. The giant crab, which can measure up to 2 m in length and weigh up to 10 kg each, is found in the depths of the cold Arctic waters around Russia and Norway. After a short walk from the pier to the coach, a 15-minute drive will take you to the beach and the Sarnes Lavvo Camp. There, you will have the opportunity to taste the delicious crabs in the camp tent. Your “royal” culinary treat ends with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: assistance only in English during the coach transfers and at the camp. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
    • No guide available

    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      2:30 h

    • Adults$145.00Price per person

    • Children$102.00Price per person

  • THE HONNINGSVÅG HINTERLAND BY ATV

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

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    Thrill-seekers take note: spend a few hours exploring the captivating hinterland of Honningsvåg in a two-person ATV. Best of all, you can take the wheel yourself – or take turns with your companion. After leaving the ship, a 5-minute walk will first see you reach the ATV station for a short safety briefing and to be issued with your vehicle. You will then be good to go, travel through town and then take the gravel track up Honningsvågfjellet, also called NATO Mountain due to a military base at the top. Information on Magerøya Island’s unique landscape, flora and fauna will be provided at several stops along the way, while also providing a chance to savour the incredible tundra landscape. A break then follows in Sarnes, where you will leave your vehicle for coffee in a traditional Sami tent, called a lavvo. Join the locals in making yourself comfortable on reindeer skins covering the ground and watch while the coffee brews over an open fire in time-honoured fashion. After saying farewell to your Sami hosts, you will begin your return drive to Honningsvåg and your ship. Please note: as drivers are not included in the tour, guests shall drive the ATV themselves, for which an international driving licence is compulsory. Each ATV can accommodate a maximum of 2 guests, incl. the driver. This tour involves driving through a 4-km tunnel and is unsuitable for guests with heart problems or limited physical abilities. Information only in English. The tour can be booked and paid in advance of or during the cruise, but not via the internet. Minimum age to take part in this tour: 12 years old.
    • Drink included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      2:30 h

    • Adults$222.00Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

 

Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Norway

The magic of the northern lights
The magic of the northern lights

A holiday in Norway is a dream. A dream along a fjord, the most evocative and characteristic natural formation of this land.

The Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are listed as part of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites, but it's also worth mentioning the longest of all the Fjords, the 204 km long Sognefjordas well as the Hardangerfjord where cherry and apple blossoms can be seen on the cliff-side during spring.

But a Northern Europe MSC cruise also means experiencing the spectacular beauty of the Northern lights; while those of you who travel in the summer can admire the spectacular midnight sun, once north of the Arctic Circle. A cruise to Norway also means discovering the culture of two ancient populations: the Vikings, not just pirates and warriors, but merchants, explorers and colonisers who, for over three hundred years until the 11th century governed Scandinavia and the northern Atlantic: and then, the Samis, the natives of these lands, dressed in multicoloured clothes with immense herds of reindeer, who have lived in the deep North for more than 10,000 years.

Finally, watch out for the Trolls! Many of the places you will visit are named after these legendary creatures: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (with the spectacular Troll’s path), Trollhatten and Trollveggen.

 
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