Destination: North Cape

We offer tours that fit your needs! We can accommodate groups of any size, from a family in a car, to a professional convention of several hundreds.

We can also design a combination of the different tours to help you make the best of your time with us. We can arrange a visit of the North Cape and of a fishing village, with a dinner at a local restaurant or a taste of the freshest king crab. Or you may prefer a visit of the bird reserve followed by a seafood dinner in the same village and a hike to find the local, unique forest.

Please contact us for more information about the tour possiblities in the North Cape area.

Our offers in North Cape

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The North Cape by Night and Hunt for the Aurora Borealis

Northern Lights over the North Cape.
Northern Lights over the North Cape. (Photo by Bjarne Riesto.)

Join us on the Arctic Night Adventure to the North Cape and the island of Magerøya.

On the way through the fascinating arctic landscape you will leave the lights of Honningsvåg behind and follow a snowplough along the white and exhilarating road all the way up to the North Cape plateau. From there you may enjoy the experience of standing on top of the steep cliff with only the Barents Sea below and the illuminated globe in front of you, and witness the phenomenon of the polar nights during the long, dark winters in the Arctic Circle.

After our visit to the North Cape we will continue our quest for the northern lights. According to the latest weather forecast and our best approximation of where to spot the magnificent Green Lady Aurora we will take you to other scenic places on the island of Magerøya.

This six-hour excursion includes pickup at the hotel, a polar lights chase with an authorised guide and a “best-of” selection of the pictures taken by the guide.

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North Cape excursion

Midnight sun at the North Cape.
Midnight sun at the North Cape. (Photo by Bjarne Riesto.)

The Englishman Steven Borough is credited for having given the North Cape its name when he sailed past it in 1553, while searching for the Northeast Passage. But the North Cape was known to the Vikings, navigators, and explorers, long before drawing visitors to the northernmost outpost of the European continent. Since the arrival of the first cruise ship in 1875, this location has attracted millions of visitors, offering views of a mystical, treeless, and rugged landscape.

The globe at the North Cape.
The globe at the North Cape. (Photo by Bjarne Riesto.)

Situated at a latitude above 71° N, the cliff with the globe is a breathtaking site where you can enjoy the longest midnight sun period in Europe, as well as the longest and darkest polar night. But all seasons have their own charm; the intense midnight-sun in the short summer, the orange and pink skies during the autumn, the adventurous snow-experience with the aurora borealis, or the soft show of lights during spring.

During the summer, you have the chance to see the reindeer enjoying their pastures and the open landscape of the arctic tundra of Finnmark. You can also get a glimpse of the culture and traditions of the indigenous people of northern Scandinavia – the Sami, with a visit to a local Sami couple working with the reindeer.

The snowy and dark surroundings of the winter season are simply breathtaking and there is a good chance to see the northern lights, dancing in all nuances in the sky. The open landscape battered by the elements is an ever‑surprising destination that leaves its visitor moved with a sense of geographical achievement, and for many it has become the pinnacle of their journey.

This four-hour tour departs from Honningsvåg with a bus, a minibus or with a private driver-guide.

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Bird safari

Bird safari at Gjesværstappan.
Bird safari at Gjesværstappan. (Photo by Bjarne Riesto.)

Gjesvær – the most remote fishing village on the island of Magerøya, has been a destination for nature lovers for hundreds of years. Frequently visited by the Vikings, Gjesvær was mentioned in the sagas as early as 1200. The village hosts the majestic islands of Gjesværstappan – home to over two million birds nesting in the summer season.

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At Gjesværstappan you’ll see thousands of puffins. (Photo by Bjarne Riesto.)

From the village, a boat will take you around the islands which form the natural reserve of Gjesværstappan. You will have the opportunity to see one of the biggest puffin colonies in Northern Europe from the boat, as well as more than 80 pairs of white-tailed sea eagles breeding on the islands. There is a great colony of gannets there, the penguin-like looking razorbills, cormorants, guillemots, and many more birds. You can observe them diving, nesting, hunting and flying in groups around the ship, all while savouring a fresh arctic breeze.

Throughout the entire excursion, you can enjoy the rugged arctic landscape, the barren hills, the beautiful flowers of the tundra, and the reindeer grazing in their natural environment, making this excursion a natural highlight on the island of Magerøya.

European shag at Gjesværstappan.
European shag at Gjesværstappan. (Photo by Bjarne Riesto.)

The 4-hour tour begins in Honningsvåg. You will travel by bus, minibus, or car with a private guide to the western part of the island Magerøya, to the fishing village of Gjesvær. From there, the tour continues by boat around the bird archipelago of Gjesværstappan and ends in Honningsvåg.

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Fishing village tour

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The fishing village of Skarsvåg. (Photo by Kjell-Bendik Pedersen.)

This three-hour excursion takes you through the astonishing landscapes of the island Magerøya to the picturesque fishing villages Kamøyvær and Skarsvåg.

The tour starts in Honningsvåg and takes you along the splendid fjords to the little fishing village of Skarsvåg, where you can enjoy a local hangout at Heidi’s Christmas and Winter House (www.julehuset.no). Here you will be welcomed to the homely atmosphere of a traditional Norwegian Christmas. You can try the warm Norwegian mulled wine gløgg and the typical Christmas cake lefse.

The next stop will be in the idyllic village of Kamøyvær, where you can take a walk around its charming harbour with the little fishing fleet and perhaps meet fishermen fileting or hanging their fish. Wander around the colourful houses, from one fjord to another, and drop by the cosy art gallery “East of the Sun” (www.evart.no) of artist Eva Schmütterer. Her work and perspective shows you the island throughout the intensive seasons.

There will be a short photo stop at the Tufjorden viewpoint, from where it is possible to get a glimpse of the incredible North Cape cliff in the distance.

The tour concludes with a short sightseeing trip in Honningsvåg, where your guide will introduce you to the history of this delightful city and the important points of interests, such as the old church, the galleries, shops, and monuments.

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Honningsvåg walking tour

The inner harbour of Honningsvåg.
The inner harbour of Honningsvåg.

Honningsvåg – a small city with approximately 3000 inhabitants – is the hub of the island Magerøya and the northernmost city of Europe. The walk in town gives you the opportunity to explore this charming place with many hidden treasures, accompanied by an authorised guide. On a journey through the past of this important harbour city of Finnmark and its origins, you will also discover what drives today’s local community.

The tour begins in the picturesque harbour with a view of the soft hills of the landscapes of the arctic tundra surrounding you. Here, one can see the first monuments and the first indications of the local history and recourses. While promenading along the seafront you can have a look at the equipment of the fishermen, their boats, and perhaps a glimpse of some drying stockfish, while your guide will introduce you to the eventful past and delightful modern life in this small city at the top of Europe.

The next stop is the old church – the only building which was not destroyed during the second world war. Afterwards, a stroll on the main roads will lead you back to the harbour.

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Photo Safari

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Reindeer on the island of Magerøya. (Photo by Denise Kuellmei.)

The perfect reindeer picture? The hidden local views? Let your authorised guide with a keen interest in photography take you on a photo safari for the best spots where you can take pictures of the beautiful island of Magerøya. The landscapes are unique with their rugged, but soft surfaces, with small arctic flowers decorating the far-reaching tundra.

Depending on the weather conditions, your guide will take you to the viewpoints to take great pictures of the majestic fjords, chase the reindeer, and take you to places that allow you to take magnificent shots of the small fishing villages or the “capital” Honningsvåg.

Weather permitting, you may also be able to photograph the North Cape plateau and the protruding horn from a distance. Additionally, your guide will share a lot of information on the nature, the history of the island, culture, and the wildlife. Witness of the fast-changing weather conditions, the beauty of the Arctic, the fauna and flora, and the unique life in the north.

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