Honningsvåg is one of the world's northernmost towns, and while this small Norwegian fishing village has its charms, people typically pass through it in a hurry to get to the North Cape — which, at a latitude of 71 degrees N, is often referred to as the end of the world. It takes about 45 minutes via winding roads to reach the North Cape, but once there, you’re rewarded with amazing views from the plateau and, of course, bragging rights.
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Nordkapphallen: North Cape Hall is an excellent visitor center with a variety of attractions, including a panoramic film of all four seasons in the region, a small chapel inside the cliff, historical exhibitions, a souvenir shop, and the world’s northernmost post office.
Selfies at the Globe Statue: The globe sculpture, almost more than anything else, has become a symbol of the North Cape, and few visitors leave without snapping a picture in front of it.
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North Cape Plateau: It’s not that hard to believe you’re at the edge of civilization as you stand on this cliff that rises more than a thousand feet above the Arctic Ocean. It makes sense that this place is sacred ground to the Sami people.
Honningsvåg Church: If you get to spend time in town, check out its historic church, which was constructed in 1885 and is one of the few buildings that survived when Honningsvåg was burned by the Germans at the end of World War II. It has two custom-made crystal candlesticks that were a gift from Norway's King Olav V.
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Bucket-Listers: This is one destination to check off — to see not only the North Cape but also the Northern Lights — and although 200,000 people visit annually, that's still small potatoes compared to other bucket-list locales.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
You'll Have Limited Time: Everyone comes here to visit the North Cape, which takes most of the day, so there's not much (if any) time left to explore Honningsvåg.
It’s Pricey: Like everything else in Norway, exploring the North Cape isn’t cheap — but are you really going to quibble about a few extra dollars to experience the edge of the world?
Kim Foley MacKinnon is a Boston-based writer for ShermansCruise whose work has also appeared in The Boston Globe.