Journey to the North Cape of Norway
Way up north on the coast of Magerøya island in Norway, where the Atlantic meets the Arctic Ocean, lies the North Cape. In fact, this steep cliff cape is so far north that it has the distinction of being the northernmost point of Norway, as well as the northernmost point in Europe accessible by car. It’s also stunningly beautiful, with panoramic vistas of the Barents Sea, rugged landscapes, and the midnight sun, which illuminates the sky from the middle of May to the end of July.
Explore the scenic beauty of the region with a must-experience trip to the North Cape Plateau. Visit the charming fishing villages of Skarsvåg (the northernmost fishing village in the world) and historic Gjesvær, which dates back to the age of the Vikings. From Gjesvær, you can go on the popular BirdSafari—a two-hour boat tour which takes you to the nearby islands of Gjesværstappan, Northern Europe’s largest and most accessible bird colony and a designated nature reserve.
In Magerøya’s capital city of Honningsvåg, shop along the unique stores that line the main street, check out local cultural center of Perleporten Kulturhus, and visit the North Cape Museum and Honningsvåg Church, the only building left standing in the city at the end of World War II. And of course no Azamara voyage to the North Cape is complete without trying some local delicacies like king crab, cod, reindeer, and kvæfjordkake, a sponge cake made with meringue and vanilla cream.