North Cape/Port Honningsvag rejoins Cruise Europe after a few years' absence

   February 21, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

North Cape/Nordkapp (on Mageroya Island, Norway) rejoined Cruise Europe after a few years' of absence. The Norwegian port is now looking forward to a total of 184 calls in 2023, compared to 134 last year.

The destination is served by Port Honningsvag which has 3 quays available for cruise ships ranging in length from 70 to 155 m (230-509 ft) and water depths from 5,7 to 12 m (20-40 ft). At present, there is one tender pier serving anchored cruise vessels. All are a short walk from downtown.

The port has one dock/berth able to accommodate cruise vessels with max LOA length 360 m (1181 ft) in addition to the anchorage area.

A new tender pier approx 2 km / 1 mi from the anchorage zone will be installed and ready to use in May 2023. The project's cost is ~NKr 1,5 million (~EUR 140,000), all of which are to be covered by the port.

Oyvind Larsson (Ports of North Cape's port captain) said the new tender pier was being built to make the arrival/departure for visiting tourists more comfortable and safer. There had been a big demand for that kind of infrastructure where the tender pier was closer to the tour busses and hence improved the logistics.

Tourist information and a pair of souvenir shops are located at the port. Public toilets are a 150-300-m (490-980 ft) walk beyond the perimeter. Free WiFi is provided within the port.

In 2023, Swan Hellenic is to be visiting for the first time with its SH Diana ship.

North Cape has a variety of shore trips on offer, including hiking tours, bird safaris, king crab safaris, guided bus trips, museum and art galleries. Passengers can go in search of The Northern Lights by snowmobile, ATV, car, or on foot.

Port of Nordkapp-North Cape (Norway)

There are activities to suit all the cruise passengers visiting. The newest shore trip is a guided tour of the fish factory visitor center. All ages/capabilities are welcome to witness the everyday work of the business.

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