Honningsvag is a port city (Norway's northernmost) located on Mageroya Island (Nordkapp, Finnmark county). The town has population around 2,500, so for it was made an exception from the country's legislation requiring a minimum of 5,000 inhabitants for a Norwegian city status.
Honningsvag is located at a bay on the southeastern side of the island. The renowned Nordkapp ("North Cape") and its visitors center is on the island's northern side. The port is visited by cruise ships mainly in the summer. The local fishing industrty is based on the ice-free waters in the southwestern part of Barents Sea. Tourism is another important to the city industry.
The distance from Honningsvag to Nordkapp (in southern direction) is 34 km (21 ml), which is approx 30-min drive. The "midnight sun" (Arctic Circle) natural phenomenon is when the sun remains visible at midnight. It occures here in the period May 14 through July 29. This phenomenon is often advertised by cruise companies on Arctic-themed cruise itineraries.
Honningsvag cruise terminal
The cruise port is right in downtown. In close proximity from the pier are the town's main shops, bars and restaurants.
The port has a total of 5 docking piers, all of which are located within 5-min walking distance from the town's center. Occasionally, larger-sized cruise ships are anchored and their passengers are transported to the piers via the ship's tender boats.
Honningsvag is one of the ferry ports along the "Express Route" - Norway's Government subsidized "Norwegian Coastal Express". This is a regularly scheduled passenger and cargo shipping service in Norway. The "ferry and cruise" itinerary is between two turnaround ports - Bergen (southmost) and Kirkenes (northmost). It connects a total of 34 ports, which are Norwegian communities without any road or air access.
Since January 2021, Norway's coastal ferry service is operated by two companies - Hurtigruten (7 ships) and Havila Shipping (4 ships)..Norwegian Government's annual subsidy for the ferry service is around USD 100 million.
The list of all ports along the northboaund "Norwegian Coastal Express" itinerary includes Bergen (turnaround port), Alesund, Floro, Geiranger (Stranda), Maloy (Vagsoy), Molde, Torvik (Heroy, Leinoya Island), Kristiansund, Rorvik (Vikna), Trondheim, Bodo, Bronnoysund (Bronnoy), Nesna, Ornes (Meloy), Sandnessjoen (Alstahaug), Stamsund (Vestvagoy Island), Svolvaer (Vagan, Austvagoya Island), Trollfjorden (Hadsel), Finnsnes (Lenvik), Harstad (Hinnoya Island), Risoyhamn (Andoy Island), Skjervoy, Sortland (Langoya Island), Stokmarknes (Hadseloya Island), Tromso, Berlevag, Hammerfest, Honningsvag (Mageroya Island), Nordkapp / North Cape), Kjollefjord (Lebesby), Mehamn (Gamvik), Oksfjord (Loppa), Batsfjord, Vardo (Vardoya Island), Kirkenes (turnaround port).