The world’s northernmost village, Honningsvag is the gateway to the North Cape. It is a completely modern fishing harbor set in a land of forests, fjord waters, and crashing waterfalls. The Cape is 20 miles from Honningsvag across a stark and rocky tundra landscape, where large herds of reindeer graze on sparse grasses in the summer. This desolate terrain dotted with small lakes is the only area in Norway where landscape and vegetation are genuinely arctic in character.
As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.
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Cruise from the northwestern tip of Mageroya to a cluster of protected islands that is home to thousands of seabirds such as puffins, guillemots and Arctic skuas.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive northwest across the hauntingly barren island of Mageroya. About an hour later, you will arrive at Gjesvær, a fishing village of approximately 225 hearty residents. The first settlement on Mageroya, Gjesvær was an important trading post and fish station, especially in the Middle Ages. Even so, it could only be reached by boat until 1976, when a road was built connecting it to the rest of the island.
Upon arriving, you will board a small vessel known as a havsula, which was once used by the Norwegian army. It has plenty of deck space, so it’s ideal for bird watching. Once aboard, you will cruise toward Gjesværstappan, a nature reserve located on a cluster of islands nine miles off shore.
To protect the habitat, people aren’t permitted ashore, although you will still enjoy a birds-eye view of the thousands of seabirds there, including the largest colony of puffins in the vast county of Finnmark. They nest in holes high on the steep, grass-covered shoreline. Other birds commonly seen include kittiwakes, cormorants and razorbills. You might also see white-tailed eagles diving down to the sea and plucking out fish with their talons.
At the end of the bird safari, you will retrace your steps back to the pier in Honningsvag.
Please note: This tour is mostly seated with limited walking; however, guests must negotiate several stairs to enter and exit the tour boat. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Those who are prone to motion sickness should take the necessary precautions. Warm, layered clothing that is wind and water-proof; sun cap; sunglasses; binoculars; and flat, water-proof walking shoes are recommended.
Experience Norway's breathtaking beauty during this memorable visit to the scenic North Cape Plateau. Situated on the Island of Magerøy some 1,300 miles south of the North Pole, Honningsvag is the northernmost city in Norway. The North Cape Plateau is without a doubt one of Norway's main attractions with its steep rock cliff rising like a massive wall more than 1,000 feet above sea level.
Departing the pier it's a 1-hour drive to the North Cape and the North Cape Hall. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore on your own. Some of the attractions here include shopping, a post office, chapel, bar, cafes and a wide-screen cinema. Throughout the day, the cinema will feature a 20-minute show that is a wonderful audio-visual presentation of Lapland and the North Cape. During the film, you will discover the magnitude of Lapland's breathtaking scenery as it occurs in each of the four seasons. The cinema can accommodate up to 250 guests for each show, which will be announced in English, German and French prior to starting time.
Weather permitting, it is a must to watch the panorama, i.e. the Artic Ocean, from the Globe that is situated near the edge of the cliff. You may also want to visit the "stone-wheels" set up on the plateau that show copies of drawings made by children from all corners of the world with the motto: "Peace and friendship' are worth a visit.
During your approximately 90-minute stay at the North Cape Plateau, you will have ample time for taking photographs, shopping and writing postcards before rejoining your coach for the ride back to Honningsvåg.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guest's discretion. The tour is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Warm, weather appropriate layered clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. A brief comfort stop will be made at a small Lapp camp by the roadside en route to the North Cape, or on the return trip. This transfer is not a guided tour.
The giant King Crab was introduced to the Barents Sea by Russian scientists during the 1960's. The crab thrived in these waters and spread quite rapidly to the west where it can now be found along the North Norwegian coast. As the number of this species is in the millions, it naturally consumes a great deal and there is the concern that it may have an impact on the local ecosystem. Due to its large numbers, controlled fishing is now allowed. It is said to be delicious and its meat can compete with that of lobsters, bringing high prices on the commercial market. The King Crab can live to 30 years old, measuring up to 6.5 feet between its claws and weigh as much as 22 pounds. The catch in the crab pots will however, most likely be smaller, between 6 and 15 pounds.
This adventure will depart the pier for a short walk to the North Cape Adventure Center, where you will receive a security briefing and the equipment required for the tour. Your comfortable and approved flotation suit will protect you against low temperatures, and serve as a body-sized life jacket at the same time. After a brief stroll, board the deep-sea raft with your driver/guide and set off towards the Sarnesfjord to inspect the crab-pots. Along the way, you will have the chance to take photos of the King Crab once the pots have been pulled so don't forget to bring your camera.
Once you have completed checking the crab pots you will continue to shore to Lavvo Camp; which is a Sami tent with an open fire in the middle of the tent and you sit on the ground on reindeer skins. In the tent the crabs will be prepared and cooked for you to enjoy!
Continue back in the rafts to Honningsvåg where you will end the adventure part of the tour and turn in your floatation suit. Next, you visit the Artico Ice Bar. At the Artico Ice Bar, the magic of winter, complete with ice and snow has been simulated in this indoor environment, including the temperature, a cool 23 degrees Fahrenheit. You will be provided with proper clothing before entering the bar where everything is made of pure ice from the lakes of Lappland. Enjoy your time with a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage. When you are done relaxing; take a short walk through the center of Honningsvåg and then back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of activity. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair, those with heart conditions or mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition and anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be allowed on the tour. Minimum age to participate is 4 years old and guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Each guest must sign a waiver form before being permitted to participate in the tour. Warm clothing and flat, sturdy walking shoes are recommended. This tour may be cancelled on short notice in the event of adverse weather conditions.
Drive an All-Terrain Vehicle into the hauntingly barren landscape in the hills surrounding Honningsvag and enjoy a coffee break in a tent with some of the indigenous Sami people.
After a short walk from the pier, accompanied by a guide, you will arrive at an ATV station for a brief orientation. There, you will be given a helmet, gloves and thermo suit to wear while riding your two-person All Terrain Vehicle. It’s easy to operate an ATV and to help you get acclimated; the drive begins at a leisurely pace through the streets of Honningsvag.
Located on the rather large island of Mageroya in the extreme northern reaches of Norway, Honningsvag is a small, tight-knit fishing community with colorful hillside homes overlooking the harbor and Barents Sea. After riding around town, you will drive onto a gravel road that leads to Nato Mountain. During stops along the way, the guide will explain the more fascinating aspects of the area’s history and wildlife.
While the tundra-covered landscape is rather barren, it is wonderfully dramatic. Steep cliffs hug the shore and mountains rise in the interior, where reindeer roam freely. Archaeologists have found evidence of settlements here dating back more than 10,000 years.
The Sami are the indigenous tribe on Mageroya, and you will have the opportunity to witness their traditional lifestyle while enjoying coffee brewed over an open fire in a Sami tent. Afterward, you will drive back to the ATV station and then walk to the pier.
Please note: This tour has limited walking; however, the tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, heart conditions, back or neck injuries, or pregnant women. Participants should be in good physical condition. Layered clothing to include a water/windproof jacket; sun cap; sun glasses; and flat, closed-toe shoes are recommended. The approximately 90-minutes of ATV driving time will be over both the main road in traffic, as well as off-road and a valid driver’s license is required. The local operator requires that all guests sign a waiver before being allowed to participate in the tour. In the event of an accident, guests are responsible for any damage to the ATV up to 10,000 Norwegian Krone(approximately $1,645.00 USD).
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.