Honningsvåg, the northernmost city of mainland Norway
Honningsvåg is the northernmost city on the mainland of Norway, located in Nordkapp Municipality in Finnmark County. With just 2,436 inhabitants in 2012, Honningsvåg would not qualify as a city in Norway under normal circumstances, since it does not meet the 5,000 person threshold under law. However, because the city was declared in 1996, before the law was passed, Honningsvåg is exempt.
Among the city’s main industries are fishing and tourism. Despite having a latitude of 71°N, north of the Arctic Circle, the city is surprisingly temperate due to the Gulf Stream. One of the more popular ways to visit Honningsvåg is via the Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Voyage, which travels the length of Norway’s coast, all the way from Bergen to Kirkenes.
The following pictures were taken in Honningsvåg during a port stop of the MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun). Photos by Doug Tomren, taken in April of 2013.
For another article about exploring Norway from the Hurtigruten, please see Exploring the city center of Bergen, Norway.
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