Want to get a taste of what Honningsvåg is like in the winter? Arctico Ice Bar is a fashionable lounge built from blocks of ice cut out of a nearby lake and housed in a temperature-controlled warehouse. Guests don warm red capes as they sip cocktails and admire ice sculptures or lounge in fur-topped booths.
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
You might come for the breathtaking landscapes—fishing villages, endless plains, dramatic cliffs meeting Arctic waters—but you’ll want to save some time to wander around inside Nordkapphallen, a visitor’s center with restaurants serving local dishes and revolving exhibitions on regional history. Buy a postcard and send it from the northernmost post office in the world, which you’ll also find in the complex.
Nordkappmuseet, as it’s called in Norwegian, is dedicated to one of Norway’s most important trades: fishing. Along with exhibits on the area’s extensive angler history, you’ll get a glimpse into the lives of the modern-day fishermen who still cast their nets up and down the outer coast to catch cod and haddock for commercial sale.
See one of Norway’s largest colonies of puffins and kittiwakes during the nesting season on this two-hour boat ride through the protected Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve. Look out for the unusual Arctic dwarf plants that cover the treeless tundra while en route to and from the port.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.