Honningsvåg, Norway Cruise Port Guide

Located on the island of Magerøya, Honningsvåg is the northmost city in mainland Europe and the gateway port for cruise passengers heading up to the Arctic Circle. This rugged yet charming town features brightly painted wooden buildings with a surrounding landscape characterized by expansive stretches of tundra, breathtaking fjords, waterfalls, and dense forests. The tiny fishing town was completely rebuilt after World War II and is one of the best places to experience the “midnight sun,” a phenomenon where the sun doesn’t set in the summer and offers continuous light. 

On a Norway cruise that visits Honningsvåg, ​​get a taste of the local culture in the town’s quaint cafes and restaurants which feature incredible local seafood, “koldtbord” (cold table buffets), or traditional “pølser” (sausages). Spend some time strolling downtown to shop for artisan crafts such as furs, woven cloths, textiles, woodcarvings, and pottery. Other highlights include Duken Mountain, North Cape Museum, Honningsvåg Church, and the Bamse Statue.

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Tromsø, Norway Cruise Port Guide

Often referred to as the Arctic’s capital, this colorful northern Norwegian city is located above the Article Circle and is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. As a major cultural hub—previously called the “Paris of the North”—Tromsø will offer you a young and vibrant city center to explore, a buzzy harbor, and an exciting international dining scene filled with cozy cafes, pubs, and vibrant restaurants. You can also stop for a pint at Mack’s Ølhallen, one of the world’s northernmost breweries. 

Tromsø’s striking surrounding landscape also offers a playground for hiking, dog sledding, and skiing during your Norway cruise. Other must-see points include the Arctic Cathedral—a true icon of Northern Norway, built in 1965, with beautiful, stained-glass windows—the Tromsø Cathedral; the Polaria and Perspective museums; and cable car rides for stunning city views.

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