Honningsvag to Tromsø via Hammerfest

Honningsvag to Tromso via Hammerfest

Honningsvag is the northernmost city in Norway.  The main points of interest are;

  • Ice bar
  • Bamse Statue
  • Corner Spiseri (pub and restaurant)
  • Access to Nordkapp
  • Hurtigruten Cruise port

Honningsvag - August 18th 2016Honningsvag, Finnmark, Norway

Honningsvag is a peaceful town, and you do feel like you are far from everywhere.  However, there are a few points of interest to enjoy.  There is an Ice bar, it’s best to go in here when there is a cruise ship in port as that’s when it mainly opens.  If you take a walk on the harbor front, you can capture some near perfect reflection photos of the city and mountains behind.  There is also a St Bernard statue which tourists like to photograph.

The hotels in Honningsvag are expensive, and there are not too many of them, there is a hostel a short walk from town which is cheaper, but still expensive for a hostel.  Restaurants are also expensive, there is a local restaurant and pub called the Corner Spiseri, remember you’re in Norway so you should try the famous Salmon.

Hurtigruten foot passenger serviceHurtigruten cruise to Tromsø, €80, 17 hours

I had the option of using my Arctic pass to get the bus to Alta for free, then changing for the Tromso bus, which would’ve been free part way, until I left Finnmark.  I decided to take the Hurtigruten passenger ferry service, which goes through the famous Norweigan fjords.  If you love fjords you’ll love this short cruise.

The ferry left at 5.45am, boarding started as soon as it arrived in port which was around 5.35am, so it was a quick turnaround.  In the morning around 11am it stopped at Hammerfest for a couple hours, then there was another short stop at Skjervoy before arriving in Tromso at 11.45pm.

Hammerfest, Norway

Hammerfest, Norway

If Honningsvag is the northermost city, then Hammerfest claim to fame is that it is the northernmost town!  There are quite a few points of interest in Hammerfest;

  • The royal and ancient polar bear society
  • Hammerfest church
  • The struve geodetic arc
  • The fountain

When passing by on the Hurtigruten cruise, you get 2 hours to enjoy these points of interest.  There are a few restaurants to get a quick snack in or you could try the Norwegian bread with currents or chocolate from the local mart.

A fjord close to SkjervoyA fjord close to Skjervoy

If you love fjords and you love taking photos then you’ll love the Hurtigruten cruise.  I went during the summer so it was light the whole time and I had 15 hours of fjords.  If you go in winter then you’ll have snow on the fjords and when it’s dark they guarantee you’ll see the northern lights or your next cruise is free!  Lets hope the northern lights don’t come out so we can go again!


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2017-03-13T15:21:30+00:00August 21st, 2016|Northern Europe, Norway|12 Comments


  1. Jane Clark January 12, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this James. I had never thought about visiting this part of the world before but you have opened my eyes to how interesting and different it is. I will definitely be going that direction in the future.

  2. Rhiannon March 1, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    The only thing that’s holding me back from visiting Norway is the price when you’re there – no matter which city/town I’ve looked into, it seems impossible to find decent-priced budget accommodation. From what you’ve said here, Honningsvag doesn’t seem to be an exception! I like the sound of the royal and ancient polar bear society in Hammerfest – I’ve always been fascinated with polar bears!

  3. Bridget March 1, 2017 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Norway is on my bucket list and I have always wanted to go to an Ice Bar (I am assuming we are talking about the same thing, a bar made of ice). It looks gorgeous there! Had no idea though that the hotels and restaurants were pricy.

  4. Christine March 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I would love to visit Norway but cost has held me back. I love the cruise idea as it seems it was very good value. And like you mentioned, if you do it in the summer you have tons of daylight and in winter, the northern lights! How can you lose?! I am going to look up this area on a map. Seems like an interesting area.

  5. Tony (tonyandkimoutdooradventures) March 1, 2017 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Norway is a bit expensive to place on our bucket list. We too had an Ice Bar here on the Gold Coast, Australia. It only lasted a couple of years but. Some nice photos.

  6. Jen Morrow March 1, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Darn, I was hoping to see photos of the Ice Bar, plus more details. I have heard that Norway is expensive, I guess it is all what you are used to. I would love to see all of the fjords.

  7. Christie March 2, 2017 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Wow, a 17 hour ferry?! I’ve never been on one for so long. Was it ok or did you go crazy? Haha. I think I’d go nuts being on one for so long!

  8. Joaquim March 3, 2017 at 3:11 am - Reply

    Going to Trondheim in a few months for a wedding and maybe I’ll go up to Honningsvag! Thanks for the information 🙂

  9. Stephanie Frias March 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos! I never really thought of Norway as a place to see the northern light. What a fabulous idea for an alternative destination to see the sights 🙂

  10. Swati & Sam March 3, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Norway is such a stunning place. You can’t go wrong with picking Norway as a holiday destination. Loved the first picture in this blog, love the composition. Would love to visit Norway someday.

  11. Nicholas March 26, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Its a great help after reading all the information. Do you have any idea the ferry service also carried out during the Easter long holiday in Norway. I’m planning travel to the North Cape and stay one night in Honningsvag and take the ferry to Tromso on the 30th March.

    • James Smith March 27, 2018 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Nicolas. I’m sure they have the ferry service. It’s actual on a Hurtigruten cruise ship as a foot passenger for the day. If you check their site as a foot passenger from Honningsvag to Tromso, you should be able to book online. If not, there is a bus option, I don’t know how the views on the bus would compare to the fjords though! Good luck and enjoy! I hope the northern lights come out for you.

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