Honningsvag Cruises, Norway
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Keep an eye out for grazing reindeer as you make your way out to the North Cape, Europe’s most northerly point. As you leave Honningsvag behind, you’ll notice a barren landscape is the hallmark of the windswept Arctic Circle. To the untrained eye it may look as if there’s little in the way of vegetation - but in actual fact it’s a botanist’s dream. Over 200 species of plants grow here. The North Cape itself is an enormous rock with a steep wall climbing over 307 metres from the Arctic Ocean. Surprisingly, it’s got a shopping area and a 225° widescreen cinema. It’s at this cinema you’ll get chance to watch a 20-minute presentation showing the jaw-dropping scenery through the changing seasons. If you’d prefer though, you can spend your time taking photos and shopping for souvenirs. On your way back to the ship, you’ll pay a quick visit to a traditional Sami Camp for a chance to take more snaps.
You’ll meet, and eat the mighty king crab on this trip. One of Norway’s most famous exports, this sought-after crustacean is actually native to Alaska. A Russian sea-science experiment saw thousands of crabs dunked in Slavic seas in the sixties, only to turn up in Norway ten years later – maybe they were making their way home, en masse. After kitting-up and completing a safety briefing, you’ll head for Sarnesfjorden on a deep-sea raft. You’ll stop to check crab traps set far below the surface and, of course, to collect the catch. King crabs can measure anything up to two metres from one side of their shell to the other, but it’s rare to catch such a monster in a trap. Instead your so-called ‘wee ones’ will weigh-in at three to seven kilos - which is still the same as several bags of sugar. You’ll come ashore at Lavvocamp where you’ll prepare and tuck into your very own catch of the day.
You can set your expectations high when you book onto this tour, which showcases parts of Norway that you can’t get to by road. You’ll take to the skies in a helicopter, ready to get a bird’s-eye view over Honningsvag. Look out for the globe monument that perches on top of the dramatic cliff at North Cape and capture postcard-pretty pictures of the coastline and the cobalt-blue sea. Your pilot will also point out Knivskjelodden – the northernmost point in Europe – before flying you over tiny waterfront towns like Tunes and Tufjord. As you hover around these parts, you’ll be sharing the sky with rare birds that nest on nearby Gjesvaerstappan Island, which you’ll pass on the flight back towards Honningsvag Harbour.