The Full Wiki

Honningsvåg: Wikis

Advertisements
  
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Honningsvåg

About this sound Honningsvåg at 70° 58' N, in Nordkapp municipality, claims to be the northernmost city in Norway and even in the world. Legislation effective from 1997 states that a Norwegian city must have 5,000 inhabitants, but Honningsvåg with its population of 2,575 was declared a city in 1996. It is situated at a bay on the southern side of Magerøya island, while the famous North Cape and its visitors center is on the northern side. It is a port of call for cruise ships, especially in the summer months. Honningsvåg Airport, Valan is located 4 km outside the town, with flights to mainly Tromsø.

Contents

History and environment

People have lived in this area as far back as 10,300 years ago. The sea was probably the main food supplier for this prehistoric settlement. Indeed, the ice-free ocean (southwestern part of the Barents Sea) provides rich fisheries even today, and tourism is also important. Even at 71°N, many private gardens in Honningsvåg have trees, although rarely more than 3 – 4 m tall.

Winter sky in Honningsvåg

Hurtigruten has one of its main stops in Honningsvåg on its lengthy route along the Norwegian coast from Kirkenes in the north to Bergen the south. From 11:45 am to 03:15 pm the ships dock in the port of Honningsvåg, generating heavy tourist activity in the city.

The famous dog Bamse came from Honningsvåg.

The city status

The status of Honningsvåg as a city is a point of contention between the inhabitants of Honningsvåg and Hammerfest which many foreigners may find strange, given the small size of both of these places. In Norwegian the word 'by' can mean both town and city and Norwegian does not distinguish between the terms in the same way as English or other languages do. The translation of the word into English is thus ambiguous and can be chosen as one sees fit. If both Hammerfest and Honningsvåg were to be defined according to British tradition, neither of them would be considered cities, as neither has a university or a cathedral. Both of them would, however, be considered towns, given the status of both settlements as economic hubs of the surrounding areas and the status as municipal centers.

The name

The Norse form of the name was probably *Hornungsvágr. The first element is then the genitive case of a disappeared name of a mountain: *Hornungr. This (hypothetical) name could have been an older name of the mountain Storefjell (literally just 'big mountain' - a tall and hornlike mountaintop near Honningsvåg), and it is then derived from the word horn n 'horn'. The last element is vágr m 'bay'. The full meaning of the name is then 'the bay lying beneath the mountain *Hornungr.

Climate

Honningsvåg is located at the northernmost extreme of Europe, but the winter temperatures are softened by the ice free ocean and not nearly as cold as is typical for this latitude. Summers are cool and short. Mean annual precipitation is 765 mm. The wettest months are from October - January with on average 85 mm each month, while the driest is May - July with on average 40 mm each month.[1]

Weather data for Honningsvåg (10 last years)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C (°F) -1
(30)
-2
(28)
-1
(30)
2
(36)
6
(43)
8
(46)
13
(55)
11
(52)
9
(48)
5
(41)
2
(36)
0
(32)
Average low °C (°F) -4
(25)
-4
(25)
-3
(27)
0
(32)
3
(37)
6
(43)
10
(50)
9
(48)
7
(45)
3
(37)
0
(32)
-3
(27)
Source: [2] 2009-12-05

External links

References

  1. ^ met.no climate statistics Nordkapp municipality
  2. ^ "Honningsvåg average conditions - base period 10 last years". Storm Weather Center. http://www.storm.no/vaer/Honningsvåg/klima. Retrieved 05 December 2009.  

Coordinates: 70°59′N 25°59′E / 70.983°N 25.983°E / 70.983; 25.983

Advertisements

Redirecting to Honningsvåg


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
(Redirected to Nordkapp article)

From Wikitravel

Nordkapp [1] is a 307 m (1007 ft) high cliff rising above the Artic Ocean. Nordkapp is promoted as the northenmost point of Europe, this is however not true. The neighbouring point Knivskjellodden is actually 1,457 m (4780 ft) further north. Some 200,000 tourists visit annually, during the two to three months of summer. The town Honningsvåg is 34 km south of Nordkapp. An half hour drive by car. The midnight sun may be enjoyed 14 May-29 Jul. Unless it is a cloudy day.

Nordkapp in midnight sun.
Nordkapp in midnight sun.

Nordkapp - The North Cape, the North Cape Horn has always been a well-known an important point of orientation for all boats and ships. The rock has had a great variety of names and it was only in the mid 16th century that it was given the present name.

In 1553 a english commander, Richard Chancellor passed Nordkapp and named the cliff as Nordkapp, the North Cape. From that time, it has been called Nordkapp. At that time it wasn't exactly the center of interest. But only 100 years later, the first "tourist" was reported to have climbed up to the plateau. He was an Italian priest called Fransesco Negri. It took him more than two years on foot, by boat, on horseback, on sleighs and on skis. In 1664, finally having reached his destination, he noted in his travel log: "Here i am now on the North cape, at the extream tip of Finnmark, really at the end of the world"

In the 18th and 19th centuries, a journey to Nordkapp was still an adventure - an expensive one. This is why there were quite a few high-ranking people aming the first tourists - Prince Luoise Phillippe of Orleans, Oscar the second, King of Norway and Sweden, King Chualalonkorn of Thailand He got his name and date carved into a rock on the top of the plateau. This rock can be seen in the Panoramahall in front of the souvenirshop. And Emperor Wilhelm the second, of Germany.

In 1875, London Travel agents Thomas Cook, organized the first group travel to Nordkapp for 24 participants. At that time travelling to Nordkapp was very different compared to how it is now. There was no road leading across the island to the plateau. Travellers were taken by rowing boat from Skarsvåg or Gjesvær to Hornvika, just below the north cape. From there they had to climb up the steep and rocky ravine, to reach heigh of plateau. The first modest wooden buildings started to appear to the plateau. One of those was an hut "Stoppenbrink's Champange Pavilion.

Honningsvåg.
Honningsvåg.

By plane

Honningsvåg airport (IATA: HVG) has three daily departures from Tromsø and Hammerfest. Additionally there is one daily departure to Kirkenes. All flights are operated by Widerøe. [2]

By car

Nordkapp is where E69 ends. E69 branches off E6 at Olderfjord, 129 km (80 mi) away. The road passes a deep undersea road tunnel with toll booth on the northern side collecting toll both ways, both for vehicles (kr 70) and passengers (Adults: 47 children: kr 24).

By boat

Hurtigruten calls Honningsvåg. Several Cruise ships visit Honningsvåg and Nordkapp every year.

By bicycle

When arriving by bicycle, be aware of the tunnel from the mainland. This is a 7km tube going 212m under the sea level. Good fun the first 3km, and remember the speed limit. You'll need good gears to get out again. At the road from Honningsvåg to the North Cape plateau, you will need them to. Take care of the wind: 7 or 8 Bft with gusts far stronger than that is not unusual. At the North Cape center itself, don't forget to sign the cyclists' guest book.

Kirkeporten.
Kirkeporten.
  • Kirkeporten (Church gate), (A short walk from E69). A cliff with a hole trough, where the view towards Nordkapp can be enjoyed.  edit
  • Nordkapphallen. 1 May-17 May: 11Am-3PM, 18May-31 Aug: 11AM-1AM. A big hall carved out in the plateau, where the view can be enjoyed. Adults: kr 215, students: kr 140, children: kr 75.  edit
  • Nordkappmuseet, (In the harbour by Rica Honningsvåg Hotel), +47 78477200 (). 1 Jun-15 Aug: M-Sa: 10AM-7PM, Su: noon-7PM, 16 Aug-31 May: M-F: noon-4PM. Telling the aspects of fishieries and everyday life, in the far north. Adults: kr 50, children: kr 10.  edit
  • Birdsafari, Gjesvær (21 km (13 mi) from the junction at E69). See seabird like puffin, and the bird's mountain.  edit
  • Knivsjelloden, (Starting point: At the parkin space 7 km south of Nordkapp). Hike to Knivsjellodden. The track is marked with red T's. The distance is 8 km (5 mi), the hike takes an estimated two and an half hour. Since the weather is unstable at this high latitude, you shall allways leave a message were and when you left, in your car.  edit
  • Nordkapp Jul og Vinterhus, Skarsvåg, +47 78475289 (, fax: +47 78473648), [3]. Christmas decoration and the Nordkapp santa.  edit
  • Hotel View, Utsikten 12, +47 78477220.  edit
  • Nordkapp Arran Hotel, Klubbveien 3, +47 78471996.  edit
  • Rica Hotel Honningsvåg, Nordkappgata 4, +47 78477220 (fax: +47 78477221).  edit
This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!

Advertisements






Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message