"The city at the North Cape". At the turn-of-the-century when a new fishing fleet was established with larger and motorised boats, many of the old harbours became obsolete. As a result, in 1895, the municipal council decided to move the municipal administration from Kjelvik to Honningsvåg, partly because the harbour was better suited. This proved to be a wise decision. Honningsvåg is today Norway's next largest cruise boat harbour, with almost one hundred calls every year. The local coastal steamer Hurtigruta and other ships call daily. Honningsvåg has also played a role as the last stop before the Arctic Ocean for traffic eastward.
Nearly 2900 persons live in Honningsvag. The town is a centre for Finnmark county's fishery education. There is a post office, several banks and a police station. For physical ailments, you can contact the North Cape Health Centre or a dentist. There are good restaurants, plenty of shops, several car rental firms, as well as a number of souvenir shops. The island's only petrol station is next to the ferry quay. The North Cape Museum, which has several interesting exhibitions, is open year-round. The museum organises guided tours through the city of Honningsvåg. The same building also houses the Tourist Information Office "Nordkapp Reiseliv AS," which can help you book activities, adventures, accommodation and transport.