North Cape

Added 14 Feb 2015

Due to the morning excursion to North Cape, breakfast and lunch are almost indistinguishable today! Breakfast starts at 7am and ends at 10am. Lunch starts at 10.30am and conitnues until 1pm! Some of us wonder whether we should simply stay in the same seats and keep eating. Our arrival at Honningsvag is 11.15am and most of us are heading to the North Cape. There are numerous excursion buses waiting on the quayside and we manage to get the Furlongs family together on the same bus for the journey up to the northernmost point on the European continent. The drive is quite exciting. It is snowing and essentially a white-out ahead. How the coach driver can see his way is beyond us, especially since we are following a white bus which is itself covered in snow. An occasional brake light is all we see. The roadsides are marked with red poles stuck into the deep snow. Mountains to the left and fjords to the right. Thankfully the driver knows the route. He's driven it a hundred times. The Cape plateau is generally closed in winter but it is opened especially for the ship visit and the access road is cleared by a snow plough. The convoy follows the snow plough up to the top.

The North Cape is bleak but the weather has cleared perfectly for our arrival and we can see out to sea and along the coastline. It is simply beautiful. We visit the globe marking the northern point and then dash into the warmth of the visitor centre to watch a film about the Nordkapp region. There is also a chapel, various exhibitions and a huge souvenir shop. Richard and Dawn are later spotted enjoying freshly cooked waffles and a hot chocolate!

After the North Cape visit our next port of call is Kjollefjord. On the way we pass an impressive sea-cliff called Finn Church which the Sami people use for worship and ceremonial purposes. As we pass by the rock is illuminated with colour lights. At the same time a local fisherman jumps on board ship with some Giant King Crabs. These creatures were introduced to the area and over recent years have taken over the local sea bed. Some have legs three to four feet across! The fisherman places some of the crabs on display tables on the open deck for us to see. They are alive. Some of us even hold them up for photos but not everyone finds them so appealing!