March 6, 2015

Honningsvaag the northernmost city of Norway (Arctic)

Honningsvaag the northernmost city of Norway (Arctic)

From the net:
Honningsvaag is the northernmost city of Norway. It is located in Nordkapp Municipality in Finnmark county.
 Legislation effective in 1997 states that a Norwegian city must have at least 5,000 inhabitants, but Honningsvåg was declared a city in 1996, thus exempt from this legislation. The 1.07-square-kilometre (260-acre) town has a population (2013) of 2,415, which gives the town a population density of 2,257 inhabitants per square kilometre (5,850/sq mi).

 Honningsvåg is situated at a bay on the southeastern side of the large island of Magerøya, while the famous North Cape and its visitors center is on the northern side of the island. Honningsvåg is a port of call for cruise ships, especially in the summer months.

The ice-free ocean (southwestern part of the Barents Sea) provides rich fisheries and tourism is also important to the town. Even at 71°N, many private gardens in Honningsvåg have trees, although rarely more than 3 to 4 metres.

See the complete album from the TOUR to North Cape in Artic Norway here >>

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