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1. Posted by Melorious (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y

This is going to be a couple of years away, but a friend and me are planning one really, really long trip, we're going from the most southern point (bottom of spain) to the most northern point (Knivskjellodden). We want to plan it so that we end up in Norway in december time, purposely because it is going to be the most challenging. we want to reach Nord Kapp, then from there make our way to Knivskjellodden, we are expereinced hikers and good campers so treking through the snow from Honningsvag to the Nord Kapp and then to Knivskjellodden should be do able. But walking the whole way to honningsvag from more accessible settlements would take far too long. does anyone know of a way to get up there?

thank you,

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 8y

Do you mean the best route or mode of transport...bus, car, motorcycle?
There aren't that many routes, the main ones are from Alta in Norway and from Ivalo/Karasjok to Lakselv and then to Honningsvag.
Check this for onward transport.
I don't know if authorities will let you walk yourself, they won't even let you drive yourself

O, I guess you are experienced and well prepared and all that, but just to make sure: it is dark 24 hours and the temperatures more inland are around -15 degrees average, that is colder at night of course. Just to add and make sure;)

3. Posted by Melorious (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y

thanks Utrecht, I was sort of meaning both which is the best road/path and which is the best mode of transport. from what i could gather on your link the tour buses still run from honninsvag to north cape, but i know that you have to trek to the actual most northern point. Yeah i knew that the sunlight or rather lack of would be a problem, the cold isnt too big an issue, we would have the proper clothing and gear. my main question really was can you get to honningsvag in winter time across the mainland? once wer're there i am sure that if we need to i can find a guide that can help us get to the rest.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Melorious

my main question really was can you get to honningsvag in winter time across the mainland?

I can't find explicitly stated anywhere that it's open in the winter, however on wikipedia in Norwegian, it says

Europavei 69 mellom Skarsvåg og Nordkapp, ... er vinterstengt

, which basically means the road is closed in the winter, but this is only the last little stretch actually on Magerøya itself (the island Honningsvåg is on) from the looks of it.

Also found this blog post about a trip in the middle of winter where he mentions driving through the tunnel that takes you up to Magerøya.

Note though that if there is a storm, this tunnel and sea route will be closed off. Of course if there's a storm going on up there you might want to reconsider being there too; chilly for sure!

5. Posted by Melorious (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y

Yeah i had stumbled on that blog before too, in fact it was that blog that revived my hope that i might still be able to get there though they did it in feb i am hoping to do it a month and a half earlier. i know that some ships still go round there (honningsvag) in december so i know its got to be quasi tourity still and their is an optional bus to north cape, if there was a storm then yeah would be absolutley freezing, be a bit of a git having to wait by the tunnel until it passes too lol. do you think the snow plow runs through the tunnel all of winter?

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

That tunnel can be closed off on both sides if I'm not mistaken so they don't have to plow inside :) But yes, they would plow if doable I'm sure.

7. Posted by Melorious (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y

Well thank you for your help Sam I Am, I think I am going to have to email someone from up there and ask what is realistically possible. I just dont like the idea of a ferry, its too easy (and expenisive). although that being said if there was one that carried on to Svalbard then i might consider it ; ).

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Jan-2009, at 07:44 by Melorious ]