Cliff Monument, Honningsvag, Norway
When you come to the North Cape, stand on the edge of the cliff with the iconic globe monument closeby, and look to the Svalbard Islands: they're the only things separating you from the North Pole. Time your visit for a viewing of the Northern Lights — this is one of the best spots in the world to see them. Visit between October and March for the best chance of seeing these vibrant colors dance across the sky.
Two Puffins Standing on a Rock, Honningsvag, Norway
Just west of the North Cape, you'll find Gjesvaerstappan, one of the biggest bird cliffs in Norway. Nearly one million puffins live here, along with a plethora of other species, including gannets, kittwakes and northern fulmars.
You might be surprised to find this small northern town is home to excellent theater. The Perleporten Kulturhus puts on plays and musicals that will make you think you're on Broadway or in the West End.
In Honningsvag, menus reflect the long-held local fishing traditions, with King Crab as the star of the show. Tuck into one of the restaurants in the harbor area for distinctive seafood-inspired fare — king crab risotto, creamy fish soup and crispy cod tongues are some of the favorites.
Honningsvag has long attracted artists and craftspeople. Shops in the harbor area offer local handicrafts — you can find everything from indigenous Sami knitwear to fine silver jewelry traditional to Norway. Want to bring back something to hang on your wall? Check out one of the excellent art galleries.
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