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There are buses to almost all inhabited places in Western Finnmark, Norway - Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo/NordNorsk Reiseliv
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There are buses to almost all inhabited places in Western Finnmark, Norway Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo/NordNorsk Reiseliv

Getting to the North Cape and Western Finnmark

Fly into one of five airports in the North Cape and Western Finnmark, rent a car or use a network of public buses to get around.

By air

Western Finnmark has five airports: Alta (ALF), Hasvik (HAA), Hammerfest (HFT), Honningsvåg (HVG) and Lakselv (LKL).

  • Alta has several daily flights from Oslo, operated by SAS and Norwegian
  • Lakselv has direct flights from Oslo with Norwegian in summer
  • Hasvik, Hammerfest, Honningsvåg and Lakselv are served by Widerøe's STOL planes, with connections from Oslo via Tromsø or Alta

By bus

There are buses to almost all inhabited places in Western Finnmark. Departures are infrequent, however, and careful planning is essential.

Useful bus routes:

  • Alta–Hammerfest: 1–3 departures daily, 2.5 hours. Operated by Boreal 
  • Alta–Honningsvåg: 1–2 departures daily, 4 hours. Operated by Boreal 
  • Honningsvåg–North Cape: Various departures in the summer season. Off season, one daily departure to meet Hurtigruten in Honningsvåg. 
  • Alta–Karasjok: 1 bus daily, except Saturdays, 5 hours
  • Alta–Kirkenes: 3 weekly departures, 11 hours
  • Tromsø–Alta: 1 bus daily, 6.5 hours

The Finnish bus company Eskelisen Lapin Linjat operates bus routes from Rovaniemi to Karasjok all year round. In the summer, they also operate routes to Alta and the North Cape.

By sea

Roads, bridges and tunnels have replaced a lot of boat traffic on the coast of Western Finnmark. However, those that remain are great for holiday trips.

  • Hurtigruten calls at Øksfjord, Hammerfest, Havøysund and Honningsvåg. Many people take the Hurtigruten from Tromsø to Hammerfest or to the North Cape/Honningsvåg. Departure from Tromsø in the evening, arrival in Hammerfest in the early morning and Honningsvåg at dinner time. The return to Tromsø is as practical: Departure from Honningsvåg in the early morning, from Hammerfest at dinner time, and arrival in Tromsø before midnight. 
  • Hasvik municipality is reached by ferry from Øksfjord. 
  • From Hammerfest and Havøysund, there are local ferries to the tiny communities on the islands. There are a few hiking trails, but you can also take them just for the ride

By car

Road conditions are good in Western Finnmark, and motorists encounter few problems. Mountain passes may close for short periods in winter.  

  • Tromsø–Alta: 309 kilometres (192 miles), 5 hours, including two ferry crossings
  • Alta–Hammerfest: 141 kilometres (88 miles), 2 hours
  • Alta–Honningsvåg: 208 kilometres (129 miles), 3 hours
  • Honningsvåg–North Cape: 34 kilometres (24 miles), 30 minutes (Note: Scheduled convoys for the last 19 kilometres (12 miles) in winter)
  • Honningsvåg–Lakselv: 163 kilometres (101 miles), 2+ hours
  • Havøysund National Tourist Route: 81 kilometres (50 miles), 1.5 hours from Smørfjord/E69
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There are buses to almost all inhabited places in Western Finnmark, Norway - Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo/NordNorsk Reiseliv

Getting to the North Cape and Western Finnmark

Fly into one of five airports in the North Cape and Western Finnmark, rent a car or use a network of public buses to get around.

Getting to the North Cape and Western Finnmark

Source: Visitnorway

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