The road out to Havøysund is fascinatingly varied and even though it is only a couple of hundred metres above sea level at the highest point, you get the feeling of driving above the tree line. Parts of the road traverse a barren rocky landscape with the Arctic Ocean on one side and rugged outcrops on the other. The landscape is stark and dramatic and there are few signs other than the road to show that anyone has ventured here before. But in the middle of this apparently barren land you can actually spot both sea eagles and reindeer. The drive offers a varied and thrilling experience that is without comparison – with a picturesque, unique final stop. The little fishing village of Havøysund located at 71° north is literally the end of the road. The village suddenly pops up, taking you by surprise. Strange to think that there is a viable community situated at the spot where the northernmost point of the Norwegian Scenic Route ends on the edge of the ocean. That is quite something.


For several hundred years people have defied wind and weather and clung to the outermost point of the coast of Finnmark, but it was only at the end of the Second World War that Havøysund became an important fishing community. There was a large fishing fleet consisting of everything from small fishing smacks to large trawlers, and fish landing stations and fish processing plants were established there.


The ocean and fisheries have been the principal industry for people living in the North, and deep-sea fishing also attracts many people to the area. This stretch is also perfect for those who want to cycle in an extraordinary landscape. The Havøysund plateau is just as far north, but it gets far fewer visitors than the North Cape. Here on the edge of the Barents Sea you can experience the midnight sun in summer and the northern lights in winter.


The road to Havøysund runs mostly along the coast, but with a few short and steep hills across the fell. The route offers a number of nice places to stop such as the rest area at Lillefjord, and Selvika. The geology is quite unique and the route should probably be cycled in the direction towards Havøysund. From here you can take the Hurtigruta Coastal Express to Honningsvåg, and cycle from there to the Nordkapp plateau. Then you will also steer clear of the Nordkapp Tunnel and the Honningsvåg Tunnel.

It is possible to combine Norwegian Scenic Route Havøysund with National Cycle Route 1, which runs along the entire coast of Norway. From Bergen to Nordkapp the route also coincides with the EuroVelo 1 «Atlantic Coast Route». The route is not signposted as a cycle route.


The coastal settlement at Havøysund marks the end of the Scenic Route and is a beautiful area with wild and dramatic scenery. A mere half-hour walk from Havøysund can take you to the island's highest point, Havøygavlen, with views towards the Arctic Ocean, Rolvsøya and Ingøya. On your way up you will pass the windmill park which was established here in 2002. Storvika is also an easy hike from Havøysund, taking you out to cliffs and skerries in the weather-beaten landscape on the southwestern part of the Havøya island. In the northeast of the island you will find the historic Russehula cave. The truly adventurous should take a boat from Havøysund to Ingøya and explore the mountains there.

Sukkertoppen and Nipen are popular hiking destinations in the rocky landscape south of Havøysund. From Sukkertoppen you can see across to Porsanger, the North Cape and far out into the Barents Sea. An easier hike that most people will enjoy is the trail out to Trollfjordneset where you can enjoy your thermos coffee and the view down by the shore.

You will find more great roadside hikes in the Outdooractive hiking guide.

Norwegian Scenic Route Havøysund runs from Kokelv to Havøysund, a total distance of 67 km (Road 889). The Hurtigruten coastal express calls at Havøysund daily. This allows you to plan round trips combining several national tourist routes. You can also extend the trip by taking a boat to Rolvsøy and Ingøya further north in the Arctic Ocean.

You can also extend the trip by taking the Måsøy express boat (Måsøyekspressen) to the Rolvsøy (Gunnarnes quay), Ingøya or Måsøya islands. It is definitely worth the trip. If you want to go to Måsøya, you have to telephone 480 23 948 and let them know that you are taking the boat to Måsøy or that you need to be picked up there.

In the menu below you will find useful links that we hope will be helpful. For more tourist information, please contact local and regional tourist agents.

Travelling by electric car? Map of EV charging points in Havøysund.

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