Of the tours offered from Honningsvåg’s harbour, Destinasjon 71° Nord’s three-and-a-half-hour king crab safari (t47 28 93 20, w71-nord.no; 995kr), departing several times daily in the summertime, is the most engaging. The Zodiac-based excursion explores the traps in the Sarnesfjorden – the crabs in this region can measure up to 2m in length and weigh some 10kg – before heading to land to prepare what you’ve caught. Another option is a bird safari to the Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve located on the opposite side of Magerøya island. The two-hour tour (t41 61 39 83, wbirdsafari.com) departs Honningsvåg for the ten-minute boat ride, from which you’ll be able to view one of the country’s largest collections of puffins, kittiwakes and other migratory birds who nest up here between April and September. There are between one and three departures daily from May to August.

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