Welcome to Hammerfest, the northernmost town in the world! In Hammerfest, this micro metropolis in the Arctic, tradition meets modern spirit. The town is a typical reconstruction town, where contemporary architecture is replacing post Second World War reconstruction buildings. Visitors can experience Hammerfest by strolling through the town or visiting its museums. From the early “Pomor” trade with Russia, to a town completely lost in flames, a rich tradition of Arctic hunting and fishing and, more recently, industrial development in energy and gas: Hammerfest bears a unique and exciting history. Hammerfest also offers great hiking trips, beautiful scenery and untouched nature.
What to see & do in Hammerfest
Historic sights of Hammerfest
The exhibition at the Museum of Reconstruction for Finnmark and Northern Troms aims to convey the poignancy of the dramatic events of the Second World War: the forced evacuation, the scorched-earth tactics and the reconstruction of Finnmark and Northern Troms. Never had a war had such dire consequences for our country.
The Polar Bear Society has an exhibition showing the town’s proud traditions of hunting and fishing, trade and exploration in Arctic areas. You can round off your visit by signing up for membership of the society and receiving the exclusive polar bear pin.
The Meridian Column marks the northernmost survey point of the “Struve Geodetic Arc,” a scientific project from the 19th century to determine the size and shape of the earth. This project has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2005.
Who is this destination suitable for?
Hammerfest is one of the oldest towns in Northern Norway and has a lot of history and culture. Moreover, this urban town in the middle of nowhere has nature and scenic mountaintops right on its doorstep. You do not have to walk far to get out of the city and be surrounded by beautiful untouched nature. Hammerfest has the best of both worlds. The cuisine in Hammerfest also has great variation and offers something from all corners of the world, including local restaurants serving local food. Hammerfest is perfect if you want to experience stunning nature while having the modern comforts of urban life nearby.