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Hammerfest, Norway

Hammerfest, Norway, lays claim to being the northernmost "town" in the world, with over 9,000 inhabitants at a latitude of 70° 39' 48". There are some villages farther north, but none larger than 2000 people.

Hammerfest

is one of the capitals of Sami (also known as Lapp or Lapplander) culture.

The first church in Hammerfest was built in the 17th. c. In 1789, Hammerfest was issued its city charter, to promote trade and prosperity in the north. In 1790, Hammerfest sent its first hunting expedition to Svalbard, and the city was a pioneer in arctic trapping, although Tromsø took over by around 1850. In 1809, British forces burned and sacked the city as part... Read more

Hammerfest, Norway

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Hammerfest, Norway, lays claim to being the northernmost "town" in the world, with over 9,000 inhabitants at a latitude of 70° 39' 48". There are some villages farther north, but none larger than 2000 people.

Hammerfest

is one of the capitals of Sami (also known as Lapp or Lapplander) culture.

The first church in Hammerfest was built in the 17th. c. In 1789, Hammerfest was issued its city charter, to promote trade and prosperity in the north. In 1790, Hammerfest sent its first hunting expedition to Svalbard, and the city was a pioneer in arctic trapping, although Tromsø took over by around 1850. In 1809, British forces burned and sacked the city as part of their blockade policy. During the 19th c., Hammerfest flourished as a minuscule trade center exporting fish to Russia. In 1891, a devastating fire flattened the city. As part of the reconstruction, the city was the first in Europe to install electric street lamps. In 1945, the city was again destroyed, this time as part of the German occupiers' scorched earth policy. Postwar prosperity was ensured by the big Findus fish processing factory, that is now history. At the turn of the millennium, Hammerfest became an important base for gas extraction.


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Hammerfest, Norway: Port Information


Ships usually dock at the pier, which is not far from the center of the town. Sometimes they dock at Fuglenes, about a mile away.
Besides, liners can anchor and transport cruise travelers ashore by tender boats to Hammerfest's center.

Get around Hammerfest, Norway


You can easily explore the center on foot. Taxis are also available.
There is a bus terminal in the town.

What to see in Hammerfest, Norway


Despite being the oldest city in the north of Norway, there is precious little history. The city was destroyed by the British in 1809, by a devastating fire in 1891 and by the Germans in 1945.

  • The Museum of Reconstruction

    tells the tale of the destruction of Hammerfest and the north in 1944-45, and the reconstruction after the war.
  • 1961

    Church of Hammerfest

    is striking and modern, yet warm and welcoming. The grave chapel next door was the only WWII survivor in town.
  • St. Michael's Church is the local Roman Catholic church, donated by German soldiers after WWII.

What to do in Hammerfest, Norway


  • Take a sightseeing tour of the town
  • Enjoy hiking and admiring the fantastic landscape
  • Fishing
  • Birdwatching
  • Try traditional Sami food

What to eat and drink in Hammerfest, Norway


There are many lovely dining options where you can try traditional Sami food or other cuisines.

Shopping in Hammerfest, Norway


There are many options to enjoy shopping: you can buy clothes, accessories, toys, handicrafts, various souvenirs, etc.

Safety in Hammerfest, Norway


The crime rate is low, and you are unlikely to experience any problems. However, you should always use your common sense and take usual precautions.
Nature is the main danger for tourists in Norway, so you should always follow the warnings.

Language spoken in Hammerfest, Norway


Norwegian and Sami are the official languages. English is widely spoken.

LOCAL TIME

5:42 am
October 24, 2020
Europe/Oslo

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