HammerfestNorway, 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.
- By air you fly to Hammerfest with the small aircraft of Widerøe from Tromsø. Due to a lot of oil traffic, getting a cheap seat is difficult.
- There are a couple of buses a day to Alta, from where you can get a cheap flight to Oslo with SAS Braathens or Norwegian .
- There is also a catamaran to Alta most days of the week. . The tour is highly scenic and recommended.
- The famous Hurtigruten calls at Hammerfest . It's about five hours to Honningsvåg and Nordkapp, and 12 hours to Tromsø.
- The Museum of Reconstruction tells the tale of the destruction of Hammerfest and the north in 1944-45, and the reconstruction after the war.
- The 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.
- The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Club is an exclusive club for anyone who's been to Hammerfest.
The Beer Festival - July
Music Festival - August
The Blue Season Festival: Concert Theatre Festival - November
Join the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Club.
Odds Mat- og Vinhus (Odd's Food and Wine)
Thon Hotel HammerfestThon Hotel Hammerfest is a full service hotel for business travellers, conference guests and vacationers. The hotel is in the city centre with a great view of the harbour adjacent the City hall.
Rica Hotel HammerfestIs another alternative.
phone: +47 78422010address: Skytterveien 24The hotel has 75 rooms, conference rooms, breakfast service, a sauna and a solarium. In a quiet area with hiking trails nearby.