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HammerfestNorway

Outgoing and talkative locals with tall tales to tell make a visit to Hammerfest that bit more exciting.

Hammerfest is known as the world's northernmost town and was official recognised as such in 2009. The town is situated on Kvaløya island and is linked to the mainland by a bridge. The harbour is ice-free despite being located north of the Arctic circle.

Hammerfest is a town with a long history in the fishing trade. Pop by the tourist information office situated on the ferry quay for further information. If you are travelling with children, a visit to Hammerfest lekeland play centre is highly recommended.

When on holiday in Hammerfest, you should also visit Gjenreisningmuseet for Finnmark og Nord-Troms; a modern museum that tells the story of the evacuation, burning and rebuilding of the town during WWII. When visiting the town, make sure to put time aside to visit Hammerfest Church, which was constructed from concrete in 1961. Don’t forget to visit the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society, where you can learn more about the town's rich history as a hunting town.

If you want to see more of the local area, follow the majestic Gammelveien trail. Be careful not to miss the Meridianstøtten monument in the Fuglenes neighbourhood. From Hammerfest, you can also go fishing aboard a genuine fishing vessel if you want to experience the area at sea.

Hammerfest has its own airport with connections to several European cities. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to or from airports further south in Norway, and if travelling from the UK, you’ll need to make a stopover first. Hammerfest is one of the ports of call for the Hurtigruten cruise ships and you can easily visit the town as part of a journey to the North Cape.

There is plenty of Norwegian history in Hammerfest. You can learn about anything from the burning of the town during the war to its central role as a hunting town. Head out on the open sea and try your luck at fishing or sit down at a cafe and listen to a fairy tale or two.

Top hotels in Hammerfest

Smarthotel Hammerfest
Smarthotel Hammerfest
3 out of 5
Strandgata 32, Hammerfest
Free cancellation
The price is £87 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Located in the heart of Hammerfest, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Reconstruction of Finnmark and Northern Troms, Museum of Postwar Reconstruction ...

4.1/5Very Good! (179 reviews)
Business trip

"Arrived very late. Check-in fast. Room was clean and ready. Stayed two nights and check-out was easy. Very functional visit which just what I wanted. Good value for money."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019

Smarthotel Hammerfest
Scandic Hammerfest
Scandic Hammerfest
3.5 out of 5
Soeroeygata 15, Hammerfest
Free cancellation
The price is £95 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Located in the heart of Hammerfest, this hotel is steps away from Museum of Postwar Reconstruction (Gjenreisningsmuseet), Museum of Reconstruction of Finnmark ...

4.1/5Very Good! (192 reviews)
One of the best scandic

"The best hotel on our way up to the north. First time there were sort of separated rooms for us and children (with their private tv!). Breakfast was super, with a wonderful view."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2019

Scandic Hammerfest
Thon Hotel Hammerfest
Thon Hotel Hammerfest
3.5 out of 5
Strandgt. 2-4, Hammerfest
The price is £115 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Located in the heart of Hammerfest, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Reconstruction of Finnmark and Northern Troms, Museum of Postwar Reconstruction ...

4.2/5Excellent! (76 reviews)
great stay

"wonderful"…"

Reviewed on 9 May 2018

Thon Hotel Hammerfest
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Hammerfest

2 Bedroom Accommodation in Kårhamn
2 Bedroom Accommodation in Kårhamn
Kårhamn, Hammerfest, Troms og Finnmark

Situated in Hammerfest, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Sørøya and Seiland National Park. Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society (Isbjornklubben) ...

2 Bedroom Accommodation in Kårhamn
5 Star Holiday Home in Kokelv
5 Star Holiday Home in Kokelv
MASTERELV VEIEN 12, Kvalsund, Troms og Finnmark

Situated in Kvalsund, this holiday home is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Kokelv Coastal Sami Museum.

5 Star Holiday Home in Kokelv
Sørøya Havfiskecruise AS - Elfridastua
Sørøya Havfiskecruise AS - Elfridastua
3.5 out of 5
Holmeveien 15, Hasvik, Finnmark

Situated by the sea, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sørøya.

Sørøya Havfiskecruise AS - Elfridastua
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Hammerfest

Kvalsund Bridge
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Kvalsund Bridge

Bike, drive or walk across this suspension bridge to enjoy views of mountainous landscapes and to access the picturesque island of Kvaløya.

Kvalsund Church
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Kvalsund Church

A World War II survivor, this small parish church sits in the lap of a lush green countryside and overlooks Kvalsund’s fishing harbor.

Top things to do in Hammerfest

Hammerfest (HFT) to City Center to Airport - Private Transfer
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Hammerfest (HFT) to City Center to Airport - Private Transfer

£73
Per adult
Hammerfest Private Transfer from Hammerfest (HFT) Airport to City centre
Image for Hammerfest Private Transfer from Hammerfest (HFT) Airport to City centre

Hammerfest Private Transfer from Hammerfest (HFT) Airport to City centre

£86
Per adult

Cities near Hammerfest

Alta showing modern architecture

Alta

Kvalsund Bridge showing a suspension bridge or treetop walkway and general coastal views

Kvalsund