Hammerfest's Top Five
Collected by David Nikel, AFAR Local Expert
Corn Moes gate 9600, 9600 Hammerfest, Norway
The main parish church of Hammerfest is easily the most distinctive building in the town. Its long shape, angled walls and tall tower are reminiscent of Tromsø’s Arctic Cathedral, both built in the 1960s. The building holds valuable items salvaged...
Industrigata 5, 9600 Hammerfest, Norway
Hammerfest is home to the northernmost of 34 commemorative points on the famous geographical survey chain, the Struve Geodetic Arc. The 2,820-kilometer (1,752-mile) chain of survey stations was established in the 19th century to help understand...
Kirkegata 19, 9600 Hammerfest, Norway
One of the tragedies of World War II was the almost complete destruction of northern Norway as the retreating Nazi military set towns ablaze to delay the Soviet armies from pursuing them. Hammerfest was hit especially hard—only the small chapel...
Hamnegata 3, 9600 Hammerfest, Norway
Despite the name of this society, you won’t find any real polar bears in Hammerfest. Yet to honor its location as the world’s northernmost city, Hammerfest long ago adopted the polar bear as a mascot. The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society runs...
Altaveien 19, 9518 Alta, Norway
Experience a seldom seen side of the arctic with a trip to the Alta Museum. Surrounded by unspoiled arctic scenery and pine forests, the Alta Museum explores the unique culture of the indigenous Sami people through exhibits and prehistoric rock...
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