Hammerfest, the Northernmost town in the world – Hurtigruten land excursion

Hammerfest by Orjan Bertelsen, Hurtigruten

Established in 1789, Hammerfest is the northernmost town in the world.

This is an optional land excursion which you can add to your Hurtigruten cruise booked through Fjord Travel Norway. The land excursion will appear during the cruise booking process, with prices and details.

Meridian Column Hammerfest by Bjorn Geirr Harsson, Hurtigruten

Meridian Column in Hammerfest

On arrival here, the bus will take you to the Museum of Reconstruction for Finnmark and Northern Troms. The museum shows and impressive exhibition about World War II in Northern Norway and the massive efforts necessary to rebuild the region.
The next stop is the Meridian Column
, which is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites and commemorates the first official measurement of the exact size and shape of the Earth. From here you also have a spectacular view of the LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) refinery Melkoya and the Snohvit natural gas field.
The town of Hammerfest has a long, eventful history: back in 1891 it was the first town in northern Europe to get electric street lighting produced purely from hydropower. As you head up Mount Salen, you will learn more about Hammerfest’s unique history. Once at Salen’s peak, you can experience great views over the town and the waiting ship.
Before you return to the quay you will drive past the town church, which features unusual architecture inspired by fish flakes!

Visit of Hammerfest by Orjan Bertelsen, Hurtigruten

Visit to the church in Hammerfest

Practical information:

Duration: 1 hour 45 min
Transportation: Bus
Clothes/footwear: Warm clothing and warm shoes
Available: June 8 – April 8
Land excursion #8B

Hammerfest in winter by Gillian McDonald, Hurtigruten

Hammerfest in winter

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