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Introducing Hammerfest

Welcome to Norway's, and perhaps even the world's, northernmost town – other Norwegian communities, while further north, are, Hammerfest vigorously argues, too small to qualify as towns!

If you're arriving on the Hurtigruten coastal ferry, you'll have only 1½ hours to pace around, pick up an Arctic souvenir and scoff some fresh shrimp at the harbour. For most visitors that will be ample. The town's most unusual experience is to be found at the Royal & Ancient Polar Bear Society.