Kulturbanken Galleri

Western Finnmark

Local artist Eva Arnesen designed the Nobel Peace Prize diploma that was awarded to Jody Williams and the campaign to ban landmines. Arnesen's paintings evoke the colours of the region, from the Northern Lights to the bright palette of summer, and you can see her work in this gallery in the town centre.

The handsome pair of carved and silvered polar bears on Rådhus Plass, and the sealskin chairs in the Royal & Ancient Polar Bear Society museum, were fashioned by her husband, woodcarver Knut Arnesen.

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1. Polar Bear Carvings

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This handsome pair of carved and silvered polar bears on Rådhus Plass were fashioned by woodcarver Knut Arnesen.

2. Royal & Ancient Polar Bear Society

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Dedicated to preserving Hammerfest culture, the Royal & Ancient Polar Bear Society (founded in 1963) features exhibits on Arctic hunting and local history…

3. Gjenreisningsmuseet

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Hammerfest's Reconstruction Museum is a great little museum, with particularly thoughtful and sensitive panels and captions (each section has a synopsis…

4. Statue of Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm

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Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm was a Hammerfest-born cook who accompanied Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen (among others) and ended up travelling on more polar…

5. Salen Hill

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For panoramic views over the town, coast and mountains (there's a free pair of binoculars for you to sweep the bay), climb Salen Hill (86m), topped by the…

6. St Michaels Catholic Church

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With a strong claim to being the world's most northerly Catholic church, St Michaels, serving a congregation of barely 90 souls, is immediately…

7. Hammerfest Kirke

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The design of Hammerfest's contemporary church, consecrated in 1961, was inspired by the racks used for drying fish in the salty sea air all across…

8. Arktisk Kulturhuset

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Hammerfest's newly minted Kulturhuset is worth a brief visit, simply to savour its striking architecture. Within, there's a theatre, a couple of cinemas…