Top Choice Museum in Hammerfest

Royal & Ancient Polar Bear Society

Dedicated to preserving Hammerfest culture, the Royal & Ancient Polar Bear Society (founded in 1963) features exhibits on Arctic hunting and local history and shares premises with the tourist office. For Nkr180,…
Top Choice Church in Hammerfest

Hammerfest Kirke

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 northern Norway. Behind the altar, the glorious stained-glass windo…
Gallery in Hammerfest

Kulturbanken Galleri

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 th…
Museum in Hammerfest


Hammerfest's Reconstruction Museum is a great little museum with particularly thoughtful and sensitive panels and captions (each section has a synopsis in English). It recounts the forced evacuation and decimation o…
Historic Site in Hammerfest

Meridian Monument

On the Fuglenes peninsula, just across the harbour, there's the Meridianstøtta, a marble column commemorating the first survey (1816–52) by Russian scientist Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve to determine the arc of th…
Viewpoint in Hammerfest

Salen Hill

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 Turistua restaurant, a couple of Sami turf huts and a lookou…
Church in Hammerfest

St Michaels Catholic Church

With a strong claim to being the world's most northerly Catholic church, St Michaels, serving a congregation of barely 90 souls, is immediately recognisable by the striking mosaic of the eponymous saint that extends…
Cultural Centre in Hammerfest


Hammerfest's recently completed Kulturhuset is worth a brief visit, simply to savour its striking architecture. Within, there's a theatre, a couple of cinemas and a small cafe that does a decent cup of coffee.
Statue in Hammerfest

Polar Bear Carvings

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