Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Hammerfest


A couple of blocks back from the waterfront, Redrum, with its attractive contemporary decor and flickering candles, saves its energy for weekend wildness, when there's regularly live music. To the rear, there's a de…
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…
Cafe in Hammerfest

Qa Spiseri

Just off Sjøgata and run by a young team, this popular place offers reliable cuisine with a great price-to-quality ratio. There's a choice of Norwegian, Italian and Thai dishes.
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…
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…
Pub Food in Hammerfest


The Quayside is a popular pub that serves pizzas and other snacks. Nautically themed (the backdrop to the bar represents old Hammerfest's dockside, and sail canvases billow beneath the ceiling), it has comfy sofas i…
Cafe in Hammerfest

Ellens Café

Upstairs from the Coop Supermarket, this is an unpretentious, inexpensive cafeteria.
Norwegian in Hammerfest

Skansen Mat og Vinstue

A cut above most of the other restaurants in town, the Rica Hotel's Skansen Mat og Vinstue serves up fine local specialities such as king-crab soup or reindeer stew. Sea views are thrown in for good measure.
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…