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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…
Top Choice Cafe in Hammerfest

Redrum

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 Norwegian in Alta

Restaurant Haldde

This quality restaurant within Thon Hotel Vica relies almost entirely upon local ingredients in the preparation of choice dishes such as reindeer steak, grilled stockfish and its Flavour of Finnmark dessert of cloud…
Museum in Alta

Alta Museum

This superb museum is in Hjemmeluft, at the western end of town. It features exhibits and displays on Sami culture, Finnmark military history, the Alta hydro-electric project and the aurora borealis (northern lights…
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…
Church in Alta

Northern Lights Cathedral

Opened in 2013, the daringly designed Northern Lights Cathedral, next to the Rica Hotel Alta, promises to be one of the architectural icons of the north, with its swirling pyramid structure clad in rippling titanium…
Museum in Kåfjord

Tirpitz Museum

Kåfjord's Tirpitz Museum, commemorating the Tirpitz, once the world's largest battleship, is the achievement of local resident Even Blomkvist, who has single-handedly collected, bought, begged and borrowed the artef…
Cafe in Alta

Alfa-Omega

As its name suggests, this place has two parts: Omega, its contemporary cafe, open 11am to midnight, serves salads, sandwiches, pastas and cakes. Sink your teeth into its hugely popular Ole Mattis reindeer steak san…
Museum in Hammerfest

Gjenreisningsmuseet

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…