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Hammerfest, the Northernmost town in the world – Hurtigruten land excursion

Hammerfest church. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel NorwayEstablished in 1789, Hammerfest is the northernmost town in the world.

This is an optional land excursion which you can add to your Hurtigruten cruise booked through Fjord Travel Norway. The land excursion will appear during the cruise booking process, with prices and details.

On arrival here, the bus will take you to the Meridian Column, which is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites and commemorates the first official measurement of the exact size and shape of the Earth. From here you also have a spectacular view of Melkoya and the Snohvit field (LNG).

The town of Hammerfest has a long, eventful history: back in 1891 it was the first town in northern Europe to get electric street lighting produced purely from water power. As you head up Mount Salen, you will learn more about Hammerfest’s unique history, whilst also getting an insight into both Sami history and culture and Europe’s first LNG factory (Liquid Natural Gas). Once at Salen’s peak, you can experience great views over the town and the waiting ship.

Before you return to the quay you will drive past the town church, which features unusual architecture inspired by fish flakes!

Practical info:

Hammerfest pier. Photo by Johan Berghagen, VisitNorway

Hammerfest pier

Duration: 1 hour
Transportation: Bus
Clothes/footwear: Warm clothing and warm shoes
Available: November 1- March 15 and May 1- September 15
Land excursion #8B

Available on the Hurtigruten cruise package:
Cruise package Oslo-Kirkenes-Bergen, 8 nights

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