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    Hammerfest is the northernmost town on earth !

    by globetrott Written Sep 13, 2011

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    Hammerfest is the northernmost town on earth ! Of course there are lots of villages on earth that are further north but Hammerfest is the northernmost TOWN ! All of the town looks very modern and there is a sad reason for that :
    In the very last days of WW II the german troups, who had occupied Hammerfest during the war, left this place and burned down all of the houses and only a small wooden chapel on the cemetery has survived, simply because it was surrounded by a lot of graves and the flames did not reach this tiny chapel (my last pic!).
    This chapel was built in 1937 and is now the oldest building of Hammerfest.
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    Every day 2 Hurtigruten-ships will come to Hammerfest:
    The NORTHbound ship will dock from 05.15am till 06.45am
    and the SOUTHbound ship will stay there between 11.15am and 12.45pm,
    so in both cases you only have about 90 minutes to explore the town and normally that is also enough time to take a little walk and maybe do some shopping.
    Passangers who take the tour "Breakfast at the North-cape" on the southbound voyage
    will come back onboard their Hurtigruten-ship in Hammerfest !
    The cruiseterminal for ordinary cruiseships as well as for Hurtigruten-ships is conveniently in the centre of town, surrounded by some museums and lots of shops.

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    Do not forget the Luteran Church!

    by adema29 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I was trying many times to find it opened. Only few days before my last trip in Hammerfest I have seen it…
    It was not so impressive as I was prepared but I was surprised about another element... the similitude of the carved and painted figures from the Romanian Merry Cemetery Sapantza. It is almost the same naïve hand like there…
    The author was the local carpenter Knit Arnesen.
    And another element surprising me were the colours... so simple and different.
    And do not forget about the southern wall with its nice stained glass representing Jesus under His Father's eye... Pay attention at the shape of the cross. For me it looks like a pair of wings. Isn't it?

    The stained-glass southern wall The comparison with the Romanian Sapanta Cemetery The carved History of the church That wonderful carved friezes
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    Polar Bear Museum

    by Leipzig Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This museum is about the tradition of hunting, fishing as well as the Arctic wildlife.
    It is also seat of the "Royal Ancient Polar Bear Society ". You can join them as long as you have been at least once to Hammerfest.

    Polar Bear Museum
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    Gjenreisningsmuseet

    by globetrott Updated May 28, 2010

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    Gjenreisningsmuseet
    is a museum about the sadest part of the newer norwegian history : about the times of WW II, when the local population was expelled from most of their houses, the german troops occupied them for their own use and before they left the area at the end of WW II they burned down the whole town of Hammerfest and only a small chapel on the cemetery could survive the fire. In the museum you will also see the efforts that the polpulation had to do in order to rebuild everything.

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    The Polarbear Society

    by globetrott Updated May 28, 2010

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    The polarbear is shown in the coat of arms of Hammerfest and they also have a Polarbear-monument in the centre of town. They have a polarbear-society and against a small fee you can become a member of that society who tries to make sure that these rare animals can survive the modern times that are getting obviously much too warm for them to survive and find enough food.
    Opening hours: mon-fri: 09:00-15:00
    sat-sun: 10:00-14:00
    Entrance to the exhibition: FREE!

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    the Lutheran church

    by globetrott Updated May 28, 2010

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    The Lutheran church of Hammerfest
    is one of the main landmarks of this northernmost town on earth and you will see its special silhouette from quite a distance already, when getting closer to the port of Hammerfest by cruiseship. It is easy to walk there on the mainstreet of Hammerfest and close to this church you will also see the cemetery and also the museum about the time of the german ocupation of Hammerfest during WW II.

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    the interior of the Lutheran church

    by globetrott Updated May 28, 2010

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    Churches in Norway are mostly locked except for the church services in many places, but here in Hammerfest I was glad to find out that it was open for visitors. Its a modern church with some interesting colorful windows and I was surprised to see also a lot of local people there during the day around lunchtime.

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    Polarbears, puffins and more

    by globetrott Written May 27, 2010

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    Polarbears, puffins and a lot more of the localwildlife are shown in a small museum next to the place where the Hurtigruten- and also most of the other cruiseships will dock. That museum is free of charge and a great place to see these animals from a very short distance.

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    the oldest building of Hammerfest is from 1937

    by globetrott Updated May 27, 2010

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    This is the oldest building of Hammerfest dating back not further than to the year 1937. That sounds quite strange in the first moment but the reason for this takes us back to the last days of WW II, when the german troups, who had occupied Hammerfest during the war, left this place and burned down all of the houses and only this small wooden chapel on the cemetery has survived, simply because it was surrounded by a lot of graves and the flames did not reach this tiny chapel. The chapel is closed during the day, but I had a look inside through the windows, see my last photo.

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    The blue Music-pavillon

    by globetrott Updated May 27, 2010

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    The blue Music-pavillon
    was built at the place, where the Zig-Zag-path starts and it has the year 1789 and 1989 written on it, because it was built for the 200 year anniversary of the town of Hammerfest. It is a small pavillon, obviously ment as a safe place for the musicians performing their music in the sometimes lousy nordic weather-conditions. I really enjoyed these polar-bear decorations very much, Polarbears always look great in a zoo and in real nature, as long as they are in a big distance. The polarbear is also shown in the coat of arms of Hammerfest.

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    step up the mountain for a great view

    by globetrott Updated May 27, 2010

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    Siggsaggveien / the Zig-Zag-path
    starts not far from the port, where your cruiseship or Hurtigruten-ship will dock and that path is quite an easy path uphill to a place where you will have a great panorama-view of Hammerfest and the surrounding islands and peninsulas. The total walk takes maybe 30-40 minutes and includes also some places that you can look at on the way.
    Everything that you see on this page can be done easyly within the 90 minutes that you have for Hammerfest during the southbound voyage. Unfortunately I overslept the northbound stay there.

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    Dont miss the Nordic Lights / Aurora Borealis

    by globetrott Updated May 27, 2010

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    When getting to Hammerfest during the winterperiod there is another phenomenon of nature that you certainly shouldnot miss : In order to see the Nordic Lights (also called Aurora Borealis) you need to have a perfect combination of various situations:
    1) the sky has to be without clouds
    2) the sky needs to be dark, so you are able to see the reflections
    3) you need certain activities of the sun, that are sometimes stronger and sometimes weaker
    The way that I understood this is that these activities of the sun will happen all year long, but in summertime you cannot see them because of the bright sky.

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    I was never lucky to see the Northern Light myself
    so I took this photo of it painted in a mailbox in Hammerfest

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    Enjoy the Midnight-sun in Hammerfest !

    by globetrott Updated May 27, 2010

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    In summer it is best to get to Hammerfest during the time of the so-called "Midnight-Sun" ! In the Arctic summertime the sun is shining almost all day long and for more than 2 months you will even see the sunlight to never totally disappear and that is the time of the Midnight-Sun. The time of the Midnightsun varies of course and the further north you get the more days that time will last. Get on a large hill and watch the sun going down between 11.00pm and midnight and you will see that before touching the ocean the sun will start raising again.

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    Go to the museum...the Reconstruction one

    by adema29 Updated Sep 24, 2007

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    To be honest it is not the Louvre of Finnmark as I was expecting but I have forgotten for a moment that we are here, so far from our Europe and thinking in that way we can accept that Gjenreisningsmuseet is not so bad.
    In a way it is nice to see that somebody is trying to save the local history in a place like this. Nice visit and a view to the new history of the city…

    I have been working with one,and I am not so old :

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    Take a walk in September :)

    by adema29 Updated Sep 23, 2007

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    I have been down in the city especially for saying goodbye to everything. Starting from the Fountain, Churches, Salen and every house and shop window and kids playing around in the city. I did not realize that the autumn is already here in the city…
    I will let you enjoy the colours of September. This can be another reason for the people living here to remain here, the multitude of colours changing so fast and surprisingly

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