Do not forget the Luteran Church!
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?
- Religious Travel
Polar Bear Museum
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.
- Museum Visits
Go to the museum...the Reconstruction one
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…
Take a walk in September :)
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
The Hammerfest Chapel...That Chapel
It was the only building standing after the Second World War...It was maybe the soul of the future new city.
The location is on the quiet plateau lying near Lutheran church on the south side of Hammerfest.
I have done only some photos because I am still an adept of the idea that the Cemetery is not a tourist attraction. Or at least it shouldn't be considered like this...
If you know when the Chapel has been built... please give me a message. I was digging a lot of time for that date and... nothing yet.
I do not know why I did not find here tourists with their cameras...? It is something bad with this church? I have been there after the "Sunday School" and I have found there a family with a very nice small girl cleaning around after the courses. The atmosphere was a little bit more human than in the Gothic European Cathedrals… I have appreciated here the simplicity. And of course the reproduction after The Last Supper, the only element decorating the interior, with the exception of the “flag” …you can see both of them in my pictures.
What about a look in the Catholic Church?
St. Michael's Catholic church is situated close to the city center. It is considered the world's northernmost Catholic church. It was built in 1958 and is very easy to feel here that special atmosphere from all the Catholic Churches all over the world.
It will be easy to recognise the Church due to the statue in the front and the mosaic with St. George on the wall facing the street.
Looking to my photos you will be able at least to recognise the place :)
- Religious Travel
Go to Skansen
You will not find very easy information about that point of interest. I do not know why they have forgotten so easy that place...
This cannon is the last one remained on position from the Napoleonic wars. It seems that the gun was celebrating 15 years ago the… bicentenary.
You cannot leave the Hammerfest without visiting that place. It is a very important part of the city's history and it represents the northern end of the Struve's arc. You can find the full details about it, if you are a good norwegian speaker, on the information panel posted near the column :)
Ride a bike to Forsol
It will be a good idea to ride a bike to Forsol. This is a small village, which is considered to be part of Hammerfest. I could not believe that nowadays a place like this can still exist. Quiet and peaceful. Seagulls and kids playing on the streets made the only noise I have heard here.
No more than 40 houses almost at the end of the world.
Walking around Hammerfest
You must have a trip to Tjuven not just because it seems to be the highest mountain on Kvaloya, but the view over Hammerfest and Ripefjord is unique... if you will be lucky to catch a day without clouds or fog.
In middle of June we have still found a lot of snow on the valleys up there.
You need about three or four hours for that trip and you will never regret it.
- Hiking and Walking
Fishing at midnight in broad daylight is pretty unusual - plus you get to bring your catch home (although we caught so much we threw most of it back) for dinner the next day. If you're lucky & in Hammerfest at the right time of year (mid June is best) you may get to see the midnight sun too.
Along the road toward Hammerfest is very common to see wild reindeers to cross the road. It is a great opportunity to have a photo, but pay attention with the cars because they cross the road suddently!!!
Royal & Ancient Polar Bear Society
The Royal & Ancient Polar Bear Society is a society who want to preserve the Hammerfest's culture and it offers some interesting shows about the hunting in the Finnmark and about the local history. In front of the building there are two nice big white bears!!!
- Arts and Culture
During its long life of town, Hammerfest has got five church which were destroyed by fire. The modern church was built in in July 1961 by Hans Magnus.
Inside the church you can see a very interesting stained glass on the pulpit made by Jardar Lunde. The stained glass illustrates the basics of the Christian faith, God Eternal's, Christ's vicotry on the cross and the Holy Spirit.
- Arts and Culture
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