Hammerfest, Norway

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A slice of traditional Norwegian life

A quaint Norwegian town in the north of the country that looks out onto the sea and is framed by snow-capped mountain ranges in the distance, Hammerfest is one of the best places from which to view a truly cosmic spectacle - the Northern Lights. As the aurora borealis fills the night sky with its colourful light show, there’s nothing otherworldly about this friendly and inviting town. There may be snow outside, but the people are incredibly warm and welcoming to visitors.

Hammerfest is also a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts with hiking opportunities aplenty and plenty of sea and freshwater fishing. Spread across three large islands and located close to the Seiland National Park as well as pristine fjords for which Norway is famed, the town is a haven for wildlife of all shapes and sizes. It’s also an important strategic location, thanks to the natural gas flowing underseas.

Its well worth a visit to the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society museum, where you can get a glimpse of Hammerfest’s past. On the Fuglenes peninsula, located across the harbour, you’ll find the foundations of the Skansen Fortress, which was a key site dating back to the Napoleonic Wars between Britain and France.


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