Hammerfest is one of the municipalities of Finnmark County, in Norway. Hammerfest is the administrative hub of the town. A few of the major villages in the area include Karhamn, Akkarfjord, Honsebybotn, Forsol, and Rypefjord.
The municipality covers parts of three big islands: Seiland, Soroya, and Kvaloya. Some of the littler islands like Kamoya and Lille Kamoya are also situated there. The majority of the municipality does not have a connection to the rest of Norway by road. Just Kvaloya Island is linked up with the rest of Norway with the Kvalsund Bridge.
Economy and Tourism
There was a big liquefied natural gas site built on Melkoya, an island. Melkoya is right off of Hammerfest. It was designed to process natural gas from Snohvit. It is the costliest construction project ever done in the history of the entire region of Northern Norway. This new project caused a major economic upswing and a brand new attitude of optimism and opportunity in the area. In contrast, a number of other municipalities in Finnmark are currently experiencing an economic downturn and negative population growth. There have been a few minor hitches with the project, like soot and smoke pollution during the first production phases. Snohvit is actually the first export facility for liquefied natural gas in all of Europe.
Hammrefest has commercial and sport fishing, both freshwater and from the sea, as well as scuba diving. Yes, you can go scuba diving in Northern Norway. No, you won’t freeze to death. The northernmost glacier on the mainland of Norway is a popular destination for hiking. The town is a major starting point for tours of Northern Norway. There is a boat that goes to the North Cape daily.
Hammerfest is a major center of Sami culture, as well. Hammerfest is the site of the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society. It is a museum that shows the history of hunting in the Arctic.
An American author that visited Hammerfest, Bill Bryson, documented his travels in a book called Neither Here Nor There. He said that he visited the area to see the Northern Lights, and that he thought the town was so “engrossing” that it began to feel like home. Don’t you want to visit a town like that? Seeing the Northern Lights is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the town of Hammerfest has a whole lot more than that to offer.
Hammerfest Photo Gallery
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