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On the roof of the town Salenfjellet, you will find both a Turistua restaurant and the Varden lookout tower. The top of the mountain can be reached, for example, from the centre via the zigzag path (Sikksakkveien). There is an excellent view across the surrounding islands.


At the top of the town mountain Salen, right above the centre of Hammerfest is the Mikkelgammen. This is a darfegoathi or Sami peat hut, built just as resident Sami people have made them since time immemorial. This type of building has traditionally been used as a more permanent dwelling than the now common lavvo or Sami tent. During the summer you can walk up from the town centre via Sikksakkveien in about 10 minutes.

Salenfjellet, turistua


This is a museum exhibiting Hammerfest´s long history and proud tradition of Arctic hunting and fishing. There are exhibits of stuffed polar bears, seals, lynx, puffins, wolves etc. Membership of this exclusive and world famous society is available by payment of a one-off fee. The only criteria for joining is to have visited Hammerfest. Members receive a diploma, membership card, stickers, statues and the famous polar Bear pin in silver and enamel.

turistua, hammerfest

The Worl´s northernmost city, Hammerfest, received its city status on 17 July 1789. In 1891, it was the first city in Europe with electric street lighting. The same year, large sections of the city was ravaged by fire. In fellowship with Vardø, Hammerfest is Northern Norway´s oldest city. Hammerfest muncipality has approximately 10.000 inhabitants and covers a area of 847 km2. Hammerfest lies on parts of Sørøya, Kalvøya and Seiland.

The Costal Express has daily departures. The landscape in Hammerfest and Kvalsund is varied, from alpine terrain to broad, cultivated shorelines and the nature is both beautiful and easily available.


Between the years 1981-1984, the gas fields Askeladden, Albatross and Snøhvit were found about 130 km northwest of Sørøya. These fields contain almost 10% of Norway´s detected gas reserves. The Snøhvit project, comprising offshore installations, cabling and an LNG factory on Melkøya near Hammerfest, will be northern Norway´s largest investment project ever.

Ice fishing. Snow scooter trips to areas with many fishing lakes where both trout and char can be caught.

Sea fishing. An all year round activity in which the tour goes by fishing boat to the surrounding islands. You can also cook and serve your own catch on board.

Fresh water fishing. Fish in several hundred different lakes both in the Hammerfest area and further inland. You have the opportunity of fishing in the Repparfjord River, one of Norway´s best salmon rivers.


Hammerfest and Kvalsund Golfclub is a golf course with 6 holes and a variation of difficulties. The course lies approximately 50 km from Hammerfest and 7 km from Skaidi.