This day turn out to be an interesting one. It goes to show nothing is set on stone. In the wee hours of the night, we arrived in Hammerfest. The schedule stop is 5:15am - 6:45am. I woke up this morning, at 8am. We were still in Hammerfest. Were heard the loading dock door was not able to close. They had to fix it. We stayed till 2pm. EEEEEEEEEK. We end up skipping Havoysund, Kjollefjord, Mehamn, Berlevag, and Batsfjord. We ended up going straight to Honningsvag. Some people on the ferry had an excursion to go to the North Cape, which is the most northern point of Europe. We are doing that southbound to Honningsvag on 9/10/07.
Mum and I had breakfast; we sat with a physics professor with his wife. They were going to Prague, Czech Republic for a week and Hungary for a week after this trip.
They are going to fly out of Kirkeness on Saturday. i had thie norwegian goat cheese with eggs and toast.
Then we heard on the intercom that we were gonna stay another 2hrs. After we had breakfast, we went to get out jackets to outside for a walk. There was really nothing in Hammerfast to see. However, I saw people on top of a mountain. There was a tower and a cablin. There were plenty of polar bear logos in the store. Near the dock, there is a polar bear society club. We were gonna go back there when we get back. I hiked the top of the mountain called the “zig zag path” the people of Hammerfest built it. It took me about 10 mins to hike to the top. I spent about an hour there. I took panoramic picture of Hammerfest. It was a clear view. You can see “Haja” from the top. It is a mountain with plenty of bird life. When we left Hammerfest, I took a 3hr nap in my favorite lounge.
background view of haja
I uploaded my pictures and did some blogging.
Hammerfest, the northernmost town in the world, the town of trade in Finnmark, the gate towards the Barents Sea, the town for hunters and trappers.
These are a few of the many expressions that are supposed to tell you something about the little metropolis by the west coast of Finnmark, continuously in development, when it comes to both tourism and trade. The town is a big surprise for travellers. An Italian who walked through the town one evening, looked in the shop windows and expressed in amazement: "It's amazing! You have oranges and bananas here, and even GARLIC!!". It is also quite interesting to notice that there are more hairdressers per inhabitant in Hammerfest than in any other place in the country.
Trade development at the time there is great excitement regarding the development of the Snow White Project, where bringing gas ashore to Hammerfest will lead to a great development in the trade.
In August 2001, the 2500 square meter horse-riding centre "Hammerfest Staller AS" opened. Another hall for multiple use is also being built. When it comes to maritime development, is the Polarbase area housing most of the activity at the moment. Here are the new facilities to Norwegian Seafood, a salmon slaughterhouse, a cold storage plant, and others
Tourism The town is visited by about 200.000 travellers from all over the world each year, and up to 40 cruise vessels visit Hammerfest harbour during the summer season. In addition "Hurtigruten" has two calls every day all year around. At the town square during the summer, there is a lot of activity, and all kinds of languages can be heard.
The museum of reconstruction for Finnmark and North-Troms was opened in Hammerfest the summer of 1998, and has a modern and exciting exhibition, which shows the life in Finnmark and North Troms before and after teh second world war.
The museum is open between 11 AM and 2 PM, seven days a week, and opening hours are extended in the summer season. You can also find a "real" fifties shop.
The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society can be found nearby the town square, and is well worth visiting. Many celebrities from television or other media are carrying the Polar Bear Pin as a proof that they have been to Hammerfest. You have to visit the northernmost town in the world to get this membership. The society is open every day of the year.
On the top of the Salen Mountain you will find Mikkelgammen, a little Lappish cabin. Through a genuine interest for the Sami culture, Mikkelgammen has turned out to be one of the most attractive adventures in Hammerfest.
view from Salen Mountain
There you can be served traditional Sami food with home baked bread, and delicious coffee made over the bonfire.
Kvalsund County, 30 Kilometres from the centre of Hammerfest, has a unique nature, and is an attractive area for ski and snow mobile enthusiasts. Many people who live in Kvalsund work in Hammerfest, and many people who live in Hammerfest have cabins in Kvalsund. Here you will find Skaidi - a junction in Finnmark, about a 45-minute drive from Hammerfest.
What is it about this place that makes people from other countries and cultures be captured by our rough climate and naked landscape?
Accessibility It is quite convenient for the people of Hammerfest to know that Oslo only is a three-hour flight away.
The airport is trafficked by the airline Widerøe, which has about 7 flights to Tromsø every day. In this respect, Hammerfest
has the most flexible route pattern of all the Finnmark towns. As already mentioned, the coastal steamer, Hurtigruten, also docks in Hammerfest
twice a day, all year around, and in addition there are several express buses.