Established in 1789, Hammerfest is one of the world´s northernmost towns, with a lot of unique history to share. This excursion starts with a visit to the Museum of Reconstruction of Finnmark and Northern Troms. The museum features an impressive exhibition about the impact World War II had on Northern Norway and the massive post-war efforts to rebuild the region. Our next stop is the Meridian Column, a UNESCO World Heritage site commemorating the first official measurement of the earth´s exact size and shape.
From here, we have a spectacular view of the liquid natural gas (LNG) refinery on the nearby island of Melkøya, the processing site for natural gas produced from the Snøhvit offshore field in the Barents Sea. The town of Hammerfest has a long, eventful history. Back in 1891, for example, it was the first town in northern Europe to get electric street lighting run on hydropower. As we head up Mount Salen, you learn more about Hammerfest’s unique history dating back to the Viking Age. Atop Salen we enjoy great views over the town and our waiting ship.