Enjoy an exhilarating hike up Mount Salen, passing through Hammerfest’s only forest on your way up to the peak for panoramic views.
Take a guided mountain hike from one of the northernmost towns in the world
See the distinctive parish church of Hammerfest on your way out of town
Follow the ‘Old Way’ hiking path through the only forest in Hammerfest
Get a magnificent view of the area and outlying islands from the mountain’s peak
Level 4: Good physical condition.
1 hour 30 min
We recommend bringing a backpack with a water bottle, extra clothing, camera, and sunglasses.
Take a guided hike up Mount Salen, a mountain that rises above one of the world’s northernmost towns, Hammerfest. As we make our way out of town to the base of the mountain, we’ll pass the distinctive parish church.
To get to the top of the mountain, we’ll take “Gammelveien” (“Old Way”), a hiking path that winds around the mountain. In the earlier days, this was the only way to get into town. On our way up, the path will take us beneath the canopy of Hammerfest's only forest, Jansvannskogen.
A bid for the mountain’s peak requires a good level of fitness, but the panoramas from the viewpoint are certainly worth the effort. On a clear day, you can enjoy incredible views of the islands Melkøya, Sørøya, and Seiland down below. Once you’ve taken in the scenery, we’ll take a zigzag path back to the town centre for a well-earned rest.