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People walking along the sea in Hammerfest
Håja, Hammerfest.
Photo: Ziggi Wantuch / Hammerfest Turist

The world’s northernmost town

An urban surprise along a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an arctic town full of life and outdoor adventures.

View over Forsøl in Hammerfest.
Photo: Zbigniew "Ziggi" Wantuch Photography
Mikkelgammen, Hammerfest
A different experience at Mikkelgammen.
Photo: Zbigniew "Ziggi" Wantuch Photography
Salen, Hammerfest
The viewpoint Salen in Hammerfest.
Photo: Zbigniew "Ziggi" Wantuch Photography
Hammerfest by night.
Photo: Hammerfest Turist

Getting here and around

Get in-depth travel information on Hammerfest's official website.

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Seasons and climate

Hammerfest has no permafrost, in spite of the extreme northern location, as the annual temperature is approximately 2 °C (36 °F). The temperatures varies from an average −5 °C (23 °F) in January to 11 °C (52 °F) in July.

The driest months are May, June, and July; with on average of 50 millimetres (2.0 in) of rainfall. The wettest period is October through December.

During the summer months, there is continuous daylight, while during winter, the sun does not rise above the horizon. Read more about the midnight sun.

Get the latest weather forecast on yr.no.

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