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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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  • Hammerfest road

    By road

    Hammerfest can easily be reached by car. Coming from the south, take the E6 and come through the town of Alta. Follow the road to the north over a high plateau called Sennalandet. When you get to the junction in Skaidi, take the Rv94 over the Kvalsund Bridge and after about another hour you arrive in Hammerfest. Coming from the North Cape, just drive straight ahead along the Rv94.

    Amongst others there are direct public bus connections to Hammerfest from Skaidi (one hour), Alta (2,5 hours) and Honningsvåg (3,5 hours).

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  • Hammerfest boat

    By boat

    The most beautiful manner of getting to Hammerfest is probably to take the coastal steamer Hurtigruten. Most of the ships can take cars and come to town twice a day – one southbound and one northbound.

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  • Hammerfest plane

    By plane

    Hammerfest Airport is a regional airport at Prærien in Hammerfest which provides the town with connections to Tromsø, Alta, Honningsvåg and many other destinations in Finnmark.

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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.

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