Silversea Luxury Cruises To HAMMERFEST

HAMMERFEST

More than 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the world's northernmost town is also one of the most widely visited and oldest places in northern Norway. "Hammerfest" means "mooring place" and refers to the natural harbor (remarkably free of ice year-round thanks to the Gulf Stream) that is formed by the crags in the mountain. Hammerfest is the gateway to the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean, a jumping-off point for Arctic expeditions. Once a hunting town, Hammerfest's town emblem features the polar bear. View more

In 1891 the residents of Hammerfest, tired of the months of darkness that winter always brought, decided to brighten their nights: they purchased a generator from Thomas Edison, and Hammerfest thus ecame the first city in Europe to have electric street lamps. In addition to two museums, there are several shops within Hammerfest's small city center. There is also a market selling souvenirs and other goods outside the town hall.

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LONDON (Tilbury) To STOCKHOLM
  • Departure
    Jun 12 2019
  • Duration
    22 Days
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    Silver Spirit
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LONDON (Tilbury) To COPENHAGEN
  • Departure
    Jun 12 2019
  • Duration
    15 Days
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    Silver Spirit
From US$ 7,900
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TROMSO To COPENHAGEN
  • Departure
    Jun 19 2019
  • Duration
    8 Days
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    Silver Spirit
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LONDON (Tower Bridge) To COPENHAGEN
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    Jun 22 2019
  • Duration
    14 Days
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    Silver Wind
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LONDON (Greenwich) To LONDON (Greenwich)
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    Jun 06 2020
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REYKJAVIK To LONDON (Greenwich)
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    Jun 18 2020
  • Duration
    15 Days
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    Silver Whisper
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Excursions in HAMMERFEST

E-bike Adventure

After a brief instruction you will begin your E-bike adventure with a stop at the Meridian Column.


Meridian Column

This marble column commemorated the first survey by a Russian scientist, which determined the arc of the global meridian to calculate the size and shape of the earth. This monument forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Struve Geodetic Arc.


Energy House

Continuing on, you will head for an internal visit of the Energy House. The Energy House was established on the site of the first power station in Northern Europe that produced electricity for street lighting back in 1891. This location presents the history, development of energy sources, and the production and use of energy, including the current gas and oil ventures.


Salen Viewpoint

Your final stop will take you to the viewpoint of mountain Salen (The Saddle), offering an impressive view over the bay and the neighboring islands of Sørøya and Seiland.


Please note: Participants must be at least 15 years of age, 150 cm tall, and children must be accompanied by an adult. It is recommended that guests dress in warm layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Participants need to know how to ride a bike and be physically fit to participate. It is required to receive the height of each guest prior to the tour departure, Concierge Staff on board will contact you prior to the call to have this information.

Finnmark Panoramic

Drive through the city center on your way to Fuglenes (Bird's peninsula), where we will take a closer look at the Meridian Column.


Meridian Column

The Column was raised to commemorate the measuring work carried out by the Russians, Swedish and Norwegian scientists, to determine the size and shape of the earth. These works ended in Hammerfest in 1852 and now is a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Struve Geodetic Arc.


Salen Viewpoint

Continuing on, you will make your way to the top of the Hammerfest town mountain, Salen (The Saddle). This mountain is approximately 80 m (262 feet) above sea level and offers a fantastic view over Hammerfest. On a clear day you can also see the neighboring islands of Sørøya and Seiland.


Skaidi Hotel

Experience the Arctic nature as we continue to Skaidi Hotel, which is conveniently situated in the middle of Norwegian Lapland at Skaidi. This charming hotel is strategically located in the center of a nature paradise, where two salmon rivers cross, and fishing is great. We will be served light refreshment as you relax by the fire place.


On your return drive you will learn more about the history and the way of life in the far north.


Please note: This tour involves very little walking, all of which is at guests' discretion at the photo stops. The majority of the time is spent on the coach. Restroom facilities are available at Skaidi Hotel. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair; however Salen viewpoint is not wheelchair accessible (gravel) but is optional. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.

Hammerfest & Sami Camp

Just a short drive away you will arrive at Mikkelgammen, a Sámi Camp with a traditional lavvu used by the nomadic Sami.


Mikkelgammen Sami Lavvu

Here you will be greeted by your hosts, Mikkel & Solveig, who will take you on a journey through the Sámi history, culture and everyday life of their people. You will also be invited to taste traditional Sámi food, such as dried reindeer meat, cloudberry jam and smoked salmon, while you experience the typical singing of the Sami, known as "yoiking".


Salen Viewpoint

The tour continues to the top of mountain Salen (the Saddle), about 80 m (262 feet) above sea level, where you will have a fantastic view over Hammerfest. On a clear day you can also see the neighboring islands of Sørøya and Seiland.


Meridian Column

As you head back toward the town center and on to Fuglenes (Bird's peninsula) you will take a closer look at the Meridian Column. The Column was raised to commemorate the work carried out by the Russians, Swedish and Norwegian scientists, to determine the size and shape of the earth. These works ended in Hammerfest in 1852.


Please note: This tour involves moderate walking on dirt and gravel paths involving uneven ground and gradual slopes, all of which is at guests' discretion at the Mikkelgammen Sami Lavvu. Restroom facilities are available at the Mikkelgammen Sami Lavvu. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, layered clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.

Hammerfest Past & Present

Discover the scenic beauty and landmarks of the world's northernmost town during this picturesque sightseeing tour through Hammerfest. You will also visit the highlights in Hammerfest including the Meridian Column, Hammerfest Church, the Museum of Reconstruction & Energy House.


Meridian Column

After 20 -minutes' drive you will reach the Meridian Column at Fuglenes (Bird's peninsula). The Column was raised to commemorate the measuring work carried out by the Russians, Swedish and Norwegian scientists, to determine the size and shape of the earth. These works ended in Hammerfest in 1852 and now is a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Struve Geodetic Arc.


Hammerfest Church

Continuing on, after 30 minutes' drive you will visit the Hammerfest Church located west of the Hammerfest market square. This Lutheran church was built in 1961 and is a striking example of modern architecture as it does not have an altar piece but a large painted glass picture. In the tent-shaped gable is a large stained-glass window by Jardar Lunde, of 8 m² /26 square feet. Next to the church you will find a little wooden chapel that survived World War II.


The Museum of Reconstruction

The Museum of Reconstruction of Finnmark and North-Troms invites you to an exciting and modern exhibition of the forced evacuation and 'scorched earth' policy in the two counties during World War II, and the post-war reconstruction of these counties. You will learn about how people adjusted to the forced evacuation and cave life during the arctic winter of 1944-1945.


The Energy House

The final stop, The Energy House, is an interactive center that explains natural gas extraction, which is bringing increasing wealth to Hammerfest today and alternative energy sources such as wind and tidal power. Coincidentally, it's on the site of northern Europe's first hydropower station, where hydroelectricity for the street lights was produced.


Afterward, re-board your coach for the brief return drive to the pier


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking of approx.200 mt (218 yards), with few steps to negotiate to board the coach and at the Church (there are also 20 optional steps at the Energy House). It is not recommended for guest with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Warm, comfortable clothing in layers is recommended. Local vehicles are utilized. Comfort stops available at the Museum & Energy House.Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.

Hike to Salen Viewpoint & Sami Camp

Make a brief stop at the Hammerfest church, before heading to the start of the Old Trail on the south side of the town, which was once the only way in and out of the city. Although the climb is rather steep, taking you from sea level to 80 meters, it is a short hike and several stops will be made along the way.


From the top of Salen (The Saddle) enjoy the spectacular view of the northernmost town and Arctic Ocean.


Mikkelgammen Sami Camp

Still walking at the top, you will arrive at Mikkelgammen, a Sámi Camp with a traditional lavvu used by the nomadic Sami. Here you will be greeted by your hosts, Mikkel & Solveig, who will take you on a journey through the Sámi history, culture and everyday life of their people. You will also be invited to taste traditional Sámi food, such as dried reindeer meat, cloudberry jam and smoked salmon, while you experience the typical singing of the Sami, known as "yoiking".


On your return trek you will take a new route along the historic Zig-Zag path back to the city center.


Please note: Participants must be in good physical condition. It is recommended that guests dress in warm layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable hiking shoes. The approximate 5 km r/t hike is on a dirt trail that involves uneven terrain with a rather steep incline in places and steps. Visibility of sights may be affected in adverse weather conditions.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.