Established in 1789, Hammerfest is one of the world's northernmost towns, and has a unique history to share. This excursion starts with a visit to the Museum of Reconstruction for 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 effort to rebuild the region. Then you visit the Meridian Column, a UNESCO World Heritage site commemorating the first official measurement of Earth's exact size and shape.
Then you see the liquid natural gas refinery on the nearby island of Melkøya; it is the processing site for the 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 driven by hydropower. As you head up Mount Salen, you learn more about Hammerfest’s unique history dating back to the Viking Age. Atop Mount Salen you enjoy great views over the town and see your waiting ship.