Mountain Hike in Hammerfest
Join a walking tour that follows a path through Hammerfest's past and up to the top of nearby Mount Salen for magnificent views of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding islands.
Join a guided walk and mountain hike in one of the northernmost towns in the world
See the distinctive parish church of Hammerfest
Pass through beautiful scenery and Hammerfest's only forest
View a magnificent panorama of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding islands atop Mount Salen
Autumn (Sep - Oct), Summer (Jun - Aug)
Level 4: Hard
1 hour, 30 minutes
Meals on the trip: Warm beverage and snack. Clothes/Footwear: Wear hiking shoes, and warm and wind-proof clothing. Recommended equipment: Backpack with water bottle, extra clothing, camera, and sunglasses. Guide will bring necessary safety equipment. Participants should be in good general health.
We begin our guided hike in the city of Hammerfest and pass by the distinctive parish church before heading for the slopes of Mount Salen. Hammerfest was established in 1789 at the site of an ancient anchorage. The first part of the name, 'Hammer', derives from the Old Norse word, 'Hamarr', which means 'steep mountainside'. The second part of the word, 'fest', comes from the Old Norse word, 'festr', which means 'fastening' (for boats).
On our way out of town, we follow Gammelveien (the old road), which is essentially a hiking path around Mount Salen and at one time the only way in and out of the city. During our ascent, we pass through Hammerfest’s only forest, Jansvannskogen. Reaching the mountain's summit demands good general physical fitness, but the stunning views are worth it. On a clear day you can see the islands of Melkøya, Sørøya, and Seiland. The route down follows a popular zigzag path to the town center, where we take a well-earned rest before heading back to the ship.