This idyllic village is where our founder Richard With started Hurtigruten more than 120 years ago.
Stokmarknes is the settlement and administration center in Hadsel Municipality on the north side of the Hadseløya. Among the population of only 3,200 you will find people from 25 different nations, many of them attracted by job opportunities in the fishing industry.
This village also has the museum of Hurtigruten, offering a journey through time along the coast. See the changes that have been made on board the ships over the last 120 years, and hear darker tales of shipwrecks and loss of life, also part of Hurtigruten's history. Next to the museum you’ll find the old ship MS Finnmarken as an impressive landmark.
Stokmarknes was a privileged trading place starting as early as 1776, with annual markets from 1851 to 1939. It was the head seat for Vesteraalens Dampskipselskap, now Hurtigruten, from 1891 until 1988. The name Stokmark probably originates from an old Norwegian word meaning 'forest and a place for chopping timber'.