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Review: Hammerfest

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Hammerfest, Norway

Land of the midnight sun - heat wave

  • By SilverTraveller Debs-age-is-just-a-number

    1 review

  • May 2013
  • Solo

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I have recently visited Hammerfest , the 'Northern Most ' town in Norway. A pretty town, most homes are costal although a few set back in the mountains. Norwegians are proud of their homes, flower ornaments and hearts, displayed at every window. There are 2 main hotels here The Rica where I stayed and the Thon.



A long bay stretches round Hammerfest, looking out across the Fijords. Small fishing and pleasure boats make up the marjority of the hustle and bustle around the bay, although serveral large seacrafts go back and forth going about their business. Norway does after all thrive on fishing and shipping industries.



This bay is perfect for the less able as the pavements are good and wide, all the way round .



The huge pleasure seeking Hurtigruten ferry arrives twice daily, setting your clock to the annoucement it makes from its huge ships horn .



Travellers mainly 'silverhaired' but a few youngsters in their 50's and 60's frequent the ferry that pit stops in and around the coast of Norway; In fact I think it followed me, when I arrived in Tromso, Bodo and Kirkeness!



The air in Norway is crisp and fresh, I have been here before when the snow is feet deep, but this experience in May was surrounded in glorious sunshine. Norways celebrations for Constitution day were fabulous, lots of traditional costumes 'Bunard' on the young and of course on 'The elderly and beautiful' , to quote from 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. Families gather for the day, a big party in the main sqaure, the Mayor gives a speech, brass bands play, and free hot dogs for all.



I did more hiking on this trip, less snow… and although the hikes are not suitablefor all, some do incline slowly and are fantastic photo opportunties. Norwegians love the tourists and cannot do enough to make your stay pleasurable.



Food and drink is expensive here so a planned budget is essential; however the trip is really a trip of a lifetime for views and scenery like no other….. during this time of year the sun really does set at midnight across the bay, it's spectacular, and it still remains light and bright after it has set.



There are museums depicting the past, from fishing to the Polar bear museum, when you can become an honorary member.



Long sunny peaceful interesting and relaxing days in Hammerfest.



I do hope you get to see for yourself.

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