Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard

1 Hammerfest

Full of energy

Hammerfest is the world’s northernmost city, but is actually much more than that. Located at latitude 70 °N, the keyword is energy.

Hammerfest has a unique and fascinating history, from the period of prosperity when trade with Russia provided good incomes, via World War II that left the city to ruins to the oil and gas adventure the city is now experiencing.

In 1981 a significant natural gas field, Snøhvit (Snow White), was discovered off the coast of Hammerfest. In 2007 the first gas was pumped from the seafloor, and the production of liquefied natural gas could start. The gas flame at the production plant has become the symbol of prosperity for a city that has experienced amazing growth in a short space of time.

But it did not start there. The church was built way back in 1684 and Hammerfest gained town status around 100 years later. An important milestone was achieved in 1891 when Hammerfest became the first urban settlement in Norway, and one of the first in Europe, to gain electrical street lighting.

This is a common theme in the shore excursions Hammerfest has on offer. At the site of Northern Europe’s first hydro electric power station visitors may experience Hammerfest’s history of energy at the Energy House.

The history of the burning to the ground of Finnmark, and subsequent forced evacuation and reconstruction, is expertly presented at The Museum of Reconstruction. “But the most popular attraction is the Polar Bear Society where you may become a member of this unique society,” says the General Manager of Hammerfest Turist, Knut-Arne Iversen.

From 2013 cruise passengers who visit the world’s northernmost city, full of energy, will be offered a new product; a cycle tour with a difference through Hammerfest, while your guide informs about the city’s history and industry. You don’t have to cycle up the hills yourself – the bikes are powered by small electric motors so the guests can genuinely relate to the history…

Cruise Port Hammerfest
Number of calls 2012 (2013) (2014): 18 (22) (20) Estimate 2014: 16
Unique Selling Points: The Polar Bear Society
Shorex contact: Hammerfest Turist, Christian Dederichs,

Product Manual 2015/16: Hammerfest

Port information (Source: Cruise Norway)
PORT OF Hammerfest
Distance to nearest pilot station nautical miles/Hours:
At pier 1 and 2, 0.43 nm from pier 9
Visiting address: Hamnegata 1
Mailing address: POB. 123, NO-9615 Hammerfest, Norway
Phone /Fax: +47 78 40 74 02 / +47 78 40 74 03

Visiting address: Hamnegata 3
Distance from port: At pier 1 and 2, 2.4 km from pier 9
Mailing address: POB. 504, NO-9615 Hammerfest
Phone / Fax: +47 78 41 21 85

Guide Service: English, German, Norwegian/ 10 to 15 guides
Terminal/Restrooms in pier area: Yes, at pier 1 and 2
Shuttle bus: Yes
Parking place for buses: Yes, 20m
Taxi: Yes
Rental cars: Yes
Public transportation: Yes
Shopping: 50m from pier 1 and 2, 2.4 km from pier 9
Local currency: NOK
ATM: Yes, 150 m from pier 1 and 2, 2.4 km from pier 9
Currency exchange: No
Tax refund: No
Public telephones in pier area: Yes
Internet Access in pier area: Yes
Mailboxes in pier area: Yes
Distances – airport: 3 km from Pier 1, Pier 2,
1.5 km from Pier 3/(HFT) Hammerfest Airport
Distance to city center:
50 m from Pier 1 and 2, 2.5 km from Pier 3
Nearest hospital:
2.4km from Pier 1 and 2, 500m from Pier 9

PORT SERVICES / FACILITIES & INFORMATION    Bunkers delivery /method:
Available, only marinediesel/gasoil
Supplies: Available
Waste handling: Yes
Waste water method: Truck
Tugboats: Yes, but not compulsory
Anchorage: Yes
Pontoons: No
Pilot: VHF Ch. 12/16
Emergency: Channel 16
Medical emergency: Phone 113
Charts: Norwegian Chart no. 98, 101 and 489
Tidal movement: Average 2.2m
ISPS approved: Yes
Designated quays for cruise ships: Yes
Ship tenders allowed: Yes
Max number of passenger per day in port:
1500-2000 for Excursions during a day
Max number of ships per day in port: 2
Ships stay min /max: No limitation
Environmental limitations /restrictions:
According to Norwegian and international regulations
Port facilities according to
Cruise Norway`s guidelines: Yes
Maximum ship length:
Quay 1: 220m, Quay 2: 120m, Quay 9: 300m
Maximum ship draft and depth in sea:
1: 9m. 2: 8m. 9: 12m

Type of bottom: Mud and sand
Minimum depth: 20 m
Distance from