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The World´s northernmost city, Hammerfest, received its city status on 17 July 1789. In 1891, it was the first city in Europe with electric street lighting. The same year, large sections of the city was ravaged by fire. In fellowship with Vardø, Hammerfest is Northern Norway´s oldest city. Hammerfest lies on parts of Sørøya, Kalvøya and Seiland.

The town was founded because of its natural harbour, something which is equally important today for Hammerfests economic foundation. Despite its geographical position, The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures in Hammerfest. Hammerfest has maintained its international connections. As early as 1852, the first international measurement of the earths circumference was completed in Hammerfest. The landscape in Hammerfest and Kvalsund is varied, from alpine terrain to broad, cultivated shorelines and the nature is both beautiful and easily available.

Hammerfest is one of the key destinations in the county. The town has a long tradition as a service base for the Barents Sea fishing fleet. As a result maritime activities constitute a major part of the town´s trade and commerce.

Hammerfest has become the petroleum centre for the county, with a supply, oil protection and helicopter base. The municipality has also been designated as the host municipality for the expansion of the Snøhvit, Askeladden and Albatross gas fields.

There is always the season for new and different discoveries of nature. Regardless of the time of year you visit - with the mystical Midnight sun, a spectacular thunderstorm or the magical Northern Lights.

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