Experience Hammerfest in a truly unique way during this walking tour that includes a visit to the local Sami Camp.
Hammerfest is the northernmost town in the world and is a small, but modern town situated on the Kvaløya Island. Also known as the Hiroshima of Europe, Hammerfest was reconstructed after World War II, when the town was completely destroyed by fire during the withdrawal of the German troops in Finnmark County. Sadly, only the tiny chapel in the graveyard remained.
Your guided walking tour begins at the pier and first travels towards the Market square, passing the local shopping streets along the way. This market is frequently visited by representatives of the Sami people who come to sell a variety of their products which they hand-make during the long winter months.
Continue on your walk following the zigzag gravel road that leads up to the town of Mount Salen, which is nestled along the fairly wide bay and sheltered by the mountain behind. On your way up to the summit, your guide will distinguish the characteristic islands of Hoja and Hjelmen, similar in shape, but not in size, out in the fjord. In the summer months, reindeer may be spotted in the area.
Your route continues to the Mikkelgammen Sami camp, where you will learn more about the Sami history and culture while seated on reindeer skins that are placed upon springy birch twigs, directly on the ground around an open fire. During your visit, enjoy a special native performance by the Sami, with Joiks, or chants, especially dedicated to each member of the Sami population. The Joik has no actual words and can describe for instance; a particular mood, nature, character or a person. Each Joik is personal and unique to each member. The Sami people at the camp will be wearing their colorful national costumes, which will be explained in detail. Afterwards, savor a tasty sampling of cloudberries, smoked or dried reindeer meat, polar bread, and coffee or tea.
After this unforgettable experience, you will journey back to the pier on foot with your guide.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of walking, which can be strenuous at times and includes a 20-minute uphill climb. Portions of the walk are over gravel surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guest and is not suitable for those guests with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate, layered clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.