The Royal Polar Bear Club and Historic Hammerfest

Embark on an expert-led guided tour of Hammerfest, featuring an exclusive experience at the Museum of Reconstruction and inclusive membership to the esteemed Polar Bear Society.

About the excursion

A knowledgeable guide will give you an overview of the town while leading you through the city, ending with a trip to the Reconstruction Museum. Here, you'll learn about Hammerfest's resilient history, including its three remarkable recoveries from devastating fires.

Direction: Southbound

Disembarkation port: Hammerfest

Embarkation port: Hammerfest

Time: 11:15–12:15

Meal: None

Level: 1 (Read more)

Season: All year round (Except 1 Jan, 28-31 Mar, 1 May, 17 May, 27 May, 24-26 Dec, 31 Dec)

Min/max persons: 10 – 20

Booking reference: HFTS6

Price: € 147 - $ 153  per person

gjenreisningsmuseet 2022, Foto: Linn A. Christiansen

Photo Linn A. Christiansen


In 1944, Finnmark and Nord-Troms were devastated by air forces, leading to a mass forced evacuation of the inhabitants. When peace finally returned, the Norwegian government tried to control the return of the residents, aiming to prevent a massive influx. Some people ignored the risks and government warnings, deciding to return immediately, while others patiently waited for official permission.


The period of rebuilding that followed showcased community unity, collaboration, and innovation, despite struggles with a governmental over-control. The main exhibit at the Reconstruction Museum paints a picture of this time with interactive displays, photos, and films. Learn how the strong people of Finnmark and Nord-Troms rebuilt their homes with hope, faith in a better future, and a resilient spirit.


Next, we'll visit the Royal Polar Bear Club exhibition. If you decide to join the respected Ancient Royal Polar Bear Society, you'll receive a personalized diploma signed by the Mayor of Hammerfest and the signature Polar Bear Pin. These are souvenirs of your trip to the northernmost town in the world, Hammerfest. When you book this guided tour, we'll sort out your membership ahead of your visit, ensuring you receive it while you're in Hammerfest.

utstikt fra tårnet fuglenesodden foto daniela kötter

Experience "Historic Hammerfest" on these voyages:

North- and southboundRound Voyage

Bergen → Kirkenes → Bergen

Havila castor seen from Skageflå in the Geirangerfjord. Photo: Oclin

SouthboundVoyage South

Kirkenes → Bergen

Red houses on rocky shoreline with majestic mountains in the background.

SouthboundThe Arctic Dream

Kirkenes → Tromsø


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