Hammerfest is located in the county of Finnmark, Norway. Hammerfest is alongside the islands of Kvaloya, Soroya, and Seiland. These islands offer plenty of outdoor attractions with the fjords and waterways to enjoy. Hammerfest began in 1838 as a municipality though there is evidence of settlers from centuries earlier. The city name of Hammerfest came from an old anchorage in which the first part, hammer, refers to large rocks. The large rocks were great moorings for boats. The second part of the name came from ‘fastening’, another term related to boats.
Hammerfest is disputed as the Northernmost city of Norway as it is in competition with Honningsvaag. Hammerfest is the oldest town situated on the island of Kvaloga with a road connecting the mainland. Several years ago the Kvalsund Bridge was created to make this connection and is one of the main sites to see in Hammerfest. A picture of the Kvalsund Bridge is a must for any tourist on a cruise ship or staying in the city.