Hotels in Hammerfest, Norway

by Mark Heidelberger Google

Hammerfest, Norway, features a handful of small to mid-sized hotels, each with fewer than 100 guest rooms. These properties are individually owned and offer amenities tailored toward business travelers as well as vacationers. They are strategically situated near local attractions, many of which are related to Hammerfest's location within the Arctic circle and its historical significance dating back to World War II.

Hotel Skytterhuset

The 75-room Hotel Skytterhuset is located less than a mile from Hammerfest's town hall and St. Michael's Catholic Church in the city center. The building's history saw it transform from a shooting club in the 50s to a dorm for fish factory workers in the 60s to a hotel in the 90s. The property is surrounded by a large garden, private pond and several scenic walking trails. The facility offers the use of an on-site parking lot, luggage hold, a laundry room and a solarium, and for corporate travelers, the hotel provides a 25-person meeting room equipped with an overhead projector. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available along with two large family suites. All rooms have cable TV and Wi-Fi access. Breakfast is included in the nightly room rate, and the Panorama Restaurant Turistua around the corner serves lunch and dinner.

Rica Hotel Hammerfest

The four-star Rica Hotel Hammerfest is situated in the heart of the city near points of interest like the Gjenreisningsmuseet, or Museum of Reconstruction, and the Gallery Syvstjerna. The hotel offers a sauna, dry cleaning service, 24-hour reception desk with English-speaking staff, and concierge services that can help out-of-towners plan off-site activities like cycling, fishing and horseback riding. Businessmen have access to conference space and copy and fax services, and an on-site night club provides drinks and live music. The hotel's restaurant offers fireside dining with views of the town harbor; the menu pairs fresh local fare with an extensive wine list. Each of the property's 84 guest rooms comes equipped with individual climate controls, a minibar, daily newspaper delivered to the door, and private bath with a full tub. Pets are permitted.

Thon Hotel Sentrum

The boutique-style Thon Hotel Sentrum is within walking distance of the town's main shopping center and several area restaurants. The hotel works closely with local destination agency Hammerfest Turist to help guests customize their vacations, from guided mountain hikes to daily summer cruises through the North Cape to a day on the links at the Kvalsund Golf Club. Guests enjoy complimentary use of a sunroom and fitness facility, while free high-speed wireless Internet access is available in all public and private areas. A daily breakfast buffet offers fresh hot and cold items. Each of the 30 rooms and suites has a flat-screen TV and private bath. Suites come with a selection of gourmet teas, bathrobes, slippers, chocolates and freshly cut flowers.

Quality Hotel Hammerfest

The 50-room Quality Hotel Hammerfest overlooks the harbor and is convenient to area attractions like the Lutheran Church of Hammerfest, Blue Music Pavillion and Polar Bear Society. The property features a solarium, sauna, free parking and English-speaking staff that assists visitors in navigating the local area. Executive travelers utilize a classroom-style meeting space with a 55-person capacity, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, and a business center with ISDN lines for phone and fax. On-site dining options include a family-style restaurant offering international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and two pubs with light snack menus. Spacious guest rooms are outfitted with ultra-soft bedding, sitting areas with sofa and coffee table, satellite TV and white-tiled walk-in showers. This property is a member of the Finnmark Hotel Association.

About the Author

Mark Heidelberger has been writing for more than 22 years, from articles and short stories to novels and screenplays. He is a consummate foodie, loves to travel and has run several businesses, all of which influence his work. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA.