We have just returned from 12 fabulous days on the Hurtigruten or 'Express Route'. Established in 1893 to improve communications along the coastline, this passenger and freight shipping service has a ship leaving daily from Bergen that travels to Kirkenes (on the border with Russia)and back. Much of the trip is within the Arctic Circle. We were fortunate enough to have a clear sky one night when the aurora borealis prediction was high and saw a marvellous display of the 'Northern Lights'.
Hammerfest claims to be the most northernmost town in the world although there are smaller settlements further north. Hammerfest Kirke, shown in the picture, was built in 1961. The previous church was burned down when the Germans withdrew from Finnmark in 1944.
As you can see from the picture, the snow came down heavily the day that we visited Hammerfest. The weather for most of the trip was fairly sunny but very cold. In the WS I show a window inside the church.