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The Polar Bear Society

Hamnegata 3, Hammerfest 9600, Norway
+47 78 41 31 00
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We went to join the Polar Bear Club

Lovely friendly people. Office and tourist centre was right by the Hurtigruten terminal, steps from... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Beverley H
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Dorset, United Kingdom
Good free museum

Located at the tourist office this is a great little museum. There are plenty of stuffed birds if... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anthony S
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Brisbane, Australia
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The Polar Bear Society is located on the coastal steamer pier, together with Hammerfest’s Tourist Information. Join the world famous and exclusive society, and receive the Polar Bear Pin as proof that you visited the World’s Northernmost Town – Hammerfest! Our museum showcases our proud traditions with fishing and hunting in arctic conditions. There is also a gift shop. You can only become a member in the Polar Bear Society when you visit Hammerfest in person. A membership costs NOK 200,00 as a one time fee. The money supports the exhibition and pays the components of the membership: the Polar Bear pin in silver and enamel, a sticker with our logo on, a brochure with our statutes and some information, a diploma with your name on signed by the mayor of Hammerfest, a membership card with your own membership number.
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Hamnegata 3, Hammerfest 9600, Norway
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+47 78 41 31 00
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Lovely friendly people. Office and tourist centre was right by the Hurtigruten terminal, steps from the gangway. Easy to join on line then spend time in the mix of shop and tourist office.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located at the tourist office this is a great little museum. There are plenty of stuffed birds if you are into birds as well as some of the mammals of the area. Info boards with the history makes this a good place to stop.

Thank Anthony S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Polar Bear Society Museum is located inside the tourist information office at Hammerfest. Entry is free of charge and it is good to walk around and read the information and see many of the stuffed animals and birds found in the region.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just on the pier as we stepped off ship . Great small Museum ,also shop to buy items . Great place to learn more about polar bears . Also think it's good for children

Thank Paul H
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Look its a good museum, some interesting facts. Pay some money and like my mother become a member of the PolarBear Society. Get a certificate, a little pin badge and feel as though you have helped wildlife. That's it.More

Thank maizedaisy
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Chris D, Web Marketing at The Polar Bear Society, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Dear maizedaisy, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. When your mother became a member, she actually supported the preservation of the local history of Hammerfest. Our exhibition is all about the old traditions of arctic fishing, hunting and exploration....More

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Reviewed 25 March 2018

I was looking forward to visiting The Polar Bear Society 2 weeks ago when travelling in Norway. We'd heard about the place and wanted to join the society, thinking that our membership money would go to helping polar bears or the arctic in some way...More

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Chris D, Web Marketing at The Polar Bear Society, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Dear TaH_10, Thank you for your review. We appreciate your comments about your experience at the Polar Bear Society. Let me use this opportunity to talk about our exhibition and why it is called the Polar Bear Society. The polar bear is part of the...More

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Nice place with so wonderful and educative exhibition. Maybe the best place to shop souvenirs ;) I also highly recommend to take membership in their society - nice idea that deserves reward :) Btw wintertime for weekend is till 13h, not as it is stated...More

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Chris D, Web Marketing at The Polar Bear Society, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Dear PetarBata, thank you for the review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regards from Hammerfest, Christian Dederichs Web Marketing

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

This little ‘’museum’’ shows a lot of the many animals that live in the Arctic. In this way you get to see the animals instead of ready about them or looking at photographs. It has no scientific purpose, but when you have a little bit...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

First point of interest when leaving Hurtigruten ship. Good insight into history of the region and free to visit. Couldn't pass up the opportunity to join the Polar Bear Society.

Thank TBP293
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Also the local information centre. Helpful friendly staff. Interesting displays of local history and wildlife

Thank 2008J-V
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Dear guest. Our opening hours are: August - May: Mon-Fri: 09:00 - 16:00 Sat - Sun: 10.00-14.00 June - July: Mon - Fri: 08.00-18.00 Sat - Sun: 08.00-16.00 Please do not hesitate to contact us again in case of further... More
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