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The Polar Bear Society

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A brief encounter to The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society

Only 20 mins docking time on our recent Hurtigruten voyage to visit The Royal and Ancient Polar... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Cambridge, United Kingdom
A most unusual attraction

Visited here while on a Hurtigruten voyage on Kong Harald. Fascinating, we learned a lot about... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Helen N
Beckenham, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Hamnegata 3, Hammerfest 9600, Norway
+47 78 41 21 85
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Reviewed yesterday

Only 20 mins docking time on our recent Hurtigruten voyage to visit The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society but well worth it. The staff were wonderful, so helpful and a good tip, when short of time is to pass by the tills and go...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here while on a Hurtigruten voyage on Kong Harald. Fascinating, we learned a lot about polar bears and local wildlife in general, and of course joined the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society (an inspired idea to raise funds and the profile of Hammerfest)....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Helen N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came 15 minutes after closing on a cold, dark and very stormy afternoon, there was a super friendly young man inside who let us in for a few minutes even though it was closed. That was so nice of him! Inside you learn and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank gretinad
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Definitely worth a visit, I hopped off the marvellous Hurtigruten boat to visit this amazing conservation society while visiting Hammerfest. Extremely friendly staff who will pack presents for kids in lovely cardboard boxes. All the money spent goes to the conservation and preservation of Polar...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ThomasGradgrind
Reviewed February 27, 2019

The polar bear society tourist spot was just great. The lady that served us was delightful. And it is just terrific and such fun to be a life member. I dont think I will be returning from Australia for the AGM each year in January...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Daune C
Reviewed February 26, 2019

Visited whilst on a Hurtigruten Cruise. Just a minute’s walk from the ship across the quayside. Small but interesting place to visit. Excellent gift shop, with local products. Very friendly and helpful staff. Really nice way to spend half an hour, an a short walk,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lizzie53
Reviewed February 22, 2019

The shop is right off the port and the small collection of replicas of bears and other animals is nice. We did enroll my 5 year old daughter to the Polar Bear Society. She may be proud to be a member, many years from now!...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 931mithunh
Reviewed December 10, 2018

They may be stuffed, but the polar bear displays at Hammerfest are well worth a look. The museum is just a short walk from the Hurtigruten terminal. it has a really interesting range of exhibits and a good deal of information about the arctic region....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Gh0stguest
Reviewed December 9, 2018

You step off the boat right into this place, A collection of stuffed animals might not appeal to everyone as some of the comments in the visitor`s book suggest,There are other artefacts on show and it is free.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Patrick K
Reviewed November 19, 2018 via mobile

If visiting it seems a must to become a life member of this club! There is also a good exhibit about the town and surrounding area.

Date of experience: November 2018
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March 12, 2015|
Response from Chris D | Property representative |
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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