The Polar Bear Society

The Polar Bear Society, Hammerfest: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Polar Bear Society Reviews: 4.5/5

The Polar Bear Society
4.5
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
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 220,00 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 diploma with your name on signed by the mayor of Hammerfest, a membership card with your own membership number.
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John A D
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The ultimate icy way
Sep 2021 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic.!!!
The layout, the historical photowork and short films, the exhibitions of tools, lances, harpoons, the amazing display of arctic birds ,seals, and wildlife .The precise texts accompanying the photos give one a good insight into the workday and dangers of sailing up into the Arctic ice. The seal hunters , the whalers , their skippers and crew who entered the icy areas way north of the mainland earned and deserved great respect for their endurance and ingenuity. Hammerfest was and is the last ice free harbour before one sails up into the void ,the silence,the howling Siberian winds, the ever shifting ice fields which rose to become mountains and crushed many a strong boat
Enjoy !!
Written October 6, 2021
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Scottish_Traveller
Macduff, UK278 contributions
Educational and FREE!
Sep 2020 • Business
The polar bear society and the tourist information centre is all one and the same. It’s located directly at the dock, so when the cruise ships comes in, the people on the boat step off directly into this area.

It is a small building, and a small museum type of thing, but there is good information and the staff are very friendly

It’s completely free so you would be silly not to do it!

Signing up to be a member of the Royal and ancient polar bear society is very cool and I recommend that, although it cost a small amount of money (220 NOK approx). Worth it. You get a certificate. Badge. Member card. Sticker.
Written September 16, 2020
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Arctic_Lyon
Tromso, Norway340 contributions
Not a tourist trap
Jul 2020
I have visited quite a few "Polar" themed museums and this one is no worse than any other. There is a lot of good info to be seen and cute stuffed animals. Everyone should take at least 30 minutes to look around.
Written August 4, 2020
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Totti K
Hong Kong, China1,321 contributions
Fascinating museum and a great membership.
Jul 2020
If you need to visit one location in Hammerfest, this should be it. Good 1+ hour can be used to walk in the exhibition related to the history of the region, arctic travels, and polar bears hunting.

The entry is free.

Also, You should join the Royal Polar Bear Society (less than 25 €) for a lifetime membership.

The location is in downtown and easy to find.
Written July 18, 2020
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sonnyboy4
Mainz38 contributions
It's a great aim to support the Polar Bear
Sep 2019
A really nice idea to make a foundation for the Polar Bears. Unfortunately it's a little bit too far away.
Written March 10, 2020
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Jacqueline E
376 contributions
Brilliant
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited from the Hurtigruten cruise ship, it’s right by the quayside, and as well as having a small, quite interesting museum and the tourist information centre, it offers a chance to join the Royal and Ancient Polar bear society. The title is tongue in cheek, it was founded in 1963. A while ago, but not really ancient!
However, it’s all a bit of fun and membership does get you a discount on any shopping done in their reasonably priced gift shop, which has a good range of merchandise.
Written January 30, 2020
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Pim G
Rotterdam, The Netherlands486 contributions
Good initiative
Dec 2019 • Couples
Paid the Polar Bear Society a short visit. This is a combined souvenir shop/tourist information center/museum. We’ve spend a short time to walk around and have a look at items in the museum. Think when you’re into it, it’s a must see, but not really our thing. Nevertheless, the initiative is great and you can attribute to it by becoming a member.
Written December 23, 2019
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JRP-Bkk
Bangkok, Thailand1,589 contributions
Free museum and polar bear society
Nov 2019 • Couples
Nice small free museum.
The polar bear society is a bit of a gimmick but well done .
If you’re only here once why not join.
Written December 19, 2019
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AlexJ262
Cholsey, UK1,049 contributions
Worth a Quick Visit
Nov 2019 • Solo
Located in the Tourist Info Centre next to the bus station, this is a relatively small exhibition with some interesting models and stuffed bears with a little bit of accompanying information.
Its not somewhere you'll spend too long, but admission is free so it's worth popping in!
The gift shop is extremely good with a massive array of items.
Written November 14, 2019
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Dear AlexJ262, thank you very much for your nice comment and rating. We would be happy to be welcoming you back soon. Kind regards from Hammerfest. Christian Dederichs Web Marketing
Written November 29, 2019
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Steven L
Syracuse, NY796 contributions
AN INTERESTING VISIT AND I JOINED
Oct 2019
My wife and I left our Hurtigruten ship to visit Hammerfest and it felt so right to see snow on the ground only 1200 miles from the North Pole.
It also felt so right to walk in to the small Polar Bear Society Museum and see some of their things on display.
For a small fee , I joined The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society and received a certificat , a decal and a small silver pin. The funds they receive benefit Hammerfest. After you leave the museum , walk by the water and you may see groups of eider ducks diving deep for food.
Written November 8, 2019
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