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Frequently asked questions

How can I become a member?

You can become a member when you visit us at isbjørnklubben in Hammerfest and you can become a life-long member.

I would like to give a membership to somebody as a gift. How can I do that?

Only people who have been to Hammerfest can become members (see statutes). Even an application for Elvis Presley to become member was turned down in 1973 on these grounds.

Do you protect polar bears?

No. The proceeds of the membership help us maintain and run the free exhibition about Hammerfest’s historic significance as a gate to the Arctic waters.


Can I see polar bears in Hammerfest?

There are no polar bears on Norway's mainland. The polar bear is a symbol for Hammerfest because of its long and proud history as a base for arctic expeditions. The polar bear stands for strength, will and creativity needed to survive in the Arctic.


Do you organize trips to see polar bears?

No. The nearest place to see polar bears is on the island Svalbard which is almost a thousand kilometers from Hammerfest.


Why have I not received an invitation to the annual meeting?

We do not send out personal invitations to the annual meeting. The annual meeting takes place every third Sunday in January at 18:00 in Hammerfest. All our members are invited. You can sign up for the annual meeting here.

I would like to donate money to you. How can I do that?

Our donation's account details are: IBAN: NO9615060804483, BIC: DNBANOKKXXX, Visit Hammerfest AS, Hamnegata 3, 9600 Hammerfest

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