Located 850 mi/1,370 km north of Oslo and one of the world's northernmost ports, little Hammerfest, Norway (with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants), is worth visiting to see the stark Finnmark region, home of the Sami people (sometimes erroneously called Laplanders). Don't be surprised to find reindeer wandering about the streets. You'll find good shopping in town and, in nearby Karasjok, the Sami Museum, whose displays document the lives of the people.

In the winter, enjoy a snow-scooter safari from nearby Skardi. Plan to stay one night if you're not on a ship. http://www.hammerfest-turist.no.

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