Hammerfest is the center of the northern oil province. The world’s most northern LNG plant Snøvhit-Melkøya is fully functional and running since 2007, Eni’s Goliat project is well underway and will go in production during 2014 and Statoil operated Johan Castberg is now officially under development. Only these there initial projects create already a tremendous growth and development not to mention the accumulation of expertise, specialty knowledge and skills by all involved in this (ad-) venture. All major activities are centered in and around Hammerfest providing a solid income base for the private and public sector alike. This is resulting in a wave of modernization; new infrastructure well equipped kindergartens and schools, an unmatched flurry of cultural activities and a broad range of leisure activities.
Alta received the official status as a city in 2000, since than it is known as “The City of Northern Lights” – Nordlys By. This fantastic phenomenon can be observed throughout the entire winter season and is one of nature’s most spectacular sights.
Alta has developed into Finnmark’s largest city with close to 20 000 inhabitants. The municipality is known for its magnificent scenery; the Alta river, northern lights, breathtaking coast lines and a vast range of winter and summer activities. Since 1981 Alta is arranging the “Finnmarksløpet” a world renowned dog sledge race. Traditionally, Alta has been a community of small farmers and slate quarries. Today it is a hub for the service and trade industry, with the largest shopping center in the Finnmark. An increasingly important role plays as well its construction businesses and companies delivering to the oil and gas industry in Hammerfest.
Kirkenes was granted its city status in 1998. The city is at the end of the E6 and the final destination of Hurtigruten, right at the border to Russia and Finland. You will find about 3500 people living in the city center, however the town with all its generously spread suburbs comes to a total of 7500 inhabitants. The surrounding nature invites to an attractive range of leisure activities and weekend shopping trips to neighboring countries are a frequent part of an eventful life in Kinkiness.
Though nestled at the most north-eastern corner of Norway Kirkenes is well connected to the rest of Norway by daily flights to Oslo and all major cities in the north. The main industry in Kirkenes was for many years mining. In recent times tourism and trade are taking over and with the newly opened Barents sea areas for oil and gas exploitation the future will undoubtedly belong to the petroleum sector.