Hamn i Senja

Hamn i Senja

Hamn i Senja is a holiday and conference resort beautifully located on the west coast of the Senja island in the north of Norway. Since 1994, this historical fishing station has been established as a well - known holiday resort and very desirable conference destination in Norway. The name “Hamn” means harbor, and Hamn has been a safe harbor for many a fisherman during hundreds of years. Now, the hundreds of islets and islands in the azure sea beyond is used as an adventure destination fo r visitors from all over the world.

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Hamn i Senja has had the name “Hamn” or “Havn” (also meaning “harbor”) ever since the beginning of the 1600s. In 1881 Hamn became a trading station and fishing village. It was then that the merchant Adolf Lund built the buildings considered appropriate to a recognized North Norwegian trading station, including a fishing quay, a shop with a warehouse, a bakery, a cowshed and a courthouse with guest rooms. A founder of such business became a local “king”, and his pets in the 1880's were nothing less than two tame eagles. In the summer of 1869 Eilert Brox found nickel ore on his farm. The Englishman Henry Hussey Vivian then built up Senjens Nickel mine. Operation of the works was kept going until 1886. During that period about 650 people lived at Hamn, compared to less than 10 today. In 1882 one of the two first power stations in the world based on hydroelectric power was built at Hamn. During the period 1925 - 1935 Hamn was one of the largest fish landing stations in North Norway. In 1994 the old buildings were renewed and converted into an intimate holiday resort with 12 apartments and a small restaurant. Time had changed, and suddenly people came from all over the country, and also from all over the world to visit the new Hamn. After just one year in the business, Hamn became the product of the year in Norway – a travel business award given for developing well - organized activity packages. Then fire ruined the buildings in September 2005. The family - owners decided to rebuild, and after almost 3 years Hamn could finally open the doors for guests once more. Today, you can still feel the nice, peaceful, and maritime atmosphere – this time to be enjoyed in a comfortable resort with facilities also for meetings, events and as a base for many activities in the grand surroundings.

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