Check out this Official Postcrossing card from Norway! When I first read the name “Hammerfest”, I thought it had to do with some sort of festival commemorating Thor or something. I couldn’t be further off – this is the name of one of the northernmost towns in the world! Hammerfest is located in the region of Northern Norway, and it’s the furthest north town with over 10,000 residents. You can see the latitude of this town right underneath the name, and to put that number into perspective, it’s around the same level as northern Alaska and northern Siberia. As you might imagine, it’s cold! Its climate is considered to be subarctic, which means it has super cold and snowy winters, and relatively cool summers. It’s during these summers that there is 24-hour daylight, with the sun not going below the horizon. On the contrary, the winters yield much darkness, with certain parts of the season where the sun won’t even go above the horizon. Nonetheless, Hammerfest is a permanent inhabitance, where people can hike, fish and go about their business. Featured on this card is the Meridian Column, signifying the northernmost station of the Struve Geodetic Arc. The Struve Geodetic Arc is a survey line that stretches from a point in southern Ukraine by the Black Sea to this point here, and contains 33 other markers like this along the way. This arc was established in the 1800s by astronomer Friederich Georg Wilhelm von Struve as a way to calculate the size and shape of the earth. It would later serve as a huge starting point for research in the field of earth sciences. The Struve Geodetic Arc was made into a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005, and as it spans 10 countries, it has the second-highest count for countries where the same UNESCO inscription is located. Thanks so much for sharing this neat postcard with me!