Today I started the second leg of my adventure: T-bahn to Flytoget (train to the Oslo airport) to Plane to Taxi to Ferry to Hotel. I had so many different emotions seeing the landscape as Thor saw it aboard a very different type ferry in January 1940 (winter and total darkness and war), and today (summer and total sunlight and peaceful). The photo below is the actual ferry he was on. His trip took 12 hours, mine took approx. 2 hours.
Tomorrow I will visit the Museum of Reconstruction which is dedicated to Hammerfest and its destruction and rebuilding during and after WWII (http://www.kystmuseene.no/the-museum-of-reconstruction.107297.en.html). I hope to find town plans before the Nazis burned the town to the ground during their Scorched Earth campaign at the end of war. I would like to find where Norges Bank was originally located (at least close to) - as I have come to understand he rented an apartment above the bank itself.
(Photo sources: left: https://scorchedearthstories.wordpress.com/ and right: wikipedia)