The town of Harstad enjoys a scenic and strategic location on Norway's largest island Hinnøya, with close proximity to Lofoten to the west, Narvik to the east, Tromsø to the north, and Bodø to the south.
Harstad is a municipality comprised entirely of islands, and also covers a large number of smaller islands and islets, offering white sandy beaches and fine fishing and bathing spots.
The long, bright summer days are perfect if you like hiking in the mountains and forests. This is also the place to visit if you want to go on deep-sea rafting trips or archipelago safaris in rigid inflatable boats (RIBs). You can see historic settlements on islets, where the fjord meets the open sea, or experience the huge kittiwake cliff on the island of Helløya.
When you visit Harstad, you will discover a pleasant town and a surrounding area with a rich array of culture and nature-based experiences. Harstad is a mix of old and contemporary architecture which, in combination with the town's many cafés and restaurants, provide a good atmosphere.
In the last week of June, Harstad hosts the annual Festival of Northern Norway, a cultural celebration featuring a mix of amateur and professional artists.
There is no need to wait until you're here to find out what you'd like to do.
Northern Norway is by far the largest and most sparsely populated part of mainland Norway, and covers more than a third of the country. It stretches from the idyllic Helgeland region in the south, to mainland Europe’s northernmost point, near the North Cape.
This Arctic city is not only packed with culture and history, it’s also one of the best places to see the northern lights.