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Northern lights in Harstad, Norway - Photo: www.nettfoto.no
Northern lights in Harstad, Norway Photo: www.nettfoto.no

Getting to Harstad and around

Harstad is located on Norway's biggest island Hinnøya, next to Vesterålen and Lofoten to the west, Narvik to the east and Tromsø to the north.


There are up to six daily flights to/from Oslo Airport Gardermoen to/from Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes, with onward connections. Flight time from Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes to Oslo is 90 minutes.

Airlines: SAS and Norwegian.

Widerøe has several daily flights to/from Bodø and Tromsø.

The drive to/from Harstad town centre to/from the airport takes 40 minutes. You can get the Airport Express bus if you don't have your own mode of tranportation.

Lofast (Lofoten Mainland Connection)

December 2007 marked the opening of the new mainland connection with the Lofoten, Islands known as Lofast. This new road connection enables direct road travel between Harstad and the Lofoten Islands without requiring ferries. The driving time between Harstad and Svolvær has been cut to just two hours and 40 minutes. This enables visitors to Harstad to make exciting day trips to the outermost parts of the Lofoten Islands.

You should also take a trip around Kvæfjord and the ferry connection between Flesnes and Refsnes to travel to or from the Lofoten Islands. This route is 30 kilometres shorter than travelling via Lødingen.

Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage)

The north- and southbound Hurtigruten ships meet daily in Harstad between 6:45 am and 8 am. It is a beautiful sight when both ships are docked side by side in downtown Harstad.

For day-trips with Hurtigruten from Harstad, you should take the journey to Svolvær (Lofoten Islands) and Sortland (Vesterålen). From Svolvær, you may return to Harstad on the northbound Hurtigruten ship at night or return to Harstad by bus or rental car.

Express boat

Harstad has excellent express boat connections with Tromsø (three hours away) and to the island kingdom outside Harstad - Bjarkøy and Senja. The express boats dock at the quay in downtown Harstad and are a comfortable and scenic mode of transport.


  • Stangnes - Sørrollnes
  • Andenes - Gryllefjord
  • Stornes - Grytøy
  • Grytøy - Sandsøy - Bjarkøy
  • Bognes - SKarberget - Lødingen
  • Svolvær - Skutvik
  • Melbu - Fiskebøl
  • Refsnes - Flesnes
  • Moskenes - Bodø

Summer routes also from:

  • Andenes - Gryllefjord
  • Stornes - Skrolsvik


There are two daily train departures between Oslo and Fauske in Nordland, with onward travel to Harstad by connecting bus. There is also a train connection between Narvik and Kiruna – Luleå in Sweden. For more information, please contact the Norwegian State Railways (NSB).

Car rental

You will find car rental in downtown Harstad and at the airport.

Distances from Harstad

  • Alta: 566 kilometres
  • Andenes: 176 kilometres
  • Bodø: 326 kilometres
  • Evenes: 44 kilometres
  • Finnsnes: 124 kilometres
  • Kiruna: 305 kilometres
  • Narvik: 130 kilometres
  • North Cape: 803 kilometres
  • Oslo: 1,417 kilometres
  • Polar Circle: 365 kilometres
  • Troms: 305 kilometres
  • Å (Lofoten Islands): 291 kilometres

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Northern lights in Harstad, Norway - Photo: www.nettfoto.no

Getting to Harstad and around

Harstad is located on Norway's biggest island Hinnøya, next to Vesterålen and Lofoten to the west, Narvik to the east and Tromsø to the north.

Getting to Harstad and around

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About Harstad


In the pleasant town of Harstad, you will discover a rich array of culture and nature-based experiences

Key facts about Harstad

Harstad is a charming town with 23,000 inhabitants. It is an important meeting place for the region's population.

Tourist information in Harstad

The tourist information is located in the centre of Harstad, just opposite the express boat quay.



Classic and short voyages

The Classic Roundtrip Voyage with Hurtigruten is a 12 day journey, but there are also shorter options available.

Excursions en route

Hurtigruten’s extensive program of excursions takes advantage of local guides and benefits from calling at ports that larger ships cannot reach.
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Go on a cruise with Hurtigruten

Witness stunning scenery with Hurtigruten along the Norwegian coast. Travel the entire voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes, or hop on and off as you wish.
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A journey with the iconic Hurtigruten offers the best views at a gentle pace – it is the ideal way to discover Norway’s varied coastal landscape.

Explore authentic Norway with Hurtigruten

A Hurtigruten voyage is arguably the best way to experience Norway. Discover fjords, waterways and ports that other ships cannot reach.

Four seasons with Hurtigruten

Every season has its charm; the northern lights in winter, the Arctic awakening in spring, the midnight sun in summer and the vivid colors in fall.

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