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The thirteenth century Trondenes Church, Harstad in Norway - Photo: Sør Troms Museum
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The thirteenth century Trondenes Church, Harstad in Norway Photo: Sør Troms Museum

Attractions in Harstad

Harstad has a mix of contemporary and old architecture which, in combination with its waterfront location, provides a good atmosphere.

Facing the sea, Harstad provides the perfect setting for the annual Festival of Northern Norway , a wide-ranging cultural festival and celebration.

Grottebadet, a spectacular indoor water park located in caves under the town, features everything from pools and jacuzzi to sauna and a beach café.

Historic attractions

Historic trading posts such as Røkenes Farm  and Sandtorgholmen Hotel  take guests back in time with their centuries old buildings, fantastic culinary experiences and genuine hospitality.

On the Trondenes Peninsula, visitors can stroll through time, from the heroics of Viking chieftain Tore Hund in 1030 and the 13th century Trondenes Church  to a visit to the Adolf Gun, one of the world’s largest land-based cannons dating from World War II. The Trondenes Heritage Centre  shares history through a mix of films, exhibitions, smells and sounds. Outside, visitors can take a walk on theheritage trail  through lush and green countryside teeming. 

The world's oldest sea going schooner, Anna Rogde, built in 1868, offers various activities such as teambuilding, fishing and killer whale safaris.

Natural attractions

Just outside Harstad, you will find fjords and mountains ideal for short hikes, as well as more challenging ones. The silence and lack of crowds will surprise and offer fantastic peace and tranquility.

Hike to different peaks such Hinnsteinen, SætertindMusvannet, Gangsåstoppen, Stongheia and Keipen. Cyclists should explore the archipelago Grytøy – Bjarkøy – Krøttøy.

Off the coast of Harstad, you will discover a large archipelago full of islands. Catch a boat out to exciting accommodation, fish in the blue sea and sunbathe on white sandy beaches. The surrounding areas also offer cabins, private accommodation, the world's northernmost horticulture school, old Sami settlements and boat hire.

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Last updated:  2012-12-19
Røkenes Farm in Harstad, Norway - Photo: Røkenes Gård
Røkenes Farm in Harstad, Norway
The Trondenes Heritage Centre, Norway - Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo
The Trondenes Heritage Centre, Norway

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The thirteenth century Trondenes Church, Harstad in Norway - Photo: Sør Troms Museum

Attractions in Harstad

Harstad has a mix of contemporary and old architecture which, in combination with its waterfront location, provides a good atmosphere.

Attractions in Harstad

Source: Visitnorway

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Where to stay in Harstad

Stay at hotels, cabins, a youth hostel, traditional wooden storehouses or private accommodation in houses and on farms.

What to do in Harstad

Bring some good shoes when you visit Harstad. Experience the town's attractions and nearby nature on foot.

About Harstad

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.

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