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Northern lights over the city of Harstad
Northern lights over Harstad.
Photo: Stian Klo

The cultural capital of the north

Bring your hiking boots and experience the tall mountain peaks close to Harstad. Enjoy culinary brilliance and find out why Harstad is known as the gourmet city of the north. Explore the archipelago in a kayak, embark on a whale safari, or join in on one of the many diving trips in the Norwegian Sea.

Kayaking in the Harstad archipelago.
Photo: TI Bergsmo
Sunset in Harstad.
Photo: Frank Andreassen / www.nordnorge.com
Archipelago safari by RIB boats.
Photo: Jan-Erik Kristoffersen
Midnight sun in Harstad.
Photo: Nettfoto.no

Find activities and attractions in Harstad

Whether you’re going on a trip with your family, partner, or friends, you’ll find plenty of things to do here.

Getting here and around

Get in-depth travel information on Harstad’s official website.

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  • Harstad train

    By train

    NSB (the Norwegian State Railways) offers daily train departures between Oslo and Fauske in Nordland, with onward travel to Harstad by connecting bus.

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  • Harstad car

    By car

    If you are driving, follow E6 to Bognes and take the ferry to Lødingen. From Lødingen, follow E10 and Rv83 to Harstad.

    From Narvik, follow E6 to Bjerkvik. From Bjerkvik, take E10 to Tjeldsundbrua bridge and then Rv83 to Harstad.

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  • Harstad boat

    By boat

    Harstad has excellent express boat connections with Tromsø, located about 3 hours away, and to the island kingdom outside of Harstad – Bjarkøy and Senja.

    North- and southbound ships from Hurtigruten, The Norwegian Coastal Voyage, meet daily in Harstad.

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  • Harstad bus

    By bus

    Express buses take you between Harstad and Fauske, Narvik, and Lofoten.

  • Harstad local

    Local travel

    Local buses traffic the area in and around Harstad.

  • Harstad plane

    By plane

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

    The drive to Harstad from the airport takes around 40 minutes. An airport express bus is available.

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Seasons and climate

Due to the temperate waters of the Gulf Stream, Harstad has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude, such as Alaska and Greenland.

The coastal climate in Harstad makes the winters mild and the summers relatively cool. The coldest months are January, February and December, with an average temperature of -4 °C. The warmest month is July, with an average temperature of 13 °C. October is the wettest month, with an average rainfall of 46 millimetres.

In Harstad you can experience Northern lights in the winter months and Midnight sun all summer.

Get the latest weather forecast on yr.no.

Read more about The Northern Lights.

Safety in the mountains

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Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

  1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
  2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
  3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
  4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
  5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
  6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
  7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
  8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
  9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

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