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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.
See historic settlements on islets where the fjord meets the open sea, or experience the huge kittiwake cliff on the island of Helløya. You can also embark on a whale safari or go sea fishing for that once-in-a-lifetime catch.
Flourishing with events that gather people from far and near, like the annual Festival of Northern Norway, the Arctic wine festival, the music festival BAKgården, and the Ilios festival for new music, the city has become a cultural hub. Harstad’s mix of old and contemporary architecture in combination with the many cafés and restaurants provide a good atmosphere.
If you’re looking for water-based adventures, a scuba diving trip to the shipwreck Belgica just outside of Harstad is an exciting option. In the city itself, you can go swimming in the waterpark Grottebadet, which is buried deep within the mountain.
Find more inspiration on Harstad’s official website.
Whether you’re going on a trip with your family, partner, or friends, you’ll find plenty of things to do here.
NSB (the Norwegian State Railways) offers daily train departures between Oslo and Fauske in Nordland, with onward travel to Harstad by connecting bus.
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.
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.
Express buses take you between Harstad and Fauske, Narvik, and Lofoten.
Local buses traffic the area in and around Harstad.
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.
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.
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.
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