Bring your hiking boots and experience Harstad’s cultural attractions and nearby nature on foot. Explore the coast in a kayak, or join one of the many diving trips in the Norwegian Sea.
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. There are several options for getting to Harstad.
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.
If you are looking for an adventure, a scuba diving trip to the shipwreck Belgica just outside of Harstad is a great option. Local dive shops will help you with equipment and classes.
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.
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.
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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.
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There are several daily flights from Oslo Airport to Harstad/Narvik Airport, with onward connections. Flight time is 90 minutes.
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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.
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