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Go hiking in the mountains, explore the archipelago in a kayak or RIB, and join exciting cultural events. Harstad is the perfect base for a holiday in the north.

The city of Harstad in Northern Norway is strategically placed on Norway’s largest island Hinnøya and serves as a gateway to Vesterålen and Lofoten. The city is easy to get to from other northern cities, like Narvik, Tromsø, and Bodø.

From the city centre, the way is short to outdoor areas where you can go hiking, skiing, cycling, and kayaking or canoeing. And no matter the season, the light will make your stay totally unforgettable! In the summer, you can stay up all night under the midnight sun, and in the winter, you’ll get spellbound by the beautiful northern lights.

Harstad has a rich history that stretches from the early Middle Ages to the present. At Trondenes you can learn about life on a traditional farm at the historical centre or join a guided tour of the Adolf guns from World War II.

The city has an exciting cultural life with events and festivals all year round, and many charming cafes and eateries. And if that isn’t enough, Northern Norway’s coolest water park is built into a mountain in the city centre.

Find more inspiration on Harstad’s official website.

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Top attractions in Harstad
Visit one of the largest battleship-cannons put on land in Europe during the second World War. You need to book tickets in advance. Read more
The Adolf Gun sightseeing
You can get to know this region, from the stone age to this day, through the historical exhibition "1000 years with plow, cross and sword". From 125… Read more
Medieval farm, Trondenes Historical centre
Trondenes Church is the northernmost and one of the most important stone churches from medieval times. Read more
Trondenes Church
See traces of the Vikings in Altevågen. Learn about the Middle Ages in Trondenes, and the worlds northernmost stonechurch from late Middle Ages.… Read more
City sightseeing from the sea with B&B Touring
We wish you welcome to a 3-4 hour fishing trip where you will get to experience the beautiful island-world outside of Harstad. From 1295 NOK. Read more
Boating, fishing and campfire
Our guide will take you to one of his/hers favourite spots to experience animal life, midnight sun and beach atmosphere late at night. Read more
Midnight sun kayaking
A spectacular world underneath Harstad City centre! Visit Harstads water park inside the mountain. Read more
Grottebadet - The Waterpark underneath the city
A unique experience right on the beautiful beach of Elgsnes. Join us for a gourmet-evening in rustic surroundings in a traditional boathouse. Only on… Read more
Gourmet treat at Elgsnes
Charming miniature city which is a beloved attraction by all the visitors in Harstad Read more
Kasfjord City -Miniature city
Experience the region's most fantastic view of fjords and mountains on Keipen. From 550 NOK. Read more
Local favourites - Hike to Keipen
Experience Harstad on an e-bike and find out about how we live north of the polar circle. From 650 NOK. Read more
City sightseeing by E-bike
On Blåbærhaugen, only 2 kilometers from Harstad, you will find the world's most northern Worlc Cup certified pump tracks. The facility, which exists… Read more
Harstad Bike Park
Do you want to go mountaineering in Harstad, and you value both the experience itself and the safety measures that go along? Then choose Arctic Sea to… Read more
Arctic Sea to Summits
Get a panoramic view of Harstad in addition to a spectacular view of our fjords and mountains. From 550 NOK. Read more
Panoramic hike to Gangsåstoppen
Destinations in Northern Norway
From local food and mountains soaring above deep blue fjords to the midnight sun and the northern lights – discover the Arctic capital,… Read more
The UNESCO-listed Vega Islands have been named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. Read more
The Vega Islands
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
The Lofoten Islands
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog sledding under the northern lights, and never-ending daylight in the… Read more
The North Cape
In the city of Alta you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, sleep in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern light. Read more
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom, Saltstraumen. The largest city in Nordland is also just a boat ride away from the old… Read more
Experience the cultural hub of Bodø as well as untouched nature, the world’s strongest tidal current, and remarkable, windswept… Read more
Get ready for an Arctic adventure with whale watching, cool museums, hiking and snowshoeing. In Vesterålen, you can combine wow experiences with… Read more
The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and… Read more
The Svalbard Islands
In Helgeland, you can paddle around the UNESCO-protected Vega islands and climb mountains like Torghatteen and The Seven Sisters. Or try the… Read more
Join a dogsled expedition, learn to throw a lasso, and experience the Sami culture first hand in Karasjok and Kautokeino. Read more
Land of the Sami
Discover Narvik, a town above the Arctic Circle where nature is your playground. Go hiking, skiing or climbing and experience the midnight sun in… Read more
Go hiking and kayaking under the midnight sun, or skiing and dog sledding under the northern lights. Or simply kick back and enjoy some of the most… Read more
Senja and Central Troms
An urban gem on a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an Arctic city full of life and outdoor adventure. Read more
In Nordkyn, the northernmost region on the European mainland, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, world class fishing, Arctic adventures and… Read more
Lyngenfjord and the Lyngsalpene mountain range are an Arctic area full of exotic and family-friendly outdoor activities that offer pure,… Read more
The Lyngenfjord region
Kystriksveien is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Climb the Torghatten and De syv søstre mountains, visit the Vega Islands and… Read more
Kystriksveien – the coastal route
Discover exotic Arctic adventures and stunning nature in Kirkenes, in the far northeast of Norway. Read more
In the northeastern most corner of Norway, birds cling to the rocky coastline in a dramatic Arctic landscape. Welcome to wild and rare nature,… Read more
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