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Northern lights over Elgenes in Harstad, Northern Norway
Northern lights over Elgenes in Harstad, Northern Norway
Norther lights in Harstad.
Photo: Stian Klo
Norther lights in Harstad.
Photo: Stian Klo
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Harstad

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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Things to do in Harstad

Historical sites and cultural gems – explore some of the highlights.

Top hikes and cycling trips

Try some of the best trips in Harstad.

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Harstad.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Harstad offers.

Getting to Harstad

Get in-depth travel information 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. Two daily tours in the period from July 11th till… 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 cycling 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
Tromsø
The UNESCO-protected islands of Vega, just south of the Arctic Circle, is named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. Read more
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 in the winter and months of never-ending sunlight in… 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
Alta
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in the county of Nordland is also just a boat ride away… Read more
Bodø
Get ready for an Arctic adventure with whale watching, cool museums, hiking and snowshoeing. In Vesterålen, you can combine wow experiences with… Read more
Vesterålen
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
Helgeland
Teeming bird rocks in Hornøya, a snow hotel, dramatic war stories and a witch monument in Vardø are among the attractions awaiting… Read more
Kirkenes and Eastern Finnmark
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
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
Narvik
Go kayaking and hiking in 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 surprise along a barren, mostly uninhabited coast, Hammerfest is an arctic town full of life and outdoor adventurous. Read more
Hammerfest
In Nordkyn, the northernmost region on the European mainland, you can enjoy beautiful scenery, world class fishing, Arctic adventures and… Read more
Nordkyn
Experience the cultural hub of Bodø as well as untouched nature, the world’s strongest tidal current, and remarkable, windswept… Read more
Salten
The Lyngenfjord and the Lyngsalpene mountain range form an Arctic area of exotic and family-friendly outdoor activities based on pure fun… Read more
The Lyngenfjord region
Kystriksveien is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Along the road you can climb the mountains Torghatten and De syv søstre,… Read more
Kystriksveien – the coastal route
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    • Harstad train

      By train

      There are daily train departures between Oslo and Fauske in Nordland, with onward travel to Harstad by connecting bus.

    • Harstad bus

      By bus

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

    • Harstad boat

      By boat

      Harstad has excellent express boat connections with Tromsø, located about 3 hours away, and to the islands Bjarkøy and Senja.

      The north and southbound Hurtigruten ships meet daily in Harstad.

      Ad: Hurtigruten – “The World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage”.

    • Harstad car

      By car

      From the south, follow E6 to Bognes and take the ferry to Lødingen. From Lødingen, follow E10 and Rv 83 to Harstad.

      From Narvik, follow E6 to Bjerkvik. From Bjerkvik, take E10 to Tjeldsundbrua bridge and then Rv 83 to Harstad.

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    • Harstad plane

      By plane

      There are several daily flights from Oslo Airport to Harstad/Narvik Airport. 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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