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Northern lights over Harstad.
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The cultural capital of the north

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.

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Kayaking in the Harstad archipelago
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Sunset in Harstad
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Archipelago safari by RIB boats
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Midnight sun in Harstad
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Find activities and attractions

Go for a hike in the surrounding nature, try fishing or kayaking under the midnight sun, or enjoy Harstad’s many cultural attractions.

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Harstad.
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Harstad.
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Getting here and around

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

  • By train to Harstad

    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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  • By boat to Harstad

    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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  • By plane to Harstad

    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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