Harstad is a city and municipality in the county of Troms in Northern Norway. Harstad is situated on Norways largest coastal island, Hinnøya. The region is very varied, with coastal mountains, fjords, some agriculture (dairy farming, sheep and the northernmost strawberry farming on the planet) and even a national park on the island itself - Møysalen National Park. Svolvær in Lofoten is only 2h 20 min drive south of Harstad.

Get in

The fastest way is by plane from Oslo airport to Evenes (Harstad/Narvik airport) on the mainland. From the airport the corresponding bus will take you to Harstad (45 km) in 40 minutes, using the Tjeldsund Bridge. Going by own car is an advantage, as this will allow you to explore the varied surroundings, including Vesterålen, Lofoten and Ofoten. The coastal steamer (Hurtigruten) calls at Harstad. There is also an express boat connecting Harstad with Tromsø (3 hours, 580 NOK) and Finnsnes (1 hour 45 min, 330 NOK), and scheduled bus several times a day to and from Narvik (stops at Evenes - Harstad/Narvik airport).

Get around

The public transport system isn't very large in Harstad. There are only some busses connecting you to the different parts of the city, but mostly you can walk. Actually, there are 21 eating places (restaurants and cafés) in the range of 800 meters in Harstad, so you will get most of your joy by walking.






There are several pubs which get quite lively Friday and Saturday nights, and also some places with dancing floor.


There are several hotels in Harstad, as well as camping facilities.

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