Welcome to Harstad
Harstad – be arctic!
Situated on Norway’s biggest Island, Hinnøya, you find Harstad – a region with unforgettable nature experiences, local food with excellent chefs, genuine shops, music festivals, an untouched archipelago and much more! We are also home for hiking enthusiasts since we have the mountains and the paths starting from the city centre. On the other hand, you can walk from one cabin to the other – all you need is a key, which you can buy or rent at the tourist information!
Right outside our doorstep, you can reach the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands within a few hours by car and combine your trip with a spectacular journey with a fast boat to Tromsø – the Paris of the north. The Harstad region is a perfect start to your arctic adventure – or the end. We save the best for last, don’t we?
Home to the most romantic place in Norway to see the midnight sun and in the middle of the northern lights belt – Harstad is ready to seduce you as well! With 24/7 hours of sunlight in summertime and the mysterious green and purple aurora borealis in wintertime, the natural phenomena in the Harstad area can be experienced all year.
In Harstad you can as well enjoy local, fresh food from the neighbouring farms! We have many great restaurants and cafès as well as three gourmet restaurants! Did you know that Harstad is called the gourmet city in the north? You are welcome to come and try reindeer, fresh fish, local vegetables and much more! Or why not grab a caffè latte on the go whilst wisiting our shopping streets and malls. In Harstad you can shop from local stores and enjoy the spectacular view of the ocean and the surrounding island when you go from one place to the other.
Welcome to Harstad – feel the arctic, be arctic!