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Harstad Local Directory

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Harstad municipality has approximately 24.000 inhabitants a covers a area of 445.8 km2 and is North Noway´s cultural power center. That´s also why the "Festspillene i Nord-Norge" (International Music Festival in North Norway) are held every year in Harstad. The city is located on Norway´s largest Island, Hinnøya, and the town is surrounded by some of the most beautiful skerries and adventures in Norway.

Most of the municipality is located on the large island of Hinnøya, which is Norway´s largest coastal island (three islands in the Svalbard archipelago are larger). The northern part of the municipality is located on the smaller islands of Grytøya, Bjarkøya, Sandsøya, and many smaller islands between the Andfjorden (to the west) and the Vågsfjorden (to the east). The municipality contains several small islands, including Arnøya, Gressholman, Helløya, Kjeøya, Kjøtta, Kjøttakalven, Flatøya, Meløyvær, Måga, Rogla, Lille Rogla and Åkerøya.

The highest mountain in Harstad is Sætertinden, which is 1,095 metre above sea level. It is located near the village of Sandtorg in southern Harstad. The 412 metre tall mountain, Nupen, is located in the northwestern part of the municipality on the border with Kvæfjord. You´ll also experience that the Harstad region is a centre of opportunities. You can experience the adventure island of Senja by direct ferry from Harstad, the whale safari from Andenes, the killer whale safari in Tysfjord and day trips to Lofoten. Or simply put the perfect starting point for a number of adventures. The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures.


Bjarkøy is an island municipality comprising 365 islands and islets of varying size. The most populous islands are Bjarkøy, Sandsøy, parts of Grytøy, Meløyvær and Krøttøy. On the island of Bjarkøy, you find Nergård, the administrative centre, where governmental services are provided.

In former days, Bjarkøy was a market place and a centre for the trade in hides with the county of Finnmark. The district of Bjarkøy is situated in magnificent surroundings, from high mountains to white sandy beaches. The coast is a paradise for boating enthusiasts. Good transport links, express boat and ferries.


Tore Hund was chieftain here around the year 1000. He laid the foundation for the immense riches of the Bjarkøy family through trade with the Sami people and the Karelians. Under Erling Vidkunson, one of Norway’s great politicians in the 14th century, Norway was governed from Bjarkøy. Up until the 1960s, Bjarkøy was a centre for herring fishing and seal hunting. In recent years, small-scale industrial activities have been predominant, in addition to the traditional primary industries (agriculture and fishing).


The world's largest land-based gun.


The world's oldest schooner still in operation, dating from 1868. The "Anna Rogde" will have 13 regular sailings in the summer of 1997 (see activities/sightseeing). She may also be hired for day trips, trips to the Lofoten Islands, killer whale safaris, social events, voyages, etc.


Roman Catholic Church, St. Sunniva, is a wooden church dating from 1893.


Modern church built in 1958 in traditional style.


The world’s most northerly stone church, dating back to the late Middle Ages (1250). The church is set in scenic surroundings 3 km outside Harstad. It boasts several treasures and a beautiful interior.


Grytøy Bygdetun at Lundenes. Old buildings with an atmosphere, preserved as an original 19th century farm.


Collection of old buildings with dwelling house and prison dating from the 19th century. Cow and sheep house, stable and smithy.


A Chapel at Elgsnes, about 30 km from Harstad.


Kjøtta is an island approximately 3 km in size and is located northeast of Harstad - about 20 min. by boat. Daily calls with Gapøy except Saturdays. You can rent rooms with 2 or more beds, cooking possibilities, WC, shower and laundry facilities in a common room. Separate floating pier and rentals of small boats with or without engine, or larger boats with operator for great fishing trips. You can clean and prepare your catch on the quay, and freezing facilities are available. Kjøtta Sjøcamp will be adapted for wheelchair users, including a scenic trail. Kjøtta is the perfect starting point to experience the beautiful archipelago.


Grøtavær Brygge is located in beautiful surroundings in the fishing hamlet of Grøtavær, which is rich in traditions. Accommodation and meals in the enterprise's main building, 1 km from the wharf. Fully licensed. Private parties organised in two unique attics, with sea food on the menu. Room for 250 guest (advance reservations). Café on the wharf. Boats for hire. Local guide available for boat trips, on request. Opportunities for fishing trips with larger boat and skipper. Gutting and preparation of fish on the wharf. Enjoy horses, goats, sheep, rabbits, hens and a cock. Riding. Hiking trips on marked paths.


The wharf was built at the end of the last century, and has been a centre for mending of fishing nets, sale of baits, and steam boats. At present, Hagan Brygge is a cultural-historical gem used for various events.


The venerable Røkenes Gård is an estate with main building dating from 1750. It is located 6 km north of Harstad. The estate, which has been in the same family's possession since 1670, is an old North-Norwegian trade centre with a royal licence from 1777 to deal in cargo boats and to run a guesthouse - with a duty to serve spirits - as they said at the time. Wonderful setting for lunch, dinner, meetings, etc.


Experience North Norwegian history and culture at Trondenes Historical Centre! Trondenes Historical Centre is located in a picturesque area close to Trondnes Church and only 3 km from Harstad city centre. Visit out exhisibitions that give you a glimpse into North Norway's and Hålogaland's exciting history via unique original objects, specially composed music and mutivision, smells and pictures. Hear stories from the Viking- and Middle Ages, up until WW II and today's urban community. The exhibition is texted in Norwegian, English and German.

Facilities: Enjoy coffee, lunch or dinner at the Tronus Cafè / Restaurant that has a dining terrace and panorama view toward the mountains, sea and seaward approach to Harstad. Give and souveinr shop with large assorment of items. Rooms can be rented for meetings and special occasions.


Vertshuset Nordlændingen is located in the venerable building of Giævergården (built in 1891) on the outskirts of Harstad town centre, near the arts centre. Nordlændingen has developed into a throbbing centre for coastal culture in our region - meals, beverages and entertainment/live music served in genuine, North-Norwegian surroundings.


Statoil has its largest activities in Norway. The company's head office is in Stavanger, with corporate functions located in both Stavanger and Oslo. Furthermore, Statoil has activities in a number of locations in Norway. We are the largest operator on the Norwegian continental shelf, and a license holder in numerous oil and gas fields.

Our onshore facilities in Norway are active within such areas as gas treatment, crude oil reception, refinement and methanol production. Statoil also has the technical responsibility for the world’s most extensive subsea pipeline system for the transport of gas.

Statoil has over 500 service stations in Norway and additionally sells heating products, electricity, propane and lubrication products.


Beautiful cruciform church dating from about 1765.


Dating from about 1888.


Stone Monument to the Viking chieftain Tore Hund, who had his seat on Bjarkøy and the Bjarkøy family. Culture path through area with ancientmonuments. (Fotefar mot nord.)


One of the largest private collections in northern Europe of preserved birds and animals.


Old country courtyard and buildings - "Ole Ottesa" house. Restored crofter´s home from the 1800s.


The Midnight Sun stays above the horizon, and it is light 24 hours a day. The sky must be clear and there must be unobstructed visibility northwards in order to see the Midnight Sun. A summer night on the fjord or in the mountains is an experience not to be missed, you can go fishing in the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, or you can take a walk in the wilderness surrounding.


Aurora Borealis is the Latin name for the Northern Lights – solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole. The Northern Lights are only visible when the sky is dark and clear, from August to April, and they are most intense from 10 pm to midnight. The region on the 700 northern latitude is a fantastic place for experiencing the beautiful and intense play of colours given off by the Northern Lights.


The dark time, or the long, dark Polar Night, lasts from 30th November - 12th January - there is only a twilight-dusk type of light (the blue light) for a few hours during the middle of the day. This does not mean that it becomes totally dark, however. The aurora borealis trails its multicoloured banner across the sky and the moon lights the scene just like the nightlight of Our Lord. The experience of the winter with the uniqueness of the light, the northern lights and snow is fantastic. Especially beautiful is the blue light southwards, just before it becomes dark.


Bird rock at Sundsvollsundet. Kittiwake colony with more than 10.000 birds.


Exhibition of home art and crafts made by local craftspeople. Demonstration of wool tangling, knife making, the Norwegian pony used for work, leisure, transport and riding. Farm open to the public: get to know the animals: the goat Grimkjell, the Norwegian pony Villemo, lamb, ducks, rabbits, kid, etc.


Deep sea fishing enthusiasts can take a fishing trip out on the ocean. You can fish for salmon, sea trout and Arctic trout. Be aware that there are a number of special rules in regards to fishing. Remember to purchase a fishing licence.


Harstad Golfclub is a golf course with 9 holes and a variation of difficulties. The course lies around Røkenes Farm, approximately 4 km north from Harstad City Center.