The 10 Best Things to Do in Harstad, Norway

January 18, 2018 Vivienne Hutton

 Harstad (help·info) is the second-most populated municipality in Troms county, Norway. It is mostly located on the large island of Hinnøya. The municipal center is the town of Harstad, the most populous town in Central Hålogaland, and the third-largest in all of Northern Norway. The town was incorporated in 1904. Villages in the municipality include Elgsnes, Fauskevåg, Gausvik, Grøtavær, Kasfjord, Lundenes, Nergården and Sørvika.
Restaurants in Harstad

1. Trondenes Church

Trondenesveien 128, Harstad 9404, Norway +47 77 01 89 89
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Trondenes Church

The world`s northernmost stone church, dating back to the late Middle Ages (1250). The church is set in scenic surroundings and boasts several treasures and a beautiful interior. Guided tours by appointment available year-round.

Reviewed By JohnnyHagen

This is a must see church for all beauty lovers. The altar has a large number of colorful wood figures of religious persons. In the main altar they separate from most churches I have seen. All three main figures are females, but they are holding their babies like Jesus and John the baptizer. It is the church closest to the sea in Norway, and had 8 meters of walls facing the sea the frighten off sea traveling robbers. It worked, as the robbers could not see there were no protection at all on the other side. Take bus no. 12 to visit this pearl of a church with roots from the 1100.

2. Keipen

Aunvatnan, Harstad, Norway
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5 based on 44 reviews

Keipen

Reviewed By Andrea M - Belfast, United Kingdom

In our two weeks trip to Norway this hike was certainly the one with the most beautiful scenery of all. The views of the sea, Mountains, lakes and rocks all with their incredibly vivid colors left us speechless. The climb is easy enough and you can get to the top in around an hour of even less if you don't stop for photos (but you will). The scenery once on top is an astounding 360 degrees of pure beauty. I would advise to try and do the walk in the evening sun (in the late spring / summer).

3. Trondenes Historical Centre

Trondenesveien 122, Harstad 9404, Norway +47 77 01 83 80
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4.5 based on 53 reviews

Trondenes Historical Centre

The Centre is located alongside Trondenes church on the Trondenes peninsula, a cultural heritage landscape marked by the Viking era, Middle Ages and Word War II. The exhibitiion provides an exiting insight into the history of Harstad and Hinnoy region with emphasis on the Viking era. The story is told through a unique multimedia show, featuring vision, music, light and smell. Opening hours  Off season: Monday to Friday 10.00 - 14.00 Sunday 11.00 - 16.00, Saturday closed High season medio june - medio august: all days 10.00 - 17.00 Closed on public holidays and national holidays

Reviewed By Peter D - Belgium

Some good information on the Vikings, the Middle Ages and WW II. The shop has an interesting variety of books, including a translation of the Havamal and a little book about the Runes.

4. Grottebadet Water Park

Haakons gate 7, Harstad 9405, Norway +47 77 04 17 70
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4 based on 73 reviews

Grottebadet Water Park

Northern Norway`s greatest water park is right in the centre of Harstad. A spectacular adventure with tropical weather all year round. In among the grottos and Waterfalls young visitors will find water slides, water canons and wave pools. The more adventurous can try the diving tower and swimming pools, and if you simply want to relax, we offer Jacuzzis and a therapy pool. Nautilus Training Centre is alslo licated here. In other words, we cater for all needs. You are guaranteed a perfect moment.

Reviewed By Geir62 - Alta, Norway

Exelent water fun for the hole family inside the mountain in themiddle of Harstad. Waterslide, theraphypool.

5. Trondenes Fort - The Adolf Guns

Trondenes | Trondenes, Harstad 9404, Norway +47 77 01 89 89
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Trondenes Fort - The Adolf Guns

Reviewed By daphil01

If you are close to Hardstad take your time to visit this historic site from World War 2. The guide gave a 90 minute tour around the Gun Nr. 4 (the other three are not accessible) in 3 languages (Norwegian, German and English). The tour as well as the site itself were very interesting and in a very good condition. If you are interested in war history you should visit this place.
As this place can only be visited by guided tours you should check the website to get more information regarding the schedule.

6. Gangsastoppen

Rikard Kaarboes gate 11, Harstad 9405, Norway +47 77 01 89 89
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Gangsastoppen

Distance: 3.5km there and back. Estimated time to the top: 30 minutes Suitable for: Most people. Start and finish: Car park in Toppenveien. Drive to the roundabout at Kanebogen Shopping Centre (3km south of Harstad city centre). Go past Shell petrol station. Turn right at the second road, Gamle Stangnesvei. From here it is signposted to the car park. Map available at the tourist office. Necessary equipment: None. Map: Walking map of Harstad (1:30 000) Marked trail: No. Good path. Drinking water: No. Route description: Good trail to the top. Rolling birch ground. There are benches and a binocular on the top. Fantastic views across the city of Harstad.

Reviewed By William K - Harstad, Norway

You cannot visit Harstad without taking a walk up to Gangsåstoppen. The view from the top is absolutely stunning, you can see the whole city, and the sea and Mountains in all directions. There is even a stationary telescope that you can use if you find a point of interest you want to study closer. The walk up there is quite easy, 20-30 minute walk in not to harsh a path, and when you get up there's benches to relax on. Pretty much anyone can go there without to much difficulty. Definetly worth every minute of your time!

7. Mountain Hike to Musvannet

Rikard Kaarboes gate 11, Harstad 9405, Norway
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Mountain Hike to Musvannet

Distance: 9km there and back. Estimated time to the top: 1 hour 15 minutes Suitable for: Most people. Good jogging trail. Start and finish: Folkeparken. Folkeparken is situated approx 5 minutes from the city centre. Drive past and at the back of the hospital and to the large car park at the end of the road. Necessary equipment: None. Map: Walking map of Harstad (1:30 000) Marked trail: Partly signposted only. Drinking water: After about 2km. Route description: Take the gravelled road straight on and past Grunnvannet. At the crossroad at end of Grunnvannet, continue straight on along the gravelled road (sloping down and a little to the left). The road is called Fjellveien. Follow the road down and then up to a crossroad, where it is signposted to Musvannet. There is a “gapahuk” (rustic shelter) with a fireplace at Musvannet.

Reviewed By Tone1997 - Norway

2 km from the city center- this is easy accessible for all inhabitants and visitors. The trails are well marked and easy to hike. It is like you enter into the Wilderness when you leave the parking lot - there are good restings places "gapahuks" along the route- we did not stop- but it is costom to bring your picnic with you in a rucksac and lite a fire for a small BBQ -since the resting places have a roof the weather conditions does not matter. A very good place to spend a few hours and the kids - of all ages- love it !

8. Rokenes Gard

Stornesveien 127, Harstad 9402, Norway +47 77 05 84 44
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Rokenes Gard

Old trading post and guesthouse dating back to the 16th century. The property has been in the same family for 10 generations, since 1673. The gallery in the former barn is venue for an exhibition by the Harr siblings. Sale of crafts from local producers on Lavebrua. Beautiful setting for lunch, dinner, meetings, weddings and other events, either in the main house from 1750 or the converted cow-shed from 1899. Accommodation in the 16th century farm storehouse. There is a 9-hole golfcourse on the property. Restaurant and café open daily during summer from beginning of June to late August. Open Sundays throughout the year, otherwise by appointment. Welcome.!

Reviewed By JohnnyHagen

The Rokenes Gard is situated a little drive outside of Harstad. We recommend taking a taxi. The Gard (meaning farm) is one of the oldest and biggest in the area. They have turned the barn into a three floor restaurant and home crafts sales exhibition. Though they can seat hundreds, they also have more intimate areas. The rooms, and all items decorating the walls, are spectacular. The food are based on traditional Norwegian food for hard working people. So we found the portions to be solid. But all dishes had a gourmet twist, and tasted very good. The only "complaint" was that with so much food, tasting so good, we all overate. Luxury problem :-)

9. Harstad Kulturhus

Havnegata 3, Harstad 9404, Norway +47 77 02 81 00
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Harstad Kulturhus

Reviewed By PetrasLisauskas

Thats a fantastic stage to performe also to see.
It is really good equipte technicaly
Comfortable seats
Very good service
It is in the same building as hotel so you can go to performance not even leaving the building.
So when in Harstad check what is on stage !!!

10. Mountain Hike to Saetertinden

Sandtorg, Harstad 9430, Norway +47 77 01 89 89
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5 based on 4 reviews

Mountain Hike to Saetertinden

Distance: approx 15km there and back. Estimated time to the summit: 4 – 5 hours Suitable for: The physical fit. The last part to the top is a little demanding. Start and finish: Go south from Harstad, past Tjeldsund Bridge and towards Lodingen. Park at Sandtorg sportsground (signposted in arbogen). Necessary equipment: None, but good shoes are recommended due to rocky parts at the end. Map: Walking map of Vesteralen-Hinnoya (Statens kartverk 1:100 000) Marked trail: No. Good path. Visible peak from starting point. Drinking water: Intermittent before the final ascent to the top. Route description: Follow path/road through the gate from the football pitch. There is a road heading to arbogvatnet 258m. (Alternatively, you can follow the path on the west side of arbogelva). Continue from the lake a short distance south to the ridge, where you will find a cabin (book). From here, follow the posts to the top. Follow the same route going back. If you descend along the road on the north side of the river, make sure that you continue straight on where the paths meet on the plain close to the sportsground. If you don’t, you will end up on the north side of the river and have to follow the road all the way down to E-10 and then head south and back up again to the sportsground.

Reviewed By Harrier18 - Moscow, Russia

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