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Quaint, primary-colored houses and church steeples peek out from a treed hillside surrounding deep blue Atlantic waters, welcoming you to this beautiful Nordic port. Named after the old farm for which the city was built on, Harstad is more popularly known to locals as “The Pearl of Vågsfjorden.”

The land of the midnight sun, Norway experiences a full 24 hours of daylight during the summer months between May and July. The most darkness you might experience is when the sun dips just below the horizon, so take advantage of this phenomena by exploring the edge of the Arctic Circle to the fullest.

Harstad's city center and harbor feature plenty of points of interest for history buffs. A traditional center during the Viking Age, Iron Age, the Norwegian Armed Forces during the Second World War, today the town serves as the capital of the North Norway oil industry.

Hike Harstad’s highest mountain, Sætertinden, to take in views 3,593 feet above sea level. Explore the icy Atlantic waters with a fishing tour. Immerse yourself in Scandinavian spa culture with a trip to the Grottebadet Waterpark to explore its caves, waterfalls, therapeutic pools, Jacuzzis, and more. Or, simply take a bike ride to experience native Norwegian life in the busy town streets.

So far off the map, yet so ingrained in history, Harstad is the city you didn’t know you needed to visit.

Trondenes Church

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Trondenes Church in Harstad, Norway

Trondenes Church

Journey just outside of Harstad to discover the world’s northernmost medieval church. Dating back to the 13th century, discern the simple white façade and high-peaked red roof of this oceanside church befitting a postcard. Walk the picturesque grounds, which are also home to the neighboring Trondenes Historical Center. Stop in to learn more about the region’s Viking Era, Medieval Age period, and WWII German Occupation.

World War II History

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The Trondenes Church in Norway, above which sits an enormous World War II naval cannon.

World War II History

Perched above the heights north of the Trondenes Church sits an enormous World War II naval cannon. One of four constructed by German soldiers during Norway’s occupation, the Adolf Gun—as it has been named—remains the only fully maintained and working cannon of the set. Hike the scrubby hillside to see this imposing giant in person, and even sneak a picture from the mouth of the barrel.

The Sailing Queen of Norway

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A wooden dock in Norway, port of the Anna Rogde—the Sailing Queen of Norway.

The Sailing Queen of Norway

Keep your eyes peeled as you sail into port to spy the majesty of the Anna Rogde—the Sailing Queen of Norway and world’s oldest sailing schooner. Named after the original ship captain’s wife, the classic sailboat served as a delivery vessel for the Rogde family’s dried cod business. A well-maintained vestige of days gone by, take a tour aboard the white hulled beauty to see nearby fjords and neighboring islands.

Harstad, Norway At a glance

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Norwegian Krone
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Local Details:
GPS: 68°47'60"N 16°32'45"E
Size: 445.17 KM2 (171.88 MI2)
Population: 24,845
Density: 56 Pop/KM2 (22 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 47

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