Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

  1. How do I travel to Harstad?
  2. Can you tell me anything about Harstad?
  3. What are the northern lights?

Answers

1. How do I travel to Harstad?

From Harstad/Narvik Airport Evenes to Harstad:

Take the Airport Express Coach, or call Harstad Taxi at +47 77 04 10 00, minimum 3 hours before arrival.

From Stavanger:

Fly direct via Oslo with SAS and Norwegian.

From Bergen:

Fly via Oslo with SAS and Norwegian.

From Oslo:

Fly direct with SAS and Norwegian.

From Trondheim:

Fly direct with Widerøe and Norwegian, or via Oslo with SAS and Norwegian.

From Bodø:

Fly direct with Widerøe.

From Tromsø:

Fly direct with Widerøe or take the boat with Boreal.


2. Can you tell me anything about Harstad?

Harstad is a beautiful coastal town located on Hinnøya, the largest island in Norway. The area is densely populated and is surrounded by beautiful and varied scenery. The city has a vibrant cultural life, and annually arranges The Arts Festival of North Norway [http://www.visitharstad.com].

In Harstad, the mountain landscape is close to the city centre and is accessible within minutes, the view is majestic and the archipelago is idyllic and full of surprises. Here, you can go hiking on one of the many trails, drink pure river water and fish in the many mountain lakes or in the sea.

Harstad is surrounded by a diverse region. When travelling outside of Harstad, you might visit Kvæfjord and taste their world famous strawberries, or you can visit the Viking island of Bjarkøy with its 523 islets and rocks. The area around the region’s airport − Harstad / Narvik Airport Evenes (Lofoten International Airport) − offers fantastic countryside for hiking, white sandy beaches and beautiful fjords. The region has been settled for thousands of years, and you will find a cultural landscape that bears witness of this, along with ancient Sami places of residence [http://www.destinationharstad.no/hen/Harstad-region/Nature].

Read more about Harstad, the region and the municipalities at Destination Harstad.


3. What are the northern lights?

The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as ‘Aurora Borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora Australis’ in the south.

Auroral displays appear in many colors although pale green and pink are the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet have been reported. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow [http://www.northernlightscentre.ca/northernlights.html]. Read more about the Northern Lights here.

 


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