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Norway - the ultimate nature-based cruise destination


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Harstad Cruise Port

Harstad – food, culture and nature adventures !

Situated in the middle of Northern-Norway, Harstad is strategically placed at the gate of Vesterålen and Lofoten. With its 24 000 inhabitants Harstad is one of the largest cities of Northern-Norway. This region offers it all, from ancient history and stunning nature experiences to high-end dining and excellent cultural festivals. We recommend a visit during one of our many festivals, such as ILIOS – festival for contemporary music (February), Contrasto – classical music festival (March) the Arctic Arts Festival (June), international deep-sea fishing competition and Bakgården music festival (August), Arctic Wine Festival (September), Arctic Moving Image and Film Festival (October)

Attractions & Excursions

Culinary feast at Elgsnes Farm
Photo: Petter Olaussen

Culinary feast at Elgsnes Farm

Welcome to a unique experience – in the worlds northernmost inhabited archipelago! We go by bus to Elgsnes, a white sandy beach situated approximately 20 km outside Harstad city Centre. Here people settled already in the early Stone Age, and one of the richest graves in Scandinavia from the Viking Age was found here. The main building today is from 1723 and was used as a guesthouse already on 1798.
Cook & Eat
Photo: Lina_Liebute

Cook & Eat

Join us for a session with some of the best chefs, and the best produce, of the region. Together as a team we prepare a delicious meal in the professional kitchen. We learn about the local ingredients, where it comes from and how it is produced. The session is completed with a perfectly balanced meal. Duration:2-3 hours Capacity: 8-15
The Trondenes Peninsula
Photo Sigrid Schrøder

The Trondenes Peninsula

The Trondenes Peninsula is historically important; it was once the seat of a Viking Chieftain and later it was occupied by the Germans during World War II. Visit the world’s northernmost stone church dating back to the late middle ages (1250), Trondenes Church.
Trondenes Peninsula with medieval farm
Photo Sør-Troms Museum_Harriet M Olsen

Trondenes Peninsula with medieval farm

In Trondenes the 1200th century farm is inhabited by the girl Magnhild, her parents, Asbjørg and Hallvard, grandfather Brage and some other family members. At the farm there is always a lot of work to do, so they all help with taking care of the animals and the land, mending the fence and cooking the food.
Guided day trip to the Lofoten Islands
Photo Roger Johansen

Guided day trip to the Lofoten Islands

From Harstad we travel south through the historical and beautiful Tjeldsundet strait. On our way, we pass the old trading post Sandtorgholmen from the 15th century. North of Lødingen we head westwards for 18 km before entering “LOFAST”- the mainland connection of Lofoten. From here we drive towards Fiskebøl and Svolvær.
Viking chieftain Tore Hund's empire
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Viking chieftain Tore Hund's empire

A RIB takes you from Harstad to Sundsvoll strait to Bjarkøy. Learn about the geography, nature and history of the area, such as the seat of chieftan Tore Hund at Øvergården in Nergårdshavn. We make a short stop in the Sundsvoll strait so that you can get to know the kittiwakes and eagles on bird rock.

Port Facilities

Open 24 h
ISPS approved Yes
Designated quays for cruise ships Yes
Pilot Channel 12
Tidal movement 2 m approx.
Ship tenders allowed Yes
Ships stay minimum/maximum No limitation
Maximum number of ships per day in port 2
Maximum number of passengers per day in port No limitation
Environmental limitations/restrictions
Other Larsneset length 280 meter, depth 7,5 m. Seljestad length 200 m, depth 7m. Stangnes kai 2 lengde 220m depth 9,5m.

Maximum Ship Dimensions

Air draft


Available Yes
Pontoons Can be rented
Tugboat Can be arranged

Port Services

Bunkers Yes, by tanker
Supplies Yes
Waste handling Yes
Fresh water Yes 2,5 m3/min
Waste water method By tanker
Other Bunkers method: By car ordocingatrefuling facility
Are the port facilities according to Cruise Norway's quality guidelines? Yes


Port of Harstad

Phone +47 77 00 12 12
Contact person Ivar Hagenlund
Mailing Address POB. 193, NO-9482 Harstad
Visiting Address Rikard Kaarbøesgt 2
Port control
Charts 69- 77-79-81-82-487
Emergency channel (VHF) Channel 16
Medical Emergency Phone 113
Pilot channel (VHF) Channel 12
Distance to nearest pilot station

Taxi YES
Shopping 150 m
Tax refund
Distances - airport 44 km
Distance to city centre 50 m

Visit Harstad

Mailing Address Sjøgata 3
Visiting Address POB. 654, NO-9486 Harstad
Phone +47 77 01 89 89
Contact person Lisbeth Hansen
Phone +47 941 88 036
E-mail lisbeth@visitharstad.no
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