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Harstad, Norway-port

Above the Arctic Circle, picturesque Harstad, the cultural capital of Northern Norway, is located on the country’s largest island. A major commercial and shipping hub, the port city mixes modern architecture with old, and is alive with festivals in the summer. Historic trading posts, such as Røkenes Farm and Sandtorgholmen Hotel take guests back in time with their centuries old buildings, fantastic culinary experiences and genuine hospitality. Favorite day trips include the 13th-century Trondenes Church and the nearby Heritage Center; or exploring the Grytøy – Bjarkøy – Krøttøy archipelago by bicycle. And for those looking to get away from it all, the surrounding areas offer mountain trails, both gentle and challenging, amid pristine forests and lakes overlooking majestic fjords.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Hike to Mt. Kjeipen
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Trondenes Church and City Center
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Trondenes Church and Historical Center
    Light Activity /Walking

Hike to Mt. Kjeipen

Moderate Activity/Walking

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: HAT-004

As is the case in most of Norway, the residents of Harstad are fond of nature and hiking. This tour, geared toward hikers, gives you the opportunity to hike in one of the areas favored by the locals.

Your tour commences with a 30-minute drive to the trail head at Mount Aunfjellet. Aunfjellet is one of Norway's natural treasures with scattered forest land, small mountain-lakes, marshland, stones, fields and indigenous plant life. Wildlife in the area consists of a variety of different birds, such as sparrows, eagles and hawks. You might even be fortunate enough to spot a fox or a member from the mink family. The hike is on a 1.5 mile long path that treks up to Mt. Kjeipen. Near the top, sit next to a campfire while being served freshly brewed coffee and snacks. Don't forget to bring your camera as you will want to be sure and capture photos of the amazing views that look out over the cliffs and indigo waters of the surrounding sea.

Retracing your steps, you will re-join your coach for the transfer back to Harstad where your tour concludes at the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1.5 hours of strenuous hiking that travels both up and down hills and over natural surfaces, rocks and small rivers. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair, guests with mobility concerns, heart conditions, asthma or pregnant women. Flat, sturdy hiking books, long pants and a light jacket are suggested. The transportation is not air-conditioned.