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.

Port: Harstad
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Harstad

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Trondenes Church and Historical Center

    In terms of inhabitants, Harstad is the third largest city in Northern Norway with approximately 23, 000 persons living in the immediate area. Situated approximately 155 miles north of the Artic Circle, the main industries are shipbuilding, fishing and trading. On the cultural side, the town is also of importance. Every year at the end of June, the Festival of Northern Norway is arranged with concerts, theater performances and exhibitions of various kinds.

    Departing the pier you will first take a scenic drive through the center of the town as you head towards the Trondenes peninsula. Here, you will stop for a visit at the Trondenes church, erected in 1250 in late Roman style. The oldest piece in the church is the baptismal font and it is here where the first Christians of Northern Norway were baptized. The three beautiful triptychs were made in Northern Germany in medieval times and the organ is in late baroque/rococo style. Around the church building runs a wall that dates back to medieval times and you can even see the remains of two watchtowers that overlook the sea.

    From the church, you will walk approximately a 1/2 mile to the Historical Center which was opened in May 1997. Here, the history of the region Haalogaland is told by using pictures, displays, special lighting and even smells. The Center focuses on tales from the Norse Period and the Viking Period, as well as enlightening visitors on the power of the church, Norwegian heroes and old Norwegian customs.

    Travelling back to the pier, your return route will take you through the suburbs to see how people live up here far beyond the Arctic Circle.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1.5 hours of moderate walking/standing and some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Flat, comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary. The transportation is not air-conditioned.

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  • Trondenes Church and City Center

    This tour gives you a nice panoramic overview of the town and visits the notable Trondenes church.

    Boarding your coach at the pier, you will start with a scenic drive through the center of the town as you head towards the Trondenes peninsula. Here, you will stop for a visit at the Trondenes church, erected in 1250 in late Roman style. The oldest piece in the church is the baptismal font and it is here where the first Christians of Northern Norway were baptized. The three beautiful triptychs were made in Northern Germany in medieval times and the organ is in late baroque/rococo style. Around the church building runs a wall that dates back to medieval times and you can even see the remains of two watchtowers that overlook the sea.

    After your visit at the Church, you will re-board your coach and travel through the suburbs to see how people live far beyond the Arctic Circle. Several oil companies have settled here in recent years and once back in town, a drive along the harbor where several shipyards are situated, gives a good look at the hustle and bustle connected to the oil industry.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of moderate walking/standing and some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Flat, comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary. The transportation is not air-conditioned.

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  • Hike to Mt. Kjeipen

    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.

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  • Trastad Collections and the Røkenes Farm

    Harstad is the culture capital of Northern Norway. With its population of 23,000, it is situated on the largest island in Norway; Hinnøya, home to one of the most beautiful coastal areas. Commercial and shipping industries are economically important to the area and the borough is also a base for the oil industry of the north. During summer, the town is teeming with people along the quayside and during festival times, there is music in the streets, in the square, in the pubs, concert hall and churches. Leisure time activities are many and varied in the city and boating is a favorite activity.

    Departing the pier, a short drive brings you to the Hemmestad Village/Wharf; a former trading post on the sea at Hemmestad. Time has stood still here for almost 200 years and history can be seen everywhere. The store, the cod liver barrel and the nordland boats that bathe in the sun on the Pebble beach all help to create a magical feeling from days gone by. You can also see the large boathouse that houses a great collection of boats, an exhibition and a café.

    From here, you will next travel to Kvæfjord with its picturesque surroundings. The municipality is known for its vibrant nature and has long agricultural traditions. One of its outward trademarks is the juicy strawberries that are grown here in the light from the Midnight Sun. Kvæfjord and its two adjacent fjords Austerfjorden and Gullesfjorden, are good fishing fjords with fishing available throughout the year. The borough also has large woodland and mountain areas with trout and char fishing in the lakes and hunting. The rich bird and animal life that includes eagles, seals and otters, make Kvæfjord an aspired venue for both bird watchers and animal lovers. Your visit will include time at the Trastad Collections which is based in an authentic residential and care facility from 1966 that was a former central institution for mentally challenged persons. On display is a unique collection of art in Norway`s only gallery exhibiting art created by people with mental disabilities.

    Leaving Kvæfjord behind, your tour then travels to the unique setting of the Røkenes Farm. The Farm, situated in beautiful surroundings just outside Harstad, has a long and colorful history. It has been run by the same family since 1673, through 10 generations, and the history of the main house dates back to 1750. The owners of this delightful property have developed the estate in the last ten years from a traditional farm to a high quality restaurant. Here, we will be served coffee and Kvæfjord cake. This tasty cake was selected as Norway's National Cake in a nationwide election.

    Following your visit to the Farm, you will re-board your coach for the return drive back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of moderate walking/standing and some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Flat, comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary. The transportation is not air-conditioned.

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