Harstad, Norway

Introduction to Harstad, Norway

One of the mountainous archipelagos of the 70-mile long Lofoten island chain.

Composed of some of the world's oldest rocks, divided by fjords during the Ice Age, the islands are the setting of fertile farmlands and a jagged coastline dotted with fishing villages and ancient rocks - rising sheer from the sea to over 3,000 feet in some places.

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Adolf Kanon, Harstad, Norway

ADOLF GUN

  • Discover the site of the gigantic Adolf Gun – a remnant from the German occupation
  • Marvel at the world’s largest land based cannon
  • See much of the original equipment from World War II
Activity Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Take a visit to see the largest land based gun in the world - the historic highlight of this tour.

The Adolf Gun from World War II has a barrel big enough for a man to crawl inside and the exhibition will explain the history of the gun and its planned use. The battery at Trøndenes was built in 1943 by the German occupiers, and the bunkers have exhibits depicting the history of the mammoth gun, which can only be visited with an authorised guide as it stands on military property. Your guide will explain that it was able to fire missiles of up to 1,030 kilogrammes and the highlight will be to see how the gun was loaded and fired.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking as well as steps to negotiate; therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. You will be at the site for approximately an hour and a quarter.

 


Rokenes Manor Tea room, Harstad, Norway

AFTERNOON TEA AT RØKENES MANOR

  • Admire the idyllic location that this manor house adorns
  • Enjoy afternoon tea with Norwegian specialities
Activity Tour
Price£38.00 - £48.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Located in beautiful countryside near Harstad, your guide will escort you on the short journey to reach the rural retreat, where you will partake in afternoon tea.

Røkenes Farm is an old trading post and guesthouse dating back to the 16th century. The property has been in the same family for 10 generations, since 1673. The gallery in the former barn is the venue for an exhibition by the Harr Siblings, and there will also be crafts from local producers on sale. Afternoon tea and biscuits will be served in the beautiful old farmhouse, before being shown around this wonderful home, and told about the farm’s history. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT NORWAY 2016 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there will be a moderate amount of walking on this tour - it may prove difficult for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. Walking of approximately 10 minutes, on a steep lane to and from the farm, is required and steps to the main house will need negotiating.

 


City Center, Harstad, Norway

HARSTAD HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the highlights of Harstad 
  • Pause at the viewpoint at Utsikten
  • Enjoy the best panoramic views at Nupen
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£28.00 - £18.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Explore Norway’s largest island, Hinnøya, from the comfort of your coach as you take in the sights of Harstad and its surrounding countryside.

You will first embark on a leisurely drive through the town to take in the highlights. Your first stop is at Utsikten where you will have a magnificent view of Harstad. It will be a great opportunity to take a photograph of your ship berthed in the harbour below.

Next you will drive past the University Hospital, St Olav's gate, Harstad Church and the Hans Egede monument. Your tour will then proceed to Kasfjord, located on the outskirts of Harstad, where you will also see Kasfjord Lake which is surrounded by beautiful scenery. It will be here that you will also see the Kasfjord art gallery, home to a collection of miniature houses, shops and more. Your final stop will be at the viewpoint Nupen, which is considered Norway's most romantic place as it is a great place to see the midnight sun with a wonderful view over Andefjord. Heading back to Harstad and your awaiting ship, you will drive through Kvæfjord, known for its long agricultural tradition of crops of fine strawberries and potatoes. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this is a non-walking tour, therefore is ideal for those with limited mobility; however guests must be able to board the coach unaided. All participants must manage the walk from the ship to the coach, and vice versa. The sights can be viewed from the comfort of the coach and guests may remain on the coach at any of the photo stops. Please note that this tour will operate during the daytime, even though the midnight sun is mentioned. The Sights may be seen in a different order to that described.


Couple hiking in Harstad, Norway

HIKE TO KEIPEN

  • Discover where the people of Harstad go to relax and enjoy the Norwegian countryside
  • Learn about Arctic nature, the midnight sun, local history and everyday life in Harstad
Activity Tour
Price£42.00 - £52.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy the most magnificent views down to Harstad from the top Mount Aune, where you will enjoy an open fire and delight in some tasty Norwegian snacks.

Your tour will first start with a transfer from the quayside to Mount Aune, northwest of Harstad. The hiking trail to the top is good, with some rolling birch ground which can be a little marshy at the start. Your guide will find a place to light a fire near to the idyllic Lake Keipen. After the short break, if you want to continue on the right hand side of the lake and up to the next plateau, you will appreciate the most fantastic views to the west! Alternatively, you can take a longer break near the lake. Once you have reached the top, and feeling triumphant, you will enjoy a warm coffee and lefse (Norwegian snack) with cured meat, before starting the descent back down.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CRUISES 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that participants will be standing and walking for the duration of this tour - the walking is extensive but will be carried out at a leisurely pace and varying terrain will be encountered. Approximately two and a half kilometres each way will be covered; therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Please wear suitable, comfortable footwear and dress according to the conditions on the day – the tour will operate in all weathers, other than fog. Please note that there will be no toilet available during the hike. Guests are advised to bring walking poles if required and a bottle of water would be a handy addition to your rucksack.

 


Polar Arctic Wildlife Park, Harstad, Norway

POLAR ARCTIC WILDLIFE PARK

  • Travel to the heart of the Norwegian wilderness
  • Observe wolves, lynx, bears and wolverines in their natural and peaceful habitat
Activity Tour
Price£78.00 - £98.00
DurationApproximately 6 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

The Polar Park is known as the world’s most northern wildlife park and is home to many breeds of Norwegian and Arctic animals.

Leaving Harstad behind, you will travel by coach for 90 minutes along the shoreline to the Ofotfjorden enjoying the impressive views of the narrow fjords. The Polar Park is located in the heart of the wilderness and enables you to observe the four predators to be found in Polar Regions - wolves, lynx, bears and wolverines, in their natural and peaceful habitat. Musk oxen, elk, reindeer, mountain foxes and badgers are also present. The Salang River flows through the wilderness valley, and it is the ideal place to observe the animals in their natural habitat. Following a guided tour of the park with one of the knowledgeable staff members, a two course lunch will be served, followed by free time to further explore the park independently. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour will cover approximately two miles during the guided walk on gravel paths around the park - some of which will be over a steep gradient. Therefore it is unsuitable for guests with limited mobility. The park is wheelchair accessible, but due to the inclines it can be hard work for manual wheelchair users. Please come suitably dressed for the outdoor visit. Please note that it is strictly forbidden to feed the animals. We cannot guarantee the sighting of the above mentioned animals - they are in large enclosures with vegetation, so cannot always be seen.

 

SYMBOLS: Refreshments, free time, toilets & strenuous walking 

 


Harstad, Norway

RIB ADVENTURE

  • Skim across the waters that surround Harstad on a RIB boat 
  • Take in the sights and sounds from the water 
  • Admire the wonderful scenery that surrounds you
Activity Tour
Price£150.00 - £130.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Enjoy a unique opportunity for a boat safari around the Harstad coastline, aboard an exhilarating Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB).

After a short transfer you will arrive at the boat departure point and join your RIB. Leaving the shore, you will learn about the area’s history - from the Ice Age to the Viking Age, including stories of the notorious Viking Chieftain Tore Hund. You will make a short stop in the Sundsvoll strait, giving an opportunity to view the kittiwakes and eagles on bird rock. After Sundsvoll strait you will stop for lunch ashore at Midgard - a cosy cottage where you can relax and enjoy the view before re-joining the RIB for the journey back to Harstad. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is ONLY suitable – for people who are very fit and healthy, as it is an adventure tour. You may also be bumped around by waves created by other boats, or by weather conditions. It is not recommended for pregnant ladies and people with back or neck problems. The minimum age for participation is eight years – all children must be accompanied by an adult. You will spend approximately two hours on the water in total. You will be sitting in the RIB with your arms gripping the bar in front. Although you will wear a floatation suit, you should also come dressed in warm, practical clothing and comfortable footwear. Please bear in mind that it can be chilly on the open water – gloves and hat are recommended. Bring along your camera and binoculars if you have them. We cannot guarantee the sightings of any animals or birdlife. This tour is dependent on the weather and can be cancelled at short notice for safety reasons (a full refund would be given).

 


Art from Harstad Museum, Norway

SIGHTSEEING WITH TRØNDENES PENINSULA

  • Visit the Trøndenes peninsula, home to the world’s northernmost stone church
  • Seek out the Trøndenes Historical Centre - home to Bronze Age and Viking exhibitions
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Take in the highlights of Harstad with a visit to the Trøndenes peninsula; learn more about this important and historical place.

After a brief tour through the streets of Harstad, you will travel to the Trøndenes peninsula, home to the wonderful stone church which dates back to the Bronze Age. Next to Trøndenes Church you will find the new, unique, Trøndenes Historical Centre which is home to a 2,500-year-old bronze collar which was found at Trøndenes. Previously, only seven Bronze Age finds had been discovered in northern Norway and, until 1960, it was believed that there had been no Bronze Age period in this part of Norway. The Middle Ages and Viking era are also covered, as well as more recent history which includes the German occupation in World War II.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there will be a moderate amount of walking during this tour, over partly gravelled ground. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. The Sights may be seen in a different order to that described.

 


City Center, Harstad, Norway

TOUR AW - HARSTAD HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the highlights of Harstad 
  • Pause at the viewpoint at Utsikten
  • Enjoy the best panoramic views at Nupen
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 2 ½ hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Explore Norway’s largest island, Hinnøya, from the comfort of your coach as you take in the sights of Harstad and its surrounding countryside.

You will first embark on a leisurely drive through the town to take in the highlights. Your first stop is at Utsikten where you will have a magnificent view of Harstad. It will be a great opportunity to take a photograph of your ship berthed in the harbour below.

Next you will drive past the University Hospital, St Olav's gate, Harstad Church and the Hans Egede monument. Your tour will then proceed to Kasfjord, located on the outskirts of Harstad, where you will also see Kasfjord Lake which is surrounded by beautiful scenery. It will be here that you will also see the Kasfjord art gallery, home to a collection of miniature houses, shops and more. Your final stop will be at the viewpoint Nupen, which is considered Norway's most romantic place as it has a wonderful view over Andefjord. Heading back to Harstad and your awaiting ship, you will drive through Kvæfjord, known for its long agricultural tradition of crops of fine strawberries and potatoes.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this is a non-walking tour, therefore is ideal for those with limited mobility; however all participants must manage the walk from the ship to the coach, and vice versa. Guests must be able to get on and off the coach unaided, and please bear in mind that the terrain may be snowy or icy. The sights can be viewed from the comfort of the coach and guests may remain on the coach at any of the photo stops. Please ensure that you wear suitable footwear for walking over potentially snowy and icy ground. For reference, the sights may be seen in a different order to that described.


City Center, Harstad, Norway

TOUR BW - CITY SIGHTSEEING WITH TRONDENES PENINSULA

  • Visit the Trøndenes peninsula, home to the world’s northernmost stone church
  • Seek out the Trøndenes Historical Centre - home to Bronze Age and Viking exhibitions and a centre of power for over 1000 years
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 2 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Take in the highlights of Harstad with a visit to the Trøndenes peninsula; learn more about this important and historical place.

After a brief tour through the streets of Harstad, you will travel to the Trøndenes peninsula, home to the largest stone church north of Trondheim, erected after the end of the Viking Age. Next to Trøndenes Church you will find the Trøndenes Historical Centre where you have the opportunity to learn the history of the area from the Bronze Age through to World War II. Browse a range of archaeological artefacts, including a 2,500-year-old bronze collar which was found at Trøndenes.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there will be a moderate amount of walking during this tour, over partly gravelled ground. Please bear in mind that it may be snowy and icy. All participants must be able to get on and off the coach unaided. For reference, the sights may be seen in a different order to that described.


Adolf Kanon, Harstad, Norway

TOUR CW - ADOLF GUN VISIT

  • Discover the site of the gigantic Adolf Gun – a remnant from the German occupation
  • Marvel at the world’s largest land based cannon
  • See much of the original equipment from World War II
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Take a visit to see the largest land based gun in the world - the historic highlight of this tour.

 

The Adolf Gun from World War II has a barrel big enough for a man to crawl inside and the exhibition will explain the history of the gun and its planned use. The battery at Trøndenes was built in 1943 by the German occupiers, and the bunkers have exhibits depicting the history of the mammoth gun, which can only be visited with an authorised guide as it stands on military property. Your guide will explain that it was able to fire missiles of up to 1,030 kilogrammes and the highlight will be to see how the gun was loaded and fired.

 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over possibly snowy or icy ground, as well as steps to negotiate; therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. You will be at the site for approximately an hour and a quarter.


Polar Arctic Wildlife Park, Harstad, Norway

TOUR FW - POLAR ARCTIC WILDLIFE PARK

  • Travel to the heart of the Norwegian wilderness
  • Observe wolves, lynx, bears and wolverines in their natural and peaceful habitat
Price£130.00 - £140.00
DurationApproximately 7 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

The Polar Park is known as the world’s most northern wildlife park and is home to many breeds of Norwegian and Arctic animals.

Leaving Harstad behind, you will travel by coach along the shoreline to the Ofotfjorden, enjoying the impressive views of the narrow fjords. The Polar Park is located in the heart of the wilderness and enables you to observe the four predators to be found in Polar Regions - wolves, lynx, bears and wolverines, in their natural and peaceful habitat. Musk oxen, elk, reindeer and mountain foxes are also present. The Salang River flows through the wilderness valley, and it is the ideal place to observe the animals in their natural habitat. Following a guided tour of the park with one of the knowledgeable staff members, a two course lunch will be served, followed by some free time to further explore the park independently.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? For information, you will spend approximately four hours at the park. This tour will cover approximately two miles during the guided walk on gravel paths around the park - some of which will be over a steep gradient. Therefore it is unsuitable for guests with limited mobility. The park is wheelchair accessible, but due to the inclines it can be hard work for manual wheelchair users. Please come suitably dressed for the outdoor visit and wear appropriate footwear – the ground may be snowy or icy. Please note that it is strictly forbidden to feed the animals. We cannot guarantee the sighting of the above mentioned animals - they are in large enclosures with vegetation, to reflect their natural habitat as closely as possible, so cannot always be seen.


Arctic Wolves, Harstad, Norway

TOUR FWX - POLAR ARCTIC PARK WITH WOLF ENCOUNTER

  • Travel to the heart of the Norwegian wilderness
  • Observe wolves, lynx, bears and wolverines in their natural and peaceful habitat
  • Enjoy a unique opportunity to interact with one of Europe’s most fabled creatures
Price£290.00 - £310.00
DurationApproximately 7 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

The Polar Park is known as the world’s most northern wildlife park and is home to many breeds of Norwegian and Arctic animals. 
 
Leaving Harstad behind, you will travel by coach along the shoreline to the Ofotfjorden, enjoying the impressive views of the narrow fjords. The Polar Park is located in the heart of the wilderness and enables you to observe the four predators to be found in Polar Regions - wolves, lynx, bears and wolverines, in their natural and peaceful habitat. Musk oxen, elk, reindeer, mountain foxes are also present. The Salang River flows through the wilderness valley, and it is the ideal place to observe the animals in their natural habitat. Following a guided tour of the park with one of the knowledgeable staff members, lunch will be served. 
 
Then, for those who wish to make this tour more memorable, you will take part in the wolf encounter. On arrival at the Wolf Camp, you get a unique opportunity to meet the wolves. The wolves are socialised, and accustomed to humans at close range. They do not fear humans and enjoy our company as part of their natural environment. You will have a safety talk before entering the enclosure, with your guide, to meet this mythical animal and discover the truth about wolves. A truly amazing experience.

 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour code FWX includes the wolf encounter – if you do not want to include this option, please book tour code FW instead. This tour is only available to English-speaking participants aged 18 years and over who are fit and healthy. Guests using walking aids and ladies who may be pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity. You must follow the instructions given by the animal keeper when entering the wolf enclosure. Please come suitably dressed for the outdoor visit and wear appropriate footwear – the ground may be snowy or icy.  Overalls will be supplied for the wolf encounter. This tour will cover approximately two miles during the guided walk on gravel paths around the park - some of which will be over a steep gradient. Therefore it is unsuitable for guests with limited mobility. Please come suitably dressed for the outdoor visit. Please note that it is strictly forbidden to feed the animals. We cannot guarantee the sighting of the above mentioned animals - they are in large enclosures with vegetation, so cannot always be seen.


Rokenes Manor Tea room, Harstad, Norway

TOUR GW - AFTERNOON TEA AT ROKENES MANOR

  • Admire the idyllic location that this manor house adorns
  • Enjoy afternoon tea with some Norwegian specialities
Price£75.00 - £85.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Located in beautiful countryside near Harstad, your guide will escort you on the short journey to reach the rural retreat, where you will partake in afternoon tea.

Røkenes Farm is an old trading post and guesthouse dating back to the 16th century. The property has been in the same family for 10 generations, since 1673. The gallery in the former barn is the venue for an exhibition by the Harr siblings, and there will also be crafts from local producers on sale. Afternoon tea and pastries will be served in the beautiful old farmhouse, before being you are shown around this wonderful home, and informed about the farm’s history.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there will be a moderate amount of walking on this tour - which may prove difficult for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. Walking of approximately 10 minutes, on a steep lane to and from the farm, is required and steps to the main house will be negotiated. Please bear in mind that the ground may be snowy or icy, and wear suitable footwear.


TOUR HWX - SAMI EXPERIENCE

  • Gain an insight into the culture of the Sami people
Price£115.00 - £125.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Visit a replica Sami camp and learn about the lifestyle of Norway’s indigenous tribe.

A short scenic drive will take you to a replica Sami camp on the outskirts of Harstad. The camp has been created for you to experience the traditional lavvo home and to learn about the Sami culture and reindeer herding.

On arrival, you will be met by Sami people in their traditional national costume – the kofta – and you will be shown a range of typical Sami tools that are used in everyday living.

Inside the lavvo, you will be able to sample a traditional Sami snack of bidos (reindeer stew), and be entertained with a joik – the chant-like Sami song.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves walking of approximately 50 metres (165 feet) over ground that may be uneven and covered in deep snow. Depending on the temperature at the time of the visit, the ground may be icy or muddy, therefore this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility. Please come suitably dressed for the visit to the camp – you will require warm clothing (layers are best), sturdy, warm and waterproof shoes, gloves and hat. For reference, the toilet facilities available at the Sami camp are basic.


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