Harstad is a colorful cultural center composed of a mix of old and modern architecture, with galleries and shops, cafes and restaurants. The city hosts a number of festivals throughout the year: Annual Festival of Northern Norway, the Arctic Wine Festival, the music festival BAKgården, and the Ilios Festival for New Music. Young at heart, thanks to Harstad University College, this international, multilingual, friendly town welcomes you to explore the Norwegian Arctic.
Situated on Norway’s biggest island, Hinnøya, Harstad provides opportunities to explore the northernmost inhabited archipelago in the world. It is a place of spectacular landscapes and natural beauty. Coastal mountains, fjords, and even a nearby national park give this town an adventurous quality: hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and sailing are among the favorite activities for visitors and locals alike.