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Harstad ( Northern Sami: Hasta ) is a Norwegian town and forms a separate municipality in the province (county ) Troms. It is the second largest city in Troms and the third largest in North Norway and has been since 1904 a city charter.

Harstad is located approximately 250 km north of the Arctic Circle on Hinnøya. The municipality comprises the northeastern part of Hinnøya and the south-western part, 53 km ², of Grytøya. Harstad is bordered by Bjarkøy in the north, the west and Kvæfjord Tjeldsundet in the province (county ) North Country in the south. In the southeast connects the Tjeldsundbrücke Hinnøya with the situated on the mainland municipality Skånland. In the east Harstad borders Ibestad. The highest elevation is the Sætertind the south of the municipality with 1,094 m. In Harstad the Midnight Sun 23 May to 19 July seems. The polar night lasts from November 19 to January 16.

The city is the center of oil / natural gas production in North Norway and living from trading, the local shipyards, military and administration. There is a daily speedboat connection to Finnsnes and Tromsø. The nearest airport is located in Evenes ( Airport Harstad / Narvik ). Harstad is also dock the ships of the Hurtigruten.

On 1 January 2013, the municipality was incorporated Bjarkøy to Harstad.


Harstad from a ship of the Hurtigruten from

Hercules perennials at the Church of Trondenes

  • Trondenes Church: The oldest building is the northernmost medieval stone church in the world, the Trondenes church about in the church can be found from the year 1434 carved altarpieces from the workshop of the late Gothic in Lübeck Bernt Notke. .
  • Adolf gun show: At an altitude near the Trondenes church in a military area a cannon is obtained, the so-called Adolf cannon. The gun has a caliber of 40.6 cm. In the bunker under the gun is an exhibition is located.
  • Church of Harstad. The Church of Harstad was completed in 1958. Interestingly, the architecture and the stained glass of the church.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Knut Andersen, Norwegian actor, editor, film director and screenwriter
  • Kristin Clemet, Norwegian politician and economist
  • Jon Lech Johansen, " DVD Jon"
  • Irish Reppen, Norwegian actress and singer
  • Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer