A taste of Vesterålen – Havila excursion

Mountains Vesterålen Sebastien Goulaud Nord Norge

This tour takes you through Vesterålen’s beautiful scenery and exciting history where, among other things, you visit a living medieval farm.

This is an optional excursion which you can add to your Havila cruise booked through Fjord Travel Norway. The excursion will appear during the cruise booking process, with prices and details.

Trondenes Church Harriet M. Olsen Visit Harstad

Trondenes Church

Medieval farm Harriet M. Olsen Visit Harstad

Medieval farm

Your trip starts with city sightseeing in Harstad before visiting Trondenes Church, Trondenes Historical Centre and the Medieval Farm. Trondenes was an important political centre at the end of the Viking Age. Did you know the Trondenes Church is the world’s northernmost medieval stone church? It dates back to the 13th century and is very well preserved.

The Medieval Farm is a living museum where actors and animals show what life was like on the farm 800 years ago. Watch the housewife, the land owner, the farmhand and the maid at work, the nature of which changes according to the seasons.

The road continues along Vesterålen’s mountains and fjords with several photo stops along the way before you reach Sortland where you will see the Havila Voyages ship pass under the almost one kilometre long Sortlandbrua (the Sortland Bridge) before reboarding the ship in Sortland Harbour.

Northern Lights Mountains Vesteralen Oystein Lunde Ingvaldsen NordNorge

Northern Lights in Vesterålen


Available: All year round
Duration: 4 hrs 15 mins
Transportation: Bus
Meal: Local pastry, coffe/tea
Difficulty level: Suitable for everyone
Booking reference: HRDS1

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