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A taste of Vesteralen – Hurtigruten land excursion

Taste of Vesteralen excursion by Klaus Prediger, Hurtigruten

Harstad to Sortland in the Vesteralen Islands is one of the real classics in Hurtigruten’s excursion programme.

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


Trondenes Church by Jacobo Blanco, Hurtigruten

Trondenes Church on Vesteralen Islands

You will experience history, beautiful scenery and a selection of breathtaking sights. You begin with a short sightseeing through the streets of Harstad, before moving on to the Trondenes peninsula. Here, you visit the white medieval church, which is one of our premier cultural heritage sites from the late Middle Ages. You are truly on historic ground and in Trondenes Historical Centre, you’ll find an exciting exhibition complete with sounds, smells and original objects from the region throughout history; from the Viking and Middle Ages, to the present day.

Vesteralen Islands by Christian Roth Christensen, Visit Norway

Vesteralen Islands

The bus then takes you across Hinnoya Island, where you can enjoy a view of beautiful fjords, steep mountains and large fertile agricultural areas. Moving on, you will cross the Gullesfjord by ferry, which will give you a chance to enjoy a hot drink and some freshly baked cakes. The tour then continues along the Sigerfjord to Sortland where you rejoin the ship. This excursion is a beautiful experience in all seasons; idyllic in the summer, but just as picture perfect in winter.

Inside Trondenes Church by Thomas Haltner, Hurtigruten

Beautiful Trondenes Church

Practical information:

Duration: 4 hrs 15 mins
Included: Coffee/tea and cakes
Transportation: Bus and ferry
Available: All year
Land excursion #9A

Arctic Norway by Frank Andreassen, Nordnorsk Reiseliv

Sunset in Arctic Norway



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