This outing from Harstad to Sortland is one of the real classics in Hurtigruten’s excursion programme. Your tour starts with a short sightseeing walk through the streets of Harstad, before moving on to the Trondenes peninsula.
See a premier cultural heritage site
Explore truly historical grounds and see the world’s northernmost medieval church. For 750 years, the white church at Trondenes has been reflected in the waters of Vågsfjord. The interior is richly decorated and in the chancel, you can see the remains of chalk paintings. Three of the original nine triptychs that are real art treasures have been preserved in the church. The choir screen and the pulpit date from 1762. They are in wonderful Rococo style and feature an hourglass. When the sand ran out, it was time for the minister to end his sermon. The organ dates back to 1790 and is one of the oldest in Northern Norway. The churchyard walls are even older than the church itself. They date from the 1100's and were probably built to protect an earlier stave church that stood on the same site from attacks from the north and east. On the upper side of the church lies the inland lake Laugen, where the first Christians in the area were baptised in the 1000's.
Picture perfect, no matter the season
The bus then takes you across Hinnøya Island – Norway’s largest – with views of beautiful fjords, steep mountains and large fertile agricultural areas. Moving on, you will cross the Gullesfjord by ferry, giving you a chance to enjoy a hot drink and some freshly baked cakes. The tour then continues along the Sigerfjord to Sortland. This is a great experience in all seasons; idyllic in the summer, but just as picture perfect in winter.
Dates: 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2016, 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2017