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Getting there & away

The Harstad-Narvik airport at Evenes has direct SAS flights to Oslo, Bodø, Tromsø and Trondheim. Norwegian (www.norwegian.no) also flies directly to/from Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger.

If you’re heading for Tromsø, the easiest and most scenic option is by boat. There are two to four express passenger ferries daily between Harstad and Tromsø (2¾ hours), via Finnsnes (1½ hours).

There’s also a year-round express passenger ferry (daily except Monday and Wednesday) between Harstad and Skrolsvik (1¼ hours), at the southern end of Senja island, where you’ll find bus connections to Finnsnes and then on to Tromsø. Harstad is also a stop on the Hurtigruten coastal ferry.

Buses to/from Sortland (2¼ hours) run one to four times daily. There’s one weekday bus to/from Narvik (three hours) and a daily service between Harstad and Fauske (Nkr343, 5½ hours).