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Introducing Vesterålen

Administratively, the Harstad region falls within the county of Troms. Although the landscapes here aren't as dramatic as those in Lofoten, they tend to be much wilder and the forested mountainous regions of the island of Hinnøya are a unique corner of Norway's largely treeless northern coast.

An Encounter with Vesterålen – Culture, Nature & History (Nkr170), sold at tourist offices, gives a good introduction to the region, its sights and walking routes.