On a hillside close to the northern end of Hinnøya, Harstad, the area's largest town, is a small industrial and defence-oriented place, full of docks, tanks and warehouses. Contrasting with so many tourism and fishing towns to the south, it has a certain purposeful bustle. We wouldn't go out of our way to make it here, but if you're on an extended tour of Vesterålen it's worth an overnight stop.
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