Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Andenes

Spaceship Aurora

Around 1km south of the town entrance along the road to Bleik, this innovative space centre has a widescreen 16-minute movie and other exhibits about the aurora borealis (rockets sent up from here aid in the study o…
Top Choice Norwegian in Andenes


This is the best of Andenes' limited dining options. Ignore the casual cafe out the front – the restaurant proper serves Arctic specialities such as salted local lamb, monkfish with shellfish sauce and salmon in var…
Top Choice Norwegian in Sortland

Sjøstua Restaurant

Sjøstua Restaurant, the home kitchen of Marit Asbjørnsen, serves a delightful range of à la carte dishes and is worth a visit in its own right. Intimate and all-wood, it has views over the fjord in three directions.…
Top Choice Norwegian in Harstad


Umami is the work of Kim-Havard Larsen and Sigrid Rafaelsem, both of whom have worked in some of Norway's best restaurants. Umami means 'pleasant and savoury' in Japanese and the cooking here is creative, assured an…
Top Choice Norwegian in Harstad


This trim place is a candidate for the title of Harstad's best dining experience. Highlights include juniper-perfumed reindeer in a port-wine glaze. It also does a particularly rich and creamy fish soup.
Lighthouse in Andenes

Andenes Fyr

The town's landmark red lighthouse, automated for many years, opened in 1859 and still shines on. To climb its 40m and 148 steps, arrange a guided tour through the reception at the whale-safari centre. The views fro…
Church in Harstad

Trondenes Kirke

Trondenes Church was built by King Øystein around 1150. For ages it was the northernmost church in Christendom, and still lays claim to being Norway's northernmost medieval stone church. Originally of wood, the curr…
Museum in Andenes


The whale centre provides a perspective for whale-watchers, with displays on whale research, hunting and the life cycle of these gentle giants. Most people visit in conjunction with a whale safari (a museum visit is…
Cafe in Harstad

Café & Restaurant De 4 Roser

On one floor, the Four Roses is a buzzing cafe that offers sandwiches, pasta, burgers and salads and a trio of daily lunch specials. Portions are large. Above the cafe, in more intimate surroundings, the restaurant …
Museum in Andenes

Museum Nord

The quaint, Arctic- and polar-themed Museum Nord has displays on local hunting and fishing traditions. There's extensive coverage of the 38 winter hunting expeditions in Svalbard undertaken by local explorer Hilmar …