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During the night our Hurtigruten ship navigated the narrow Raftsund strait. Day 5 of our voyage began with a stop in Harstad, situated on Hinnøya, the largest island in Norway. It is the third largest city in Northern Norway, and an important center of commerce for the entire region.
Harstad has a sheltered location and a good harbor. Forests, mountains, fjords, islands, and miles of trails offer unforgettable outdoor experiences all year round. Terraced buildings lead up from the harbor, against a backdrop of forests and mountains. Just outside town lies Trondenes Church, the world's northernmost medieval church, dating back to the 13th century.
Since we were only docking there for just over an hour, we decided to take some pictures and then have breakfast. From here we continued via Finnsnes to Tromsø for a prolonged stay.
After breakfast there was a DVD video shown in Panorama Lounge on Deck G: Tromso, the Gateway to the Arctic. We spent a lot of time in this lounge during the cruise - we were able to plug our PC in and work on our pictures.
There are several attractions in Finnsnes and for tourists this is the reference point when sightseeing in the region.
Finnsnes has become known as the gateway to Senja - also known as the island of adventure, and "Norway in miniature" with mountains and fjords, small communities, hospitality and go-ahead spirit - and all kinds of weather.
Vesteralen only made a brief stop at this port, so we didn't get off the ship. Instead, we went for lunch after taking pictures of the town. Next stop: extended stay in Tromsø
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Harstad - Finnsnes
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