Evenes hosts the airport for Harstad and Narvik and represents an excellent starting point for travels to northern Nordland and Southern Troms. From here you are only a short ride away from fantastic natural experiences and environments in Lofoten and Vesterålen!
Several rental car companies operate at the airport – Sixt, Europcar, Avis, Hertz and Budget. There is also good bus connections to both Harstad (approx. 50 minutes) and Narvik (approx. 75 minutes) where there are more options to hire a car.
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From Evenes there is only a 2 hour drive to Sortland, and about 2 hours and 20 minutes to Stokmarknes, the two largest towns in the Vesterålen-area. Vesterålen is a fantastically scenic area with unique natural environments and fun experiences awaiting you. From local food experiences to whale-safaris and northern lights, you can see almost everything inVesterålen. For more tips and links to different experiences, see VisitVesteralen.com
Lofoten might be one of Norways’ most spectacular natural areas, where tall mountain peaks surround small fishing villages situated on a myriad of islands of all sizes – with the massive Norwegian Sea outside. In Lofoten you can find activities suitable for everyone – from mountain hiking trails and climbing to food experiences and boat trips. Whether staying in a «rorbu», at a hotel or in a hut, you will get close to the ocean, nature and traditional Norwegian coastal culture.
From Evenes it takes about 2 hours and 35 minutes to get to Svolvær, the largest town in Lofoten by car. Going further to Å in Lofoten at the outer edge of Moskenesøya – the largest of the Lofoten-islands – will take another 2 hours and 20 minutes. From here you can travel further by boat to Værøy and Røst or to Bodø on the mainland. While the roads of Lofoten might seem intimidating for the inexperienced, hiering a car at Evenes might just be the best way to experience the area. For those worried by the standards of the roads, we recomend driving to Svolvær and exporing by boat from here!
By car it only takes you 55 minutes to travel from Evenes to Narvik, where you can find all facilities expected from a city of about 20.000 inhabitants. Despite the city being the arena of the germans’ first losses in the second world war in the battle of Narvik, much of the citys old building style remains intact. You will find charming wooden houses, classical industry and the northernmost train tracks in Norway. However the truly unique part of the city can be seen outside of the center, where the Narvikfjellet Cable Car takes you to a lookout point 650 meters above sea level. In addition to the beautiful view, the mountain also offers a restaurant and alpine experiences that are impressive enough to be a contender to host the Alpine World Ski Championship in 2027. A little further out of town you will find the old Rallar-trails, a remnant from the construction of the railway between the mines of Kiruna (in Sweden) and Narvik in the late 1800s. These old trails make an execellent starting point for anyone wanting to explore the mountains and fishing waters in the area.
Harstad is a mere 45 minutes away from Evenes by car. The city bears marks of old affluence and offers a charming city center with small, independent shops and cozy cafes. Right outside the city center you will find Trondenes – an area of historical importance in the region. Here you can find Trondenes Kirke, the worlds northernmost stone church from the middle ages, and right next to that the Sør-Troms Museum. A bit further from the church you can also find Trondenes Leir and the Adolf Canon – a gigantic cannon from the second world war that can be visited with a tour guide. We recommend taking the trip by foot along the waterside from Harstad Mekaniske Verksted in the center and out towards Trondenes. The pathway on the waterfront weaves past rocks and beach along wooden bridges directly to the museum, and takes about half an hour to walk.
From Evenes you can also take a trip northwards to inner Southern Troms and the municipalities of Gratangen, Lavangen, Salangen and Bardu. Here you will find charming little villages, varied scenery and exciting hiking opportunities. In the summer there is a lot to do and many activities avaliable in the area as well, with events such as Millionfisken in Salangen, where lucky (and talented) fishermen can win prizes for up to 1 million NOK as well as enjoy live music and festive vibes in the evening.