Sailing in Harstad

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Things to do

Sailing around Harstad’s archipelago is just wonderful. Forget Lofoten and Senja – this is where you will find the real and undisturbed pearls! Here you can find a sheltered anchorage, with its own small beach, and find complete tranquility without having to share it with a throng of tourists. Short sailing distances between the harbors, and always a sheltered hook to hide in, make Harstad’s archipelago the ultimate sailing paradise. Whether you rent a boat from us, or sail with Halvard as skipper, we will make sure to share our hidden gems and secret anchorages with you.


Bring your family or group of friends on the summer holiday of all time in Harstad’s island paradise!


Ski and sail with locally known ski guides and a warm, comfortable sailboat.


Do you want to become a skipper on your own ship? Learn the art of sailing from a real long distance sailor!

What else to do here

Grytøya has many beautiful mountain hikes, and several of these are accessible from ports and anchorages. If you would rather do water sports, then the skerries on Grøtavær, Meløyvær, Krøttøya and Helløya are perfect for RIB tours, paddling with SUP/kayak, free diving, or just pure recreation.

There is also a lot of history in the islands, with graves and tufts after the Viking Age, as well as Meløyvær fort which is located on Krøttøya. On Sandsøya you can visit Altevika farm and secure short-distance lamb thighs and jams from the farm shop, or fresh baked goods at Tinghuset bakery.

Ports with floating jetty in Øyriket

Ikke i bruk, la ligge

  • Beskyttet mot vind fra alle retninger unntatt sterk nordøstlig vind
  • Flytebrygge
  • Strøm og vann, 150 kr/døgn
  • Nærbutikken 5 minutters gange unna
  • Verdens beste jordbær på Skjelstad gård!
  • Lunde gartneri med jordbær, frukt og grønt.
  • Bygdemuseum
  • Godt utgangspunkt for fjelltur til Galten (782 moh).

Lundenes, Grytøya

  • Protected from winds from all directions except strong northeasterly winds
  • Floating jetty
  • Electricity and water
  • Convenience store 5 minutes walk away
  • The world’s best strawberries on Skjelstad farm!
  • Lunde horticulture with strawberries, fruit and vegetables.
  • Village museum
  • Good starting point for a mountain hike to Galten (782 m).

Bjarkøy, Nergårdshamn, Bjarkøy

  • Protected from wind from all directions except strong east-northeast.
  • Floating jetty
  • Water, electricity, diesel
  • Convenience store right by the harbor
  • Café Krambua with very good coffee and hamburger
  • Bjarkøy pier thai restaurant and pub
  • Tore hunds boathouse plot next to the pier.
  • Good starting point for a trip to Stangheia (200 masl), with a
  • good view of Andøya and Senja. Great trip to see the midnight sun.

Grøtavær, Grytøya

  • Protected against easterly winds, exposed to strong winds from the west.
  • Floating jetty
  • Water and electricity
  • Great area for dinghy rides, kayaking and barbecuing on the beach. Archipelago with beautiful small beaches close to the pier.
  • Mountain hike to Hattfjellet (856 masl). From here you have a view of Vesterålen, Andøya and Senja.
  • Great hiking terrain if you want an easier hike, for example towards the northern tip of the island.
  • Lovely place for midnight sun

Meløyvær guest harbour

  • Beautiful natural harbor protected from the sea from all directions, but exposed to all strong winds, as the islands are relatively flat.
  • Floating jetty and mooring
  • Water and electricity
  • The perfect place for midnight sun
  • Meløyvær pub is open Friday and Saturday throughout the high season.
  • Great paddle and freediving place with several chalk white beaches and red coral reefs.
  • Cycle or walk over to Krøttøya and visit Meløyvær fort, or walk around and look at Viking graves.
  • Book a RIB trip or kayak rental at Valhall on Krøttøya
    Restaurant at Valhall hotel, Krøttøy.

Secret spots

  • I tillegg til disse gjestehavnene kan vi tipse deg om flere flotte ankringsplasser og naturhavner dersom du vil oppleve roen ved å ligge på svai.

Our activities

Join us for a unique experience with an experienced and locally known skipper.

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This is Seil Bifrost

Sail in Harstad

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Fantastic experience

My wife and I were on a sailing course with Seil Bifrost last weekend. This was a course that was both inspiring and that gave more taste for sailing. The course itself was set up in a good way with briefing / theory before we started sailing. Skipper Halvard has a calm and educational way of guiding us around, and he was good at taking the scary thing out of sailing a boat like Bifrost. We sailed in the local area around Harstad, and it is fantastic to see how nice an archipelago we have here in the area. The actual booking process and communication prior to the course went terrific. This was a fantastic weekend for both of us who have definitely kickstarted the dream of getting our own sailboat.

- Hans- Chritian Lysgaard, seilkurs mai 2021

so much more than we could ever have wished for!

"This was such an amazing adventure. This trip was so much more than we could ever have wished for! I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the landscape and the hospitality of our hosts Halvard and Ann Helen. We sailed between the islands surrounded by the white mountainpeaks And to make it all compleet, We got to see the magical northern lights! And we were very happy with the comfort of our accommodation! I would love to go back again. Thank you very much!"

-Maurice Dun,28, Nederland. Båt og skipper, dagstur februar 2020.

Strongly reccomended.

Fantastic trip with Bifrost. The boat is easy to learn and nice to handle, well equipped and very comfortable for our 2 families (8 pers). Very nice and serious landlords who ensured good standards and hygiene - as well as a thorough review (safety first) before departure. Highly recommended.

- Jill Lepsøe, Norge. Bareboatleie juli 2020

Thumbs up!

We were 4 couples who rented Bifrost from Halvard and Ann-Helen for a 10-day sailing trip around Lofoten. The trip and the nature were exceptional and the boat was a dream to both sail and live in. The boat is well equipped with all safety equipment, good sails and a lot of useful equipment. Everything you need for a good experience is taken care of.
We want to praise Ann-Helen for good communication and organization ahead of the trip. Halvard sailed the boat into Harstad for us and had a thorough review of the boat and the technical, gave us some tips and hints and was on the whole very welcoming. This is a helproft and serious couple that we are more than happy to rent a boat from again.

Thumbs up from us.

-Andreas Loga, Norge. Bareboatleie juli 2020

Dream weekend for the whole family

Weekend trip with the family under the auspices of Bifrost and Arctic sea to summit can really be recommended.
Bifrost is an excellent base for dealing with everything the archipelago outside Harstad has to offer.
Skipper Hallvards quickly made sure to get everyone involved in setting the mainsail and maneuvering the boat.
Good local knowledge ensured that we ended up in the best places, both for day activities and to find peace for the night.
Bifrost is well equipped with everything you need for both food preparation and comfortable accommodation.
This combined with good weather, many organized activities under the auspices of activity guide Christian, made sure that this really became a dream weekend for the whole family.????
This can really be recommended for everyone else who wants an activity-filled weekend as well as an introduction to sailing life.
We will be happy to return!

Ragnhild Mikkelsen, Norge. Arctic Sea to summits familiehelg, juni 2020.