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Sortland, Norway

Sortland is a town and municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Vesterålen. The administrative center of the municipality is the town of Sortland. Other population centers in Sortland include Bø, Holand, Holmstad, Liland, Sigerfjord, and Strand. The Norwegian Coast Guard has its northern base in Sortland, called Kystvaktskvadron Nord.
In 1997, the municipality decided to declare "township" for Sortland. Sortland is the largest town and commercial center in Vesterålen. Sortland is located close to the

Sortland Bridge

, connecting Langøya to Hinnøya by road. Since a lot of houses in the town are painted blue, Sortland is sometimes referred to as "the blue city".

Geography

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Sortland, Norway

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Sortland is a town and municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Vesterålen. The administrative center of the municipality is the town of Sortland. Other population centers in Sortland include Bø, Holand, Holmstad, Liland, Sigerfjord, and Strand. The Norwegian Coast Guard has its northern base in Sortland, called Kystvaktskvadron Nord.
In 1997, the municipality decided to declare "township" for Sortland. Sortland is the largest town and commercial center in Vesterålen. Sortland is located close to the

Sortland Bridge

, connecting Langøya to Hinnøya by road. Since a lot of houses in the town are painted blue, Sortland is sometimes referred to as "the blue city".

Geography

The municipality of Sortland is located on the islands of Langøya and Hinnøya in the Vesterålen archipelago. The municipality surrounds the inner part of the Eidsfjorden and the

Sortlandssundet

strait. There are several bridges in the municipality including Djupfjordstraumen Bridge, Kvalsaukan Bridge, and Sortland Bridge. The Sortland Bridge is located just north of the town of Sortland. One of the main roads through the municipality is Norwegian County Road 82. The mountain

Møysalen

and part of Møysalen National Park are located in southern Sortland.

Music and culture

Sortland has been regarded as one of the best music communities in Norway, and the local band Madrugada has been one of the best ones in the nation. Sortland Jazz Festival is an event organized by Sortland Jazz and Music Club, which takes place every autumn. Some of the world's leading jazz musicians have been participating.

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Sortland, Norway: Port Information


Cruise ships dock just 200 meters away from the town center. 

Get around Sortland, Norway


The easiest way to get around is by bus or boat. Besides, you can rent a car.

What to do in Sortland, Norway


Midnight Sun and Aurora Borealis
The Midnight Sun occurs from May 23 to July 23. Great places to observe the Midnight Sun includes the Sortland Bridge, Ramnflauget, Godfjorden, Holm and Skytterhaugen in the Vestmarka residential area. Because of Sortland's high latitude, there is no real darkness between late April and mid-August.
From November 30 to January 12 the sun remains below the horizon and is not visible. The return of the sun is an occasion for celebration (pupils always claim to have spotted the sun before the actual return and hope to be given the day off in celebration). The Polar Night does not mean that it becomes totally dark. The experience of the winter with the uniqueness of the light, the northern lights and snow are fantastic. Especially beautiful is the blue light southwards where the sky can also be colored in pink, just before it becomes dark.
Sortland and the Vesterålen region are perfect for observing the spectacular Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) phenomenon. The aurora borealis trails its multicolored banner across the sky and the moon lights the scene making it a breathtaking experience. ​Pictures taken here have been presented in National Geographic Magazine.

What to eat and drink in Sortland, Norway


Eat

Norwegian cuisine is known for eclectic food with a good supply of many local ingredients.

Northern Norway is particularly famous for seafood, lamb, reindeer, and wild berries such as cloudberry.

Drink

Local Norwegian beer, aquavit, and cider. Or simply clean and fresh tap water.

Shopping in Sortland, Norway


Sortland is Vesterålen´s leading destination for shopping with several indoors shopping centers, a huge range of activities and offers an impressive amount of hairdressers. The retail turnover per inhabitant in Sortland is greater than in any other town in North Norway. Sortland is one of the few North Norwegian towns that have grown annually since the 70s, the result of a conscious decision to create a high standard of services in a pleasant place to live.

Safety in Sortland, Norway


If you stay on land you ought to be safe for most of the time. If you go out on the sea for fishing or diving, check the local weather forecasts as rapid weather changes can occur.

Language spoken in Sortland, Norway


Norwegian is the official language. English is widely spoken.

LOCAL TIME

5:39 pm
September 24, 2020
Europe/Oslo

CURRENT WEATHER

7.39 °C / 45.302 °F
moderate rain
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5.44 °C/42 °F
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Sat

4.98 °C/41 °F
light rain
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6.74 °C/44 °F
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Mon

11.35 °C/52 °F
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Average: 9.5 (10 votes)

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