Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard

1 Vesterålen (Sortland)

Next call to a new cruise port

A short voyage north of Lofoten is another cruise port waiting to be discovered. In Vesterålen cruise passengers can choose between a wide range of land and sea-based shorexes.

Sortland is often referred to as “the Blue City” and not without reason. The majority of houses Vesterålen’s largest trading centre are painted the same blue colour, a symbol of the bond with the sea but also the blue light that characterises the Polar Night from November to January when the sun is below the horizon.

Vesterålen has already gained approval as a winter destination, but the region has plenty to offer in the summer too. Along the entire coastline are small fishing villages waiting to be discovered.

“You can experience Sami culture and meet people who herd reindeers in this area and hear their story,” says CEO of Discover Arctic, Bengt Jaegtnes. “You can also visit a modern fish farm and gain an insight into the rapidly growing aquaculture industry.”

The Port of Sortland has capacity for the largest cruise ships, as well as large capacity when it comes to buses, guides and shorexes throughout Vesterålen.

“A short distance north of Sortland, at Andenes and Stø, is one of the best areas in Europe to see whales. A one-hour boat trip brings you directly to the feeding grounds of the whales, while you gain first-hand knowledge about the stock and species.”

You can’t get any closer to the whales.

Cruise Port Vesterålen
Number of calls 2012 (2013) (2014): 0 (5) (6) Estimate 2014: 11
Unique Selling Points: “The Blue City” and a surrounding area rich in resources
Shorex contact: Discover Arctic

Product Manual 2015/16: Vesterålen (Port of Sortland)

Port information (Source: Cruise Norway)
PORT OF Sortland
Distance to nearest pilot station nautical miles/Hours:
Approx. 20 nm to southern/45 nm to northern station
Visiting address: Havnegata 7, NO-8400 Sortland
Mailing address:
Contact person : Harbor master Hugo Næss
Phone /Fax: 76108264/76108261 Cell phone 90553181

Visiting address: Kjøpmannsgata 2, NO-8400 Sortland
Distance from port: 200 m
Mailing address:
Phone / Fax: 76111480/76111481

Guide Service: Yes
Terminal/Restrooms in pier area: Yes
Shuttle bus: Yes
Parking place for buses: Yes
Taxi: Yes
Rental cars: Yes
Public transportation: Yes
Shopping: 200 m
Local currency: NOK
Currency exchange: Yes/ 300 m
Tax refund: NO
Public telephones in pier area: NO
Internet access in pier area: NO
Mailboxes in pier area: NO
Distances – airport: 110 km: Harstad/Narvik – Evenes
Distances – airport: 20 km: Stokmarknes Airport
Distance to city center: 200 m
Nearest hospital: 25 Km

Bunkers delivery /method: By oil hose
Supplies: Yes
Waste handling: Yes
Waste water method: No
Tugboats: To be booked in advance
Anchorage: Not used
Pontoons: No
Pilot: To be booked in advance
Emergency: Channel 16
Medical emergency: Phone 113
Charts: Yes
Tidal movement: Yes
ISPS approved: Yes
Designated quays for cruise ships: Yes
Ship tenders allowed: Yes
Max size ship in port: 150 000 – 200 000
Max number of passenger per day in port: 3500
Max number of ships per day in port: 1 (2)
Ships stay min /max: No limitation
Environmental limitations /restrictions: No
Port facilities according to
Cruise Norway`s guidelines: Yes
Maximum ship length: 1 Quay – length 436 m
Maximum ship draft and depth in sea: 10 m