Thunder God strikes the Arctic Race by lightning

Race ambassador and race favorite Thor Hushovd was true to his words as he also won the event of his dreams in the far north of Norway. His successful final sprint awarded him the time bonus he needed in order to pass Kenny van Hummel in the overall classification. It was not just another victory but an absolute triumph for the «Thunder God» [Thor in Scandinavian mythology] who overcame health troubles and difficult time to come back as a great champion despite missing out on the Tour de France this year.

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Winner of General classification : Thor HUSHOVD, BMC Racing Team - Arctic Race of Norway - Stage 4 : Sortland - Harstad © A.S.O./Trym Ivan Bergsmo

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Tourist attractions

Sortland

The blue city

Sortland, with its 10,000 inhabitants, is the communications and regional centre in Vesterålen.

The varied landscape in the area is an eldorado for those interested in outdoor activities with many possibilities for kayak paddling, mountain climbing, fishing and hiking. Lofoten and Vesterålen is Norway's most important region for fishing and seafood.
The coast guard, which has an important role in security and surveillance here in the north, have their headquarters here.

Sortland is well known as a centre for commerce, for having an active cultural and music scene and, not least, for its blue city project.

"Blåbyen" as a trademark has created interest and activity in the city that has given positive results and consequences both locally and throughout the region.

Author Lars Saabye Christensen, through the project 'Skrift på blå bunn' (writings on a blue background), invited the youngsters in Vesterålen to write short texts (captions) to adorn the blue facades in the city. There are many wise words and poems to be found on a short stroll around the city.

Website: www.sortland.kommune.no, www.visitvesteralen.com

© Trond Løkke © Ørnulf Nielsen © Tone-Marit SØrensen © Ørnulf Nielsen
Welcome to Nordland, where you can experience the world's most beautiful coastline.

The coastline of Nordland and its 18,414 islands is not as inaccessible as you might think: You can reach Nordland from numerous airports, via excellent roads that run along the shoreline or over the mountains, by car ferries and express boats, and innumerable graceful bridges that blend beautifully into the landscape.

Traditional and modern coastal cultures live side by side here. The striking and fascinating history is so much part of the landscape that you can feel it all around you. Yet you can also enjoy modern life in the towns along the coast, bustling with shops and entertainment, giving you the chance to discover local art and culture.

Nordland is a place to meet our culture, formed by nature and the people who live here. It's a place of peace and harmony, yet brimming with activities. Whether you come for an active holiday or choose a slower tempo, we guarantee you experiences that you won't forget in a hurry.


Welcome to Troms

Troms, the second northernmost county has a population of 175 000 inhabitants. It is small in size but has a great diversity of nature, experiences and activities.

Troms can give you all the Arctic nature experiences. In summer you can be fascinated by the Midnight Sun and the bright nights. Weather may change quickly in the open sea, switching from quiet to stormy in no time. In winter you may enjoy watching the sky with all the shades of blue explode into a kaleidoscope of colors – the Northern Lights.

Arctic nature

High and unapproachable mountains rising up from the sea and up into the sky. Other mountains invite you for long or short hiking trips with backpack and walking stick. Rivers and streams run down the slopes of the mountains and flow through rural settlements. You can go rod-fishing in many rivers in Troms or go for adventurous canoe trips. Winter offers a great variety of nature experiences, both with or without skis, cross-country skiing in the wilderness, alpine skiing in the alpine resorts, go off-piste from the untouched peaks, or exploring nature through dog sledding or snowmobiles.

Arctic culture

In the cities of Tromsø and Harstad, you can experience both local and international forms of arts and cultural expressions. You can find all art forms, often characterized by its Arctic origins. In Troms Sami, Kven and Norwegian culture meet, and the city of Tromsø has representatives of many different nationalities from all the parts of the world. Tromsø is also famous and characterized by its many students and for its vibrant nightlife. The city may boast having good restaurants, serving the dishes based on the arctic ingredients. Troms is a county with a fascinating history. At Trondenes museum in Harstad you may visit a Viking Age exhibition and in the Polar Museum in Tromsø you can learn more about the Arctic and Polar areas.

Exciting areas

The fairytale island Senja offers a rich variety of scenery and activities. Norway's second largest island is located midway between Tromsø and Harstad. From Senja there are ferry connections to Brensholmen and Andenes and a bridge to the mainland. The spectacular Lyngen Alps offer you the high alpine scenery, in Bardu and Målselv you find one of Europe's last wildernesses in the Dividalen National Park, which allows for exploration on your own. Halti National Park in Nordreisa provides a variety of excursions in organized groups.

Harstad

The city of diversity

With 24.300 inhabitants, the city of Harstad is located in the centre of Northern Norway's most densely populated region. The city combines urban life with unique proximity to nature, where the local scenery proposes many activities in the great outdoors.

Situated on Norway's largest island, Hinnøy, and surrounded by a beautiful archipelago and magnificent mountains, Harstad is very proud of its unique location. The city ranks as number three in size in Northern Norway and works as a centre of commerce in the region. Harstad represents also the capital of oil industry in the North, with energy company Statoil's northern office leading the way.

The city's cultural life is rich and varied, with the Arts Festival of North Norway functioning as a vanguard. As regional centre, the city of Harstad performs several regional functions and some that are national. Harstad has also its own University College with 1400 students and beautifully located in the city centre, very close to the seafront.
Harstad benefits from excellent infrastructure with the airport of Evenes 40 minutes away and a port strategically located in the heart of the city.

Harstad is a small, but sympathetic city to live in. Recently, traditional industry has been replaced by innovation and new employment and in parallel, cafés and top shelf restaurants have created a new buzz in the heart of the city. This development, including the many offers that exist in the outskirts of the city, attracts young people to Harstad.

Website: www.harstad.kommune.no

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Welcome to Nordland, where you can experience the world's most beautiful coastline.

The coastline of Nordland and its 18,414 islands is not as inaccessible as you might think: You can reach Nordland from numerous airports, via excellent roads that run along the shoreline or over the mountains, by car ferries and express boats, and innumerable graceful bridges that blend beautifully into the landscape.

Traditional and modern coastal cultures live side by side here. The striking and fascinating history is so much part of the landscape that you can feel it all around you. Yet you can also enjoy modern life in the towns along the coast, bustling with shops and entertainment, giving you the chance to discover local art and culture.

Nordland is a place to meet our culture, formed by nature and the people who live here. It's a place of peace and harmony, yet brimming with activities. Whether you come for an active holiday or choose a slower tempo, we guarantee you experiences that you won't forget in a hurry.


Welcome to Troms

Troms, the second northernmost county has a population of 175 000 inhabitants. It is small in size but has a great diversity of nature, experiences and activities.

Troms can give you all the Arctic nature experiences. In summer you can be fascinated by the Midnight Sun and the bright nights. Weather may change quickly in the open sea, switching from quiet to stormy in no time. In winter you may enjoy watching the sky with all the shades of blue explode into a kaleidoscope of colors – the Northern Lights.

Arctic nature

High and unapproachable mountains rising up from the sea and up into the sky. Other mountains invite you for long or short hiking trips with backpack and walking stick. Rivers and streams run down the slopes of the mountains and flow through rural settlements. You can go rod-fishing in many rivers in Troms or go for adventurous canoe trips. Winter offers a great variety of nature experiences, both with or without skis, cross-country skiing in the wilderness, alpine skiing in the alpine resorts, go off-piste from the untouched peaks, or exploring nature through dog sledding or snowmobiles.

Arctic culture

In the cities of Tromsø and Harstad, you can experience both local and international forms of arts and cultural expressions. You can find all art forms, often characterized by its Arctic origins. In Troms Sami, Kven and Norwegian culture meet, and the city of Tromsø has representatives of many different nationalities from all the parts of the world. Tromsø is also famous and characterized by its many students and for its vibrant nightlife. The city may boast having good restaurants, serving the dishes based on the arctic ingredients. Troms is a county with a fascinating history. At Trondenes museum in Harstad you may visit a Viking Age exhibition and in the Polar Museum in Tromsø you can learn more about the Arctic and Polar areas.

Exciting areas

The fairytale island Senja offers a rich variety of scenery and activities. Norway's second largest island is located midway between Tromsø and Harstad. From Senja there are ferry connections to Brensholmen and Andenes and a bridge to the mainland. The spectacular Lyngen Alps offer you the high alpine scenery, in Bardu and Målselv you find one of Europe's last wildernesses in the Dividalen National Park, which allows for exploration on your own. Halti National Park in Nordreisa provides a variety of excursions in organized groups.

Jersey wearers after the stage 4

Classifications after the stage 4

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