Arctic Race highlights up-and-coming talent Nikias Arndt

The Arctic Race of Norway is more than a Thor Hushovd one-man-show. The Norwegian hero lost the lead in Stokmarnes only twenty-four hours after taking it in Svolvær as time bonus promoted stage 1 winner Kenny van Hummel who bounced back in the blue-orange jersey because of finishing second behind young super talent Nikias Arndt. The 21 year old German won the first race of his pro career in Norway and demonstrated that his Argos-Shimano team and his country have more in store in the sprinters' category after the fabulous Tour de France of four-time stage winner Marcel Kittel.

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The stage in videos

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Summary

  • Summary
  • Arctic Race of Norway - Lofoten
  • Arctic Race of Norway - Vesterålen

The stage in pictures

photo10/08/2013 

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Tourist attractions

Svolvær

Svolvær is Lofoten's “capital” and an important hub for the entire region. The town is also the largest entry point for the increasing tourist traffic to Lofoten.

Svolvær was designated a seaport in 1918 and given town status from 17 May 1996. The city has approximately 4,300 inhabitants and is one of Northern Norway's most important ports for maritime services. The Svolværgeita (“Svolvær Goat”) mountain is the town's most distinctive feature and a challenge for climbers; it was climbed for the first time in 1910. Artist Gunnar Berg from Svolvær painted many scenes from Lofoten. His most famous painting, “Trollfjordslaget”, is on display in Galleri Gunnar Berg.Other galleries include Nordnorsk Kunstnersentrum, Galleri Dagfinn Bakke and Lofoten Temagalleri.Lofoten War Museum tells visitors about Lofoten's role during the Second World War. Unique ice sculptures can be experienced in the Magic Ice gallery beside the Hurtigruten quay. Svolvær offers the experiences of an exciting harbour environment, village atmosphere and artistic community simultaneously.

Svolvær's spectacular location between the mountains and fjord offers a broad range of activities, such as hiking, cycling, climbing, kayaking, boat trips, fishing, nature safaris, skiing, snowshoeing, northern lights watching and a range of artistic and cultural experiences.

© Chris Craggs © Terje Rakke © Terje Rakke © Terje Rakke © A.S.O © A.S.O
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.

Stokmarknes

Hadsel municipality - an ocean of endless opportunities

Hadsel is the natural midpoint of the Lofoten and Vesterålen islands. Spread out like pearls in an area of exquisite natural beauty and surrounded by mountains and the ocean and linked by the most elegant of bridges. Places of interest here include Raftsundet, the outstanding Trollfjord and Møysalen national park with the majestic Møysalen rising 1262m above sea level.

Stokmarknes is the birthplace of Hurtigruten (the Coastal Express). Since 1893 Hurtigruten has sailed along the Norwegian coastline from Bergen to Kirkenes and calls at Stokmarknes twice a day (north- and southbound). Visit the Hurtigruten museum situated in the Hurtigrutens Hus and explore the old hurtigruten ship MS Finnmarken which is now land based outside the museum.

Stokmarknes is an old market town and people would come from far and wide, by land and sea, to meet up and trade their wares. You can get a taste of that same vibrant atmosphere at the Summer-Melbu festival with concerts, exhibitions and seminars for everyone.

Modern industries and creative business ideas ensure Hadsel thrives and flourishes today. Vesterålen's brand new and modern regional hospital is scheduled to open in 2014. Stokmarknes became a university town in 2011.

Hadsel has its own airport and is a port of call for hurtigruten. You can take the ferry to Lofoten from Melbu.

We share the opportunities with you! Welcome!

© Geir Karlsen © Bjørn Eide © Bjørn Eide © Bjørn Eide © Geir Karlsen © Astrid Berthinussen © Bjørn Eide
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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