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Sortland is a city and a municipality and the regional center of Vesterålen in Nordland.
The municipality is located about Sortland Strait and encompasses the western part of Hinnøya and the eastern part of Langøya. The live 4797 inhabitants (2012) in the city.
Sortland is a young city, from 1997. To give it an overall feel was the idea of the ‘blue city on the strait, “the city’s buildings were painted in shades of blue, was released. The literary decoration “font on blue” is an important part of the project. In collaboration with author Lars Saabye Christensen, youth from Vesterålen participated in an effort to put into words, poems and texts on the blue facades. But the idea is controversial, and so far only a few buildings painted in shades of blue.
Vesterålen is known for its natural beauty with a wild seas, high mountains, deep fjords and countless number of islands, and nature is the most common attraction for those visiting Sortland. Sortland Marka is a nice walking area in both summer and winter. Jennestad old trading is a beautiful pier with old-fashioned shop which is located 8 miles north of downtown Sortland
Sortland’s port of call for Hurtigruten. Southbound call at 12.30 pm and northbound at 03.00. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the area include whale watching, on these trips can experience both orcas, humpback whales, fin whales and eagles.
The nearest airport is the airport for Sortland at Skagen at Stokmarknes, 23 km from the center of Sortland. The larger airport Harstad / Narvik Airport in Evenes is about two and a half hours away by car.