About Harstad / Narvik Airport (EVE)
Address: Evenes Airport Postboks 175, Evenskjer, 9439
Harstad / Narvik Airport (EVE) is located in the Evenes Municipality of Nordland County, Norway. The airport is the primary entry point to the towns of Harstad and Narvik, and a popular gateway to the rest of Northern Norway. The majority of visitors to the region will need to rent a car from one of four airport providers: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, or Sixt. Airport car rentals are found in the arrivals area of the terminal.
Home to roughly 18,000 inhabitants, Narvik is a small but modern town located 57 km (34 mi) southeast of the airport. Its compact city center is fairly easy to navigate, but laid out in a vague and curvy grid, making GPS a necessity for getting around. The slightly larger but less cosmopolitan city of Harstad is 45 km (27 mi) due north of the airport. Both cities belong to the Central Hålogaland district of Northern Norway and serviced by European Road E10, which links the entire region to the Norway-Sweden border.
Driving in Northern Norway is punctuated by winter driving conditions throughout most of the year. The roads are very well marked and in fairly good condition, but E roads tend to be in better shape than minor numbered routes. For the most part, all driving will take place on undivided two-lane roads. The speed limit on E roads will max out at 80 km/h, and most driving conditions will force you below the posted speed.
Although Norway adheres to international standards for signage with universal pictograms in most traffic situations, you may encounter a few unfamiliar signs, such as the blue sign with white and red arrows that indicates oncoming traffic has the right of way. It wouldn’t hurt to brush up on Norwegian rules of the road before you decide to rent a car.
Choosing your car
Volkswagen economy and Audi intermediate sedans are the most popular car rentals at Harstad/Narvik Airport, but you’ll get great deals on a Ford 7-9 seater minvan, too. For all-purpose driving in Northern Norway, your best bets are the range of SUVs on offer from midsize Toyotas to crossover Mercedes and fullsize BMW all-wheel drive vehicles.
Tips and advice for renting a car at Harstad/narvik Airport
Norway has a near-zero tolerance for drink-driving, with a BAC limit of 0.02.
You must be 19 years of age to rent a car in Norway, with additional fees for underage drivers. Do check the conditions when booking your car as these may vary from this advice.
Fines for speeding in Norway are among the highest in the known universe, and penalties could include jail time — even for tourists. Speed cameras are common on major routes, even out in the sticks of Northern Norway. If you see a blue sign with a camera and “Strekningsmåling 2-10 km”, that means you’ll be under surveillance for the next 8 km.
Ferry crossings are increasingly common in Northern Norway, and most airport car rental companies are cool about letting you take your car hire on the boat. However, your Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) is likely to be suspended during the crossing. Check with your rental provider on pick up, and consider having a travel insurance that covers CDW on your policy.
Ferry crossings are almost mandatory on certain routes, and add upwards of an hour to travel times, depending on the hour. Most major routes have 24-hour service, but many inland ferries stop running around midnight.
Northern Norway is a popular destination for viewing the Northern Lights, with June and July the peak season for tourism. It’s during this period that renting a car may be a problem. Otherwise, you’ll often find incredible deals outside of those months.