Sortland is a port town on Langoya Island in Nordland, Norway. The municipality is part of the traditional region of Vesteralen Islands. The town has population around 10,000 and is the municipality's administrative centre. Other towns in Sortland municipality are Bo, Holand, Holmstad, Sigerfjord, Strand, Liland. The Norwegian Coast Guard has its base Kystvaktskvadron Nord in Sortland.
- In 1997, Sortland was given the town status. It is Vesteralen's biggest town and commercial centre. It is located close to Sortland Bridge (opened in 1975, length 948 m / 3110 ft) that connects Langoya Island and Hinnoya by road.
- Important for Sortland (although not part of the municipality) are the Andoy Bridge (between Andoya and Hinnoya, opened 1974, length 750 m / 2460 ft), Hadsel Bridge (between Langoya and Boroya, opened 1978 , length 1011 m / 3317 ft).
- Ryggedalstunnelen (Ryggedal Tunnel, aka Bo Tunnel) has length 1612 m (5290 ft) and was opened 1980.
- Most settlements of the municipality are linked with roads. Highway 85 from the east comes in Kvaefjord Strand through Long Vassdalen. The section between Melbu and Sortland is part of Road 82 that continues to Andoya Island via Sortland Bridge. The only part of the municipality that doesn't have road access is Eidsfjord (on Langoya Island's west coast).
The following YouTube video shows Sortland Harbour, where cruise ships dock.
Sortland cruise terminal
Sortland is one of the ferry ports along the "Express Route" - Norway's Government subsidized "Norwegian Coastal Express". This is a regularly scheduled passenger and cargo shipping service in Norway. The "ferry and cruise" itinerary is between two turnaround ports - Bergen (southmost) and Kirkenes (northmost). It connects a total of 34 ports, which are Norwegian communities without any road or air access.
Since January 2021, Norway's coastal ferry service is operated by two companies - Hurtigruten (7 ships) and Havila Shipping (4 ships)..Norwegian Government's annual subsidy for the ferry service is around USD 100 million.
The list of all ports along the northboaund "Norwegian Coastal Express" itinerary includes Bergen (turnaround port), Alesund, Floro, Geiranger (Stranda), Maloy (Vagsoy), Molde, Torvik (Heroy, Leinoya Island), Kristiansund, Rorvik (Vikna), Trondheim, Bodo, Bronnoysund (Bronnoy), Nesna, Ornes (Meloy), Sandnessjoen (Alstahaug), Stamsund (Vestvagoy Island), Svolvaer (Vagan, Austvagoya Island), Trollfjorden (Hadsel), Finnsnes (Lenvik), Harstad (Hinnoya Island), Risoyhamn (Andoy Island), Skjervoy, Sortland (Langoya Island), Stokmarknes (Hadseloya Island), Tromso, Berlevag, Hammerfest, Honningsvag (Mageroya Island, Nordkapp / North Cape), Kjollefjord (Lebesby), Mehamn (Gamvik), Oksfjord (Loppa), Batsfjord, Vardo (Vardoya Island), Kirkenes (turnaround port).
The Hurtigruten ship call is at 12:30 noon (on the southbound roure) and at 3 pm (on the northbound route).