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Gangsås / Gansås
Part of town
View of Gangsås in the background
View of Gangsås in the background
Gangsås is located in Troms
Location in Troms
Coordinates: 68°47′10″N 16°34′09″E / 68.78611°N 16.56917°E / 68.78611; 16.56917Coordinates: 68°47′10″N 16°34′09″E / 68.78611°N 16.56917°E / 68.78611; 16.56917
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Troms
District Central Hålogaland
Municipality Harstad
Elevation[1] 52 m (171 ft)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)

Gangsås or Gansås is a part of the town of Harstad in the municipality of Harstad in Troms county, Norway. It is situated on a small peninsula southeast of the city center, on the southern and western sides of the 180-metre (590 ft) tall Gansåsen hill. Gangsås is bounded by the neighborhoods of Stangnes to the east, Åsby and Kanebogen to the south, and the Vågsfjorden to the northwest.

The main neighbourhoods in Gangsås are Vollen (inhabited since 1975) and Øvre Gangsås (Upper Gangsås) (established in the 1980s). At the western foot of the hill is Mercur; some people live there, but the area is mostly industrialized, mostly by Statoil.


The ending ås in Gangsås means hill and it is named after the nearby Gangsåsen hill. The hill is uninhabited and has an elevation of approximately 180 metres (590 ft) above sea level. The top of the hill has one of the best views of the city (to the west) and the surrounding areas, including the hills Middagsfjellet and Hinnstein. To the east one sees the island of Rolla and the mainland, to the south is the Tjeldsundet strait, and to the north are the islands of Grytøya and Senja.

A marked path leads to the top of Gangsåsen, which is visited by 30–40 people every day in average, from the car park at the end of the Toppenveien road. The trip takes about 20 minutes, and there is a mail box at the top where one may sign the guest book.

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  1. ^ "Gansås" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-08-29.