During and after the German invasion of Norway, Narvik was the scene of fierce battles between allied (British, French and Polish supporting Norwegian army) and German forces, and the war museum commemorates the events of 1940. The Battle of Narvik was the first real engagement between Allied and German troops after months of phony war. The Battle of Narvik was a key event in the early phases of the war. The town was totally destroyed in the process and the fjord was full of shipwrecks. Today, the city offers several outdoor activities; in particular, alpine skiing is possible in the mountains around Narvik.
Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenesalso serves the town Harstad. There are several direct flights daily from Oslo. Flights are also available from Trondheim, Bodø, Tromsø, and other mid-sized Norwegian cities. Also used by charter flights. The drawback is that this airport is located 75 km from Narvik; an airport express buses makes the journey in about 75 minutes costing kr 270 one-way and kr 400 return.
Narvik StationNarvik is the terminus of Malmbanan ("Iron Ore Railway", in Norway known as Ofotbanen) railway from northern Sweden. Mainly used for shipping enormous amounts of iron ore from mines in Lapland, it also offers passenger services.
A journey along Malmbanan gives spectacular views over large mountains of Narvik and the vast emptiness of Lapland. The Swedish state railway company SJ has two daily services; one early morning and another at around 10AM from Luleå (7 hr) via Boden (6½ hr), Gällivare (4½ hr) and Kiruna (2 hr 45 min). The morning service has sleeper carriages attached all the way from Stockholm, departures from Stockholm are daily at 6PM. Prices vary according to demand, booked early (bookings open 90 days before departure) tickets for the over-night trains can be as low as SEK 450 and SEK 195 for day trains. Narvik is the northernmost point that can be reached by train on electrified standard gauge railways from the rest of Europe. This station also sees the northernmost sleeper train on earth
Narvik is not connected directly to the rest of the Norwegian rail network, which ends in Bodø, southwards. That said you can book connecting rail and bus tickets from southern Norway via NSB.
There are long-distance bus lines from Fauske, Kiruna, Lofoten and Tromsø, and from several nearby places. Many routes are very scenic.
- The bus station, , is located on the west side of the inner city, near the AMFI shopping center. Buses to or from north also stop at E6 near the railway station on the other side of the city. A full timetable can be found at 177 Nordland.
Narvik is a compact city which is easy to navigate. Tourist info office is on the main street, and the railway station is easy to find as well. Destination Narvik and its links will help you to find most of what you are looking for about Narvik.
If flying in from Oslo Gardemoen to Harstad/Narvik/Evenes airport west of Narvik, a one-hour bus transit is available right to the town centre.
Narvik has a local bus service with routes to neighborhoods outside the centre, including Ankenes, Framnes, and Beisfjord. Tickets for short journeys are kr 31, kr 16 for children (under 16) and seniors (67 years and over). Most lines run Monday to Saturday, while a few major routes (in particular Ankenes) have very limited service Sunday afternoons as well. Schedules are available online (in Norwegian); the paper schedule for the Ofoten region can also be downloaded.
phone: +47 76-969650address: Administrasjonsveien 3
War Memorial Museumphone: +47 76-944426address: Torgsvingen 15Exhibitions about the Narvik Campaign in the Second World War.
Narvik churchLarge stone church was built in 1925 by the architect Olaf Nordhagen.
- Take the cable car to the top of Fagernesfjellet. Or better yet, climb it in the middle of the night during summer. There is a fantastic path the winds up the mountain that overlooks the city and one can reach the same destination as the cable car.
Ski at NarvikfjelletThe ski station is located so that you can contemplate the fjords as you ski down the slopes.
Voss KlatreparkFun climbing park through treetops, open all year round.
Hiking from BeisfjordThere is a good network of hiking routes in the inland. The nearest trailhead is at Beisfjord, 12 km south-east from the city. A weekend hike up to Lossihytta hut at some 750 m (25 km one way) requires fitness and some experience (two fords). The hike can be extended as a five day tour around Storsteinsfjellet (return by train from Katterat). The huts require the DNT key, otherwise you must bring a tent.
Hiking from KatteratTake the train to Katterat and hike to Hunddalshytta. You can continue via Oallavagge day hut, Čunojávrihytta, Unna Allakas fjällstuga and Abiskojaurre fjällstuga to Abisko: 70 km, 5 days. The last leg is by Kungsleden, the most famous hiking route in Sweden. Enjoy the facilities of Abisko fjällstation. Return by train. The DNT key is needed for the first huts, Unna Allakas is unlocked, the last are manned. The trail is classified as requiring normal fitness and basic hiking skills (on the Norwegian scale).
There are shops and kiosks on the main street, plus there are two large shopping centres: one near the railway station and the other in the centre of the town.
Linken Restaurant Og Barphone: +47 96-99660address: Kongensgate 64
Malmen/Telegrafenaddress: Dronningens gate 47
Tøtta Barphone: +47 76-961400address: Kongensgate 33Great bar to start off the evening with drinks and perhaps a light meal while taking in the dramatic mountainous landscape.
phone: +47 76-977000address: Kongensgate 64Largest hotel in town with over 600 beds, much-used and well-suited for larger conferences.
phone: +47 76-961400address: Kongensgate 33Newest hotel to open in Narvik, this 18-story high rise offers great views over the town and surrounding mountains. Offers stylish interior design and a skybar.
phone: +47 76 96 48 00address: Skistuavn. 840 rooms
- The Express Bus (Northbound) goes to Finnsnes and Tromsø with connections to Alta and the Northcapp. The Southbound to Fauske (railway) and Bodø (bus, railway and airport)
- Southbound bus to Fauske/Bodø daily
- There are two bus departures daily from Narvik to Svolvær in Lofoten
- There is an Airport Express Bus to Harstad/Narvik/Evenes Airport (EVE) that connects with flights to Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL).
- Kiruna and Luleå in Sweden, connected by road and Malmbanan (Iron Ore Railway)