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Narvikfjellet Narvikfjellet
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Northern explorations and majestic mountains

It’s wild, it’s dramatic – and it’s most certainly unique. If you are searching for genuine nature experiences or an active holiday, Narvik is definitely waiting for you.

The city is surrounded by majestic mountains, and is perfect for both mountaineering and skiing. Narvik's ski resort, Narvikfjellet, offers some of the best extreme and alpine skiing in Norway. It has one of Scandinavia's largest drop heights and offers excellent conditions for off-piste skiing. From Narvikfjellet you can enjoy magnificent views over the Ofotfjord – from the top it actually seems like you’ll be skiing right into the fjord.

If you want to see the northern lights, the skies in Narvik are especially clear and great for observing this phenomenon in the late autumn and winter/early spring. From the end of May to the end of July you can experience the midnight sun.

Narvik is an important industrial town in Norway because of the ice free ports. The need for access to an ice-free harbour to export iron from Sweden led to the construction of the Ofotbanen Railway Line, and so to the development of the modern town of Narvik.

During World War II the port of Narvik proved to be strategically valuable for both sides. This dramatic part of the town’s modern history is still important to the region and its inhabitants.

Sami activities in Narvik
Sami activities in Narvik
Hiking, Narvik
Hiking, Narvik
Polar park In Narvik
Polar park In Narvik
Pål Jakobsen
Northern lights safari in Narvik

Where to stay

Getting here and around

By plane:
  • Narvik Airport Framnes is a small domestic airport near the town centre. From here there are several daily flights to and from Bodø.
  • Narvik and Harstad share a larger airport mid-way between the two towns, and which has connections to Andenes, Bodø, Oslo, Tromsø and Trondheim. Harstad/Narvik Airport is a little under 1,5 hours from Narvik by road.
By road:
  • Express bus routes serve Narvik from the other regional hubs in Northern Norway, which you can reach from the major cities.
  • Almost all the major Lofoten islands are connected to the mainland by road, and there are a variety of buses connecting Narvik to the settlements on the islands.
  • Travel time from Narvik to Svolvær in Lofoten is approximately 3,5 hours by bus. Harstad, on the other hand, is only about two hours away by road.
By train:
  • There are daily train departures to Narvik from Boden in Sweden. Travel time is around 5 hours, with an additional 17 if you are taking the train from Gothenburg or Stockholm to Boden.
  • From Narvik there are also trains to and from Kiruna in sweden, a trip which takes 2,5 hours.
  • Within Norway, you can take the train from Oslo to Fauske, and change to a bus for the last four hours to Narvik.
By boat:
  • Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Coastal Voyage, cruises the Norwegian coastline and calls at Svolvær and Harstad, both of which are connected to Narvik by road.

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