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Narvik in Northern Norway is the ideal winter holiday destination if you are interested in Arctic nature, snow-based activities, Sami culture, and history.
At the Polar Park Arctic Wildlife Centre you can get close to wolves and other wildlife, and in Narvik War Museum you can learn about Northern Norway’s dramatic war history.
When in Narvik, go on a scenic train journey with the Ofotbanen railway towards the Swedish border. There are several options for getting to Narvik and around.
Find more inspiration on Narvik’s official website.
Polar Park is the world’s northernmost wildlife park and is located in Salangsdalen valley in Bardu, north of Narvik. Polar Park offers a special wildlife experience for the whole family.
Experience the natural predators of the Arctic – bears, wolves, wolverine and lynx. You can also meet moose, reindeer, musk oxen and Arctic foxes, and a cabin known as “the wolf lodge” has been constructed for those brave enough to sleep within the wolf enclosure.
Prices from NOK 260 for adults and NOK 160 for children
Search for the northern lights alongside an expert guide. From Narvik city centre you will be transported by gondola to the newly renovated lodge at the top of Narvikfjellet. The whole experience has a touch of luxury, with fur lined gondolas, arrival drinks, and a warm and cosy, yet spacious, indoor area for aurora viewing. For those interested in photography, the outdoor platforms and balcony at the lodge will present you with magnificent aurora views.
Period: 4. September – 15. March
Duration: Monday 21.00–00.00, Fridays 21.00–00.00
Included in the price: transfer from the hotel, cabel car round trip, northern lights guide, two drinks, and refreshments.
Price from NOK 1,495 for adults (18 and older) and
NOK 1,195 for youth (17 and under)
The NorwayLights app will give you the best prediction for when to see the northern lights in your area.
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 4 hours to Narvik.
Express bus routes serve Narvik from the other regional hubs in Northern Norway.
Almost all of the major islands in Lofoten 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. To Harstad, travel time is about 2 hours.
The Norwegian Coastal Voyage Hurtigruten cruises the Norwegian coastline and calls at Svolvær and Harstad, both of which are connected to Narvik by road.
Narvik is described as the gate to Northern Norway. The E6 runs straight through Narvik.
The main north-south artery has one single ferry crossing, between Bognes and Skarberget, with numerous departures.
Harstad/Narvik Airport lies less than 1,5 hours from Narvik by road. The airport has connections to Andenes, Bodø, Oslo, Tromsø, and Trondheim.
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