Narvik is a relatively modern town, spectacularly situated on the shores of the Ofotfjord or Narvik Fjord, in Arctic Norway. Blue waters are shadowed by the dramatic mountain scenery that surround the town. At the same time this is very much a busy working town and makes no apologies about it.
Narvik was developed in the 1870’s to handle the export of iron ore mined over the border in Sweden. The port benefiting from the warmer waters of the gulf stream was able to operate as an all-year ice-free port.
The iron ore was transported from Sweden on the Ofotbanen railway line, built for this purpose and it still runs today. The route, considered one of the most spectacular in Europe offers a unique view from fjords to mountains as it cuts through the wild and beautiful landscape. It was such a mammoth task to construct the track, every March the locals commemorate with a week’s long festivities, dressed in period costume.
During World War Two the port was strategically valuable for both sides. This dramatic part of the town’s modern history is still important to its inhabitants. The Narvik War Museum is dedicated to organizing thought provoking exhibitions about war and its consequences.
The clear skies offer the perfect occasion to observe the wonders of the northern lights from the late autumn right through until early spring. From the end of May until the end of July experience the midnight sun. During this period many activities stay open at night with the possibility to try midnight golfing, cycling or fishing.