Narvik is a city in northern Norway. The town of Narvik has a population of about 14000, while the entire municipality has a population of about 18000. The city is located along the southern shore of the Ofot Fjord, and is the centre of the Ofoten district.
The modern city was founded in 1902. It grew up as an important ice-free port for Swedish iron ore exports. During and after the German invasion of Norway, Narvik was the scene of fierce battles between allied and German forces, and the war museum commemorates the events of 1940. Today, the city offers several outdoor activities, in particular alpine skiing is possible in the mountains around Narvik.
There are two airports which serve Narvik.
- The larger of the two airports is the Harstad/Narvik Evenes airport, also serving the city of Harstad. The airport has several direct flights daily to Oslo. Flights are also operated to Trondheim, Bodø and Tromsø, and there are occasional charter flights as well. The airport is 75 km from Narvik, and a journey by car takes over an hour. Airport buses run between Narvik and Evenes airport taking 75 minutes, and costing NOK 210 for a one-way journey, and NOK 315 for a return journey.
- The smaller of the two airports is Narvik Airport, Framnes. This is a short runway airport, only served by Widerøe with flights to and from Bodø and flights from (but not to!) Andenes and Tromsø. Framnes is only 2 km west of central Narvik.
Narvik is the terminus of the Malmbane railway line from the Swedish towns of Kiruna, Boden and Luleå. There are two day trains along the line. Narvik has no connections to the rest of the Norwegian rail network that ends at Bodø, 150 km south of Narvik. It is however possible to book rail plus bus tickets from southern Norway.
Booking early reduces prices alot, tickets from Sweden can cost as little as 250 SEK if booked 90 days before departures at SJ . Tickets from north Sweden can cost as little as 105 SEK if the traveler is a student (no matter how early or late the booking is made, or at the station).
One can travel from Fauske to Narvik by bus . The trip is quite scenic and takes about 6 hours.
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. www.destinationnarvik.no 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 NOK 31, NOK 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 .
- War Memorial Museum
- Cablecar to the top of Fagernesfjellet.
- Narvik Church, located in town.
- Ski: Narvikfjellet ski resorts offers views of the fjord as you ski down the slopes.
- Link Klatepark: fun climbing park through treetops, open all year round.
- Scuba diving: Explore and dive in wrecks from WW2 See map over all the wrecks located in Ofotfjorden
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.
Fresh fish can bought from Fiskehallen fish market, Kongensgate 42. There is also a small restaurant that serves many fish dishes. Also whale is available.
Government-controlled liquor store, Vinmonopolet, is in Narvik Storsenter, Kongens gat 66. Narvikguten pub (Dronningensgate 60) has some Norwegian beers on tap.
Narvik has several hotels, a hostel and a camping place. It is also possible to sleep free of charge in the church.
- Hostel Spor1 Gjestegård, Brugata 2a, ☎ +4795161814, . 300/600 NOK. (68.439494,17.424911) edit
- Apartment in Narvik, Tore Hunds Gate 59a, ☎ +4799510475, . 763 NOK. edit
The tourist office at the train station offers free wifi internet access if you have your own laptop computer.
The Express Bus (Northbound) goes to Finnsnes and Tromsø with conections to Alta and the Northcapp. The Southbound to Fauske (Railway)and Bodø (Bus,Railway and Airport)
Southbound bus to Fauske/Bodø Daily at 0700 and 1610
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 conects with flights to Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL).
|Routes through Narvik|
|Kirkenes ← Bardufoss ←||N S||→ Fauske → Trondheim |
|Lofoten ← Svolvær ←||W E||→ Abisko → Luleå|
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