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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.
Narvik is the terminus of the Malmbane railway line from the Swedish towns of Kiruna, Gällivare, Boden and Luleå, from where you can continue on towards Stockholm or the Finnish border. Narvik has no connections to the rest of the Norwegian rail network that ends at Bodø. Fauske, 150 km south of Narvik is the disembarking station for Narvik. The cheapest option is to book a train  ~90 days before the journey - you can find Stockholm-Narvik prices from 130 SEK!
One can travel from Fauske to Narvik by bus . The trip is quite scenic and takes about 5 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
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.
The tourist office at the train station offers free wifi internet access if you have your own laptop computer.
Narvik has several hotels, a hostel and a camping place.
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).