North of the Arctic Circle, among steep mountains and narrow fjords you will find the town of Narvik. With the spectacular and dramatic Arctic nature as a back drop, the town offers a broad spectre of activities and experiences both summer and winter.
Narvik was established in 1902 and is seen as a relatively young town. Before 1900, Narvik only had a few farms, now the town has grown to approx. 18.500 inhabitants.
The reason for Narvik’s existence is found to the east, across the border to Sweden, in the mining town of Kiruna to be precise. The Ofoten Railway opened in 1902 to transport iron ore from Kiruna in Sweden to Narvik’s ice-free harbour. LKAB is responsible for the supply chain of iron ore and ones the ships are loaded in Narvik the iron ore is then shipped to various destinations around the world.
Narvik has daily train departures and arrivals from Sweden and daily bus departures to all the major cities in Northern Norway. The regional airport Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenes is only an hour’s drive away.
In Narvik you can experience the spectacular midnight sun. On bright summer nights you may see a landscape draped in yellow, orange and red colours from the glowing sun. Should you have the opportunity, we recommend a visit with the cable car to view the midnight sun from 650 metres above sea level.
Narvik is LKAB’s biggest harbour with a loading capacity of 20 million tons of iron ore per year. The harbour in Narvik is ice free all year round and the harbour basin deep and spacious enough to accommodate all ship sizes.
LKAB is a high-tech international company and a world leading producer of iron ore products for the steel industry. The iron ore is being transported by train along the Ofotbanen railway, from Kiruna, Malmberget and Svappavaara in Northern Sweden to the two harbours Luleå in Sweden and to Narvik.
Narvik War Museum
Narvik’s new War Museum opened on July 7th ,2016 and is a modern museum with architectural and interactive experiences, where Northern Norway’s war history is gathered under one roof.
With the entire 1600 square meters spread across three floors, it is not just the battle of Narvik in focus, but a comprehensive presentation of the history of warfare in Northern Norway.