The Arctic Train - Ofoten Line
The Arctic Train
Arctic Train travels through a desolate, wild and beautiful landscape on Norway’s most northerly railway. The 43 kilometer long Ofot line streches from Narvik in Nordland towards the Swedish border. From the ice-blue fjord in Narvik to the high mountains, there are several historical events that form a dramatic backdrop for the experience.
An unforgettable journey
With towering mountains, dramatic waterfalls and fantastic views of the fjord, this journey goes through a beautiful and wild arctic landscape. The train makes several stops along the way to ensure you get the most out of the trip, and with the help of the "Voice of Norway" app you can listen to the history of the places you pass on the journey.
The construction of the Ofoten railway started at the end of the 19th century and opened in 1902. The railway was built to ensure access to an ice-free port for the huge iron ore deposits from northern Sweden. Itinerant workers, a so called “rallar”, sought their fortune in what was referred to as Europe’s “Klondyke”, and over 5,000 workers at the most were involved in the construction of the railway.
A rich and dramatic history
As an export route for Europe’s largest and most important iron ore deposits, the route was particularly important to control during the Second World War. Therefore, a lot of the warfare that took place during the Battle of Narvik, was in immediate vicinity of the railway. The history behind the development of the railway together with the acts of war in 1940, forms a dramatic backdrop for the train journey.
Distances from Narvik Station:
- Narvik harbour: 1,9 kilometres
- Narvik Gondola: 2,3 kilometres
- Narvik War Museum: 800 metres
- Scandic Narvik: 1 kilometres
- Quality Hotel Grand Royal: 400 metres
Tickets and Prices
Tickets can be purchased at Narvik Train Station or onboard the train. Our staff are available 30 mins. before our departures.
Ticket prices one-way/round trip
Adult – NOK 360/520
Children (4-15 years) - NOK 90/130
Children (0-4 years) - Free
Dogs – NOK 150/225
Bicycle - NOK 150/225
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Our offices are located at Narvik Railway Station. Stop by or use the contact info below to reach us.
The Arctic Train
Narvik Railway Station
Facts Ofoten Line
- Ofototen Line total lenght. Narvik harbour - Riksgränsen | 43 (42.66) km
- Arctic Train. Narvik Harbour - Bjørnefjell | 36.72 km
- Number of train stations/stops personal transport | 5
- Number of tunnels | 20
- Official opening of the Ofoten Line | 14 July 1903
- Total tonnage of goods on the Ofoten Line annually | 23 million tons