Narvik is situated between steep mountains and narrow fjords. With astonishing, Arctic nature as a backdrop, the region offers a wide range of activities and experiences both during winter and summer time. A combination of spectacular Arctic nature with dramatic WW2 history, and the Ofoten railway makes the town a unique destination.

Narvik is a relatively young town, established in 1902. Before the 20th century Narvik consisted of only a few farms, at present Narvik is a developing town with 18,500 inhabitants. The reason for town's existence is the Swedish mining town of Kiruna. Narvik was founded in 1902, the same year the Ofoten Railway was opened for transport of iron-ore from Kiruna in Sweden to Narvik's ice-free harbour. The iron-mining company LKAB is responsible for iron ore unloading and loading onto large cargo ships from all over the world.
The area around Narvik is called Ofoten and it consists of 6 municipalities, of which Narvik is the regional centre. Narvik has daily train departures to and arrivals from Sweden in addition to daily bus departures to all major towns in Northern Norway. Just an hour drive away is the regional Harstad / Narvik Airport in Evenes.

You are never far from nature

From the centre of Narvik, an 8-minute cable car ride takes you up to the top station of Narvikfjellet ski resort at 656 mas. There is no better place for a panorama view of the town and surrounding scenery, with rugged mountains emerging straight out of the ocean. Around one-hour drive from Narvik you find the famous Polar Park, the northernmost animal park in the world. The town itself is an Eldorado for skiers, where you can ski both under the northern Lights and the midnight sun. In the Narvik region you will find activities both during winter and summer time, for small children families and for adrenaline seekers. Try skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing, trekking, fjord-cruising, fishing, climbing. Watch the midnight sun or the Northern Lights and savour the serenity. Be close to the nature and have all the city facilities; comfortable hotels, shopping centres and cosy restaurants at your fingertips.

Dramatic history

In Narvik you will not only find breath-taking nature, but also dramatic history. Did you know the biggest battle in the North Atlantic took place in the fjords here? Narvik War Museum was rebuilt and opened in July 2016 and is a one-of-a-kind attraction in Northern Norway. Learn about the events from 1940-45, but also face questions related to war and peace, conflict and human rights in general.  

Do not hesitate, visit Narvik

The people of Narvik are always helpful and famous for being warm-hearted, hospitable and having a good sense of humour.

Warm welcome to Narvik!