The Navvy Road

Industrial Heritage

Journeying through history along the old railway construction road.

Renowned as one of Norway's most picturesque trails, the navvy road offers a well-marked path that traces a historical route. Originally constructed to transport crews and materials through the remote Norwegian-Swedish mountain regions for building the Ofoten Line, this path holds immense historical significance.

An aerial shot shows the navvy road descending from the mountains to the fjord.

Sverre Hjørnevik

In the footsteps on the Navvies

It begins at the lofty mountain plateau of Riksgränsen (520 masl), guiding hikers through lush, steep valleys, ultimately descending to the stunning Rombaken fjord. Covering a distance of 16.2 km from the Swedish border to Rombaksbotn, completing this hike means you've crossed Norway on foot!

The beauty of the Navvy Road lies in its versatility, it accommodates various hiking lengths and is suitable for most individuals, provided they have sturdy footwear. So, lace up your hiking boots and prepare for an unforgettable journey through history and nature's wonders.

The guided tour, complete with historical narration, is also an option for groups upon request. Ensure you pre-book your boat transport online before your hike.

Hiking routes along the Navvy Road

You can explore segments of the Navvy road through three varying hiking distances.

6.5km Katterat - Rombaksbotn

Narvik to Katterat by train, hike 6.5 km to Rombaksbotn Quay, return to Narvik by boat and bus.

Transport to Katterat by train

D: 10:30 - Narvik Station
A: 11:05 - Katterat Station

Transport from Rombaksbotn by boat

D: 17:00 Rombaksbotn Quay
A: 18:00 Narvik Station

11km Bjørnfjell - Katterat

Narvik to Bjørnfjell by train, hike 11.0 km to Katterat, return to Narvik by train.

Transport to Bjørnfjell by train

D: 10:30 - Narvik Station
A: 11:20 - Bjørnfjell Station

Transport from Katterat by train

D: 18:01 Katterat Station
A: 18:38 Narvik Station

16.2km Riksgränsen - Rombaksbotn

Narvik to Riksgränsen by train, hike 16.2 km to Rombaksbotn Quay, return to Narvik by boat and bus.

Transport to Riksgränsen by train

D: 10:30 - Narvik Station
A: 11:25 - Riksgränsen Station

Transport from Rombaksbotn by boat

D: 17:00 Rombaksbotn Quay
A: 18:00 Narvik Station

Proud navvies pose by completed tracks, beaming with accomplishment.

Museum Nord

The Navvy Legacy

From past to present their legacy shines bright The legacy of the navvies persists in the enduring tale of the Ofoten Line's construction, a feat largely achieved through manual labor. The navvies, were itinerant laborers who played a pivotal role in shaping the railway. The unforgiving landscape and weather along the Ofoten line made it an incredibly challenging endeavor, demanding resilience from those involved. Enduring bitter cold, perpetual darkness, and relentless winter storms, these workers found solidarity through their shared hardships, fostering a culture rich with camaraderie and marked by the iconic Navvies hat. Their vibrant legacy lives on robustly to this day.

Narvik's Winter Festival annually celebrates these heroes with a vibrant ten-day event filled with concerts, dance, theater, and art. Attendees, young and old, don historical attire, transporting the city back to the late 19th century.

Through the lens of history, the lost city of Rombaksbotn emerges from the shadows,

Museum Nord

The lost city of Rombaksbotn

As your journey along the navvy road concludes, you arrive at the abandoned town of Rombaksbotn nestled by the fjord. While exploring its numerous ruins, you're transported 120 years back in time to the vibrant construction hub of the Ofoten Line. Through an animated video, Rombaksbotn springs to life, revealing a bustling community of 700 diligent residents flourishing during the late 19th-century construction boom.

Map of the Navvy Road

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