Ofotbanen - The Ofoten Railway

Northern Norway's hidden pearl, is the railway between Narvik and Kiruna. The trip takes you through a historical, beautiful and wild landscape. Give yourself the opportunity to take the train in a unique landscape from fjords to mountains, with a breathtaking view. Ofotbanen is by some referred to as one of the most spectacular railway lines in the world.

History - the making of a railway
The Ofoten Railway is a significant ingredient in Narviks existence.
For more than 250 years ago, the sami people found the treasure of iron ore in Swedish Laplands. We are talking about seriousely rich deposits. It turned out to be one of the world's richest single deposits of iron ore.
But one thing was localizing the treasure, another thing was to get hold of it. From 1764 reindeer was used to transfer the ores from the inlands to the coast. In 1827 a suggestion with horse transport to Ofoten was rejected by the king. And in 1869 railway transportation was suggested.

In 1898 the Parliament adopted a decision that the Ofotbanen should be built as a state line, presupposed that it was finish on the Swedish side at the same time, and that the shipping on a yearly base exceeded 1,2 mill tons.

The Navvy
Intinerants, also called navvies, built the railway. They came to Ofoten from all over the Nordic countries. The conditions for the workers was incredibly hard. The long winter made it only possible to work within the tunnels, and the lack of daylight caused major problems. The work was extreme and the payment was poor.

Along the line small communities grew. One of them was Rombaksbotn, 8 km from the Swedish border. All neccesary equipment could be transferred by ship and then transported up in to the mountain. All along the roads small shops were established, and soon there were bakeries, hotels, liqueur shops and dealers and bars, the latter with somewhat unfortunate reputation.

The construction period was soon over, and already the winter of 1902 the 2 railways on either side of the border could be connected. An official opening commenced the summer of 1903.

The preparatory work for electification started in 1919. Access to electricity was no problem, as the construction of power stations happened just near by. So already in 1923 the railway had electrical power, and is still the world's northern most line with electrification.

The red painted stations along the line are as beautiful as the land scape is dramatic. They were designed by the Railway's own architects. Katterat station is surrounded by several residentials from the time when Katterat was a small community for the employees of the railway. All together up to 40 persons including their families lived here. Today the old houses are used as cabins. Katterat was depopulated when the shunting became automated in the 1960's.

Rallarveien - The Navvy Road
The old construction road takes you from Bjørnfjell or Katterat down to Rombaksbotn. The area was in 1997 awarded as Norway's outdoor recreation area. Rallarveien - The Navvy Road - passes through fair mountains from Abisko in Northern Sweden to Rombaksbotn in Norway In the summertime hiking in the footprints of the Navvies is recommended. The Rallarveien is a cultural and historical walk with traces from the navvies.

Iron Ore transportation
The most significant function of Ofotbanen is transportation of iron ores. The ore trains are in traffic 24 hours a day, all year around. For more than 110 years the railway traffic has great regional and national impact both in Sweden and Norway. And it is the large iron ore transport that makes Ofotbanen very special in Norwegian and European context. More than 1 billion tons of iron ore has been transported on the railway up to now, and with the planning of extra lines and crossing tracks at several of the station areas, we will see a lot more in the future.

Travel with Ofotbanen
Arctic Train operates their trains on Ofotbanen. Tickets can be bought on the Railway station in Narvik or online www.arctictrain.com

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More information about the Ofoten Railway

Toget har avgang fra Narvik stasjon to ganger om dagen.

Det er SJ som opererer toget på strekningen og du kan sjekke eksakt togtider på SJ.se

Du kan kjøpe togbillett online på sj.se eller du kan kjøpe de på billett automaten som står på Narvik Stasjon.
Det tar ca 30 minutter med tog fra Narvik Stasjon til Katterat Stasjon, og ca 50 minutter.

For sommer 2020 er avganger fra Narvik Stasjon som følger

Avgang fra Narvik Stasjon/Ankomst Katterat Stasjon



Avgang Katterat Stasjon/Ankomst Narvik Stasjon



Den enkleste måten er å kjøpe din togbillett på Narvik Stasjon eller online på sj.se

Du trenger en togbillett fra Narvik til Katterat Stasjon, og toget tar ca 30 minutter.
Togturen i seg selv er en attraksjon som mange mener overgår Flåmsbanen!

Fra Katterat Stasjon går du Rallarveien så langt du vil og helst ned til Rombaksbotn.

Her kan du enten velge om du vil gå tilbake til Katterat Stasjon og ta neste tog hjem, husk å sjekk togtider for siste toget tilbake.

Eller du kan booke (må forhåndsbookes) deg båt og busstransport fra Rombaksbotn og tilbake til Narvik. Denne kjøper du enten online her på visitnarvik.com eller du kan kjøpe den på Turistkontoret i Narvik sentrum

Du kan også gå Rallarveien ved å gå Norge på tvers. Da starter du fra Riksgrensen, og tar da toget fra Narvik til Riksgrensen som tar ca 50 minutter.

Nei, kun på fredager og lørdager i sommer sesongen.

Du kan booke billett på visitnarvik.com eller du kan kjøpe den på Turistkontoret i Narvik sentrum

For andre dager kan du ta kontakt direkte med båt transport leverandøren og avtale henting og pris.
Mobil +47 99 53 80 45 / [email protected]

Rallarveien er opprinnelig en anleggsvei som Narvik og Kiruna kommune oppførte under byggingen av Ofotbanen (1890-1903). Veien går helt fra Tornehamn i Sverige til Rombaksbotn i Norge.
I dag benyttes den som en populær turiststi og du kan selv velge hvor langt du vil gå. Her er noen ulike strekninger som vi anbefaler:

Fra Katterat Stasjon til Rombaksbotn

Rallarveien er 6 km fra Katterat Stasjon til Rombaksbotn

Fra Bjørnfjell Stasjon til Rombaksbotn

Bjørnfjell stasjon ligger mellom Katterat og Riksgrensen, og turen derfra til Rombaksbotn er på 12,5 km.

Fra Riksgrensen til Rombaksbotn

Du kan også gå Rallarveien fra Sverige om du starter på Riksgrensen, dette er en 15 km vandringstur. Da tar du toget helt til Riksgrensen og går derfra og ned til Rombaksbotn.
Går du fra Riksgrensen går du Norge på tvers på en dag!

Gå så langt eller lite du vil - valget er ditt!

Du kan selvsagt også velge å bare gå en del av Rallarveien fra Katterat Stasjon også gå tilbake til Katterat Stasjon for å ta toget tilbake til Narvik.
Dette er kanskje noe som passer for de med små barn under 6 år og som ikke er vant til å gå litt lengre turer.