The perfect day trip
Rail & Hike
The Arctic Train
The first leg of the trip is a magnificent one-hour train ride along the Ofot Line.
Hike on the Navvy road
Hike in the footsteps of the navvies’ on this path through virtually untouched Arctic nature.
The hike ends up at the Katterat where you can enjoy the area while waiting for your afternoon train departure back to Narvik.
Rail & Hike by Arctic Train
Prepare yourself for an unparalleled adventure as we embark on an unforgettable day trip that seamlessly blends the wonders of the magnificent Ofot Line train ride with an invigorating hike along the historical Navvies' Road. This journey is renowned for its captivating vistas and awe-inspiring landscapes, promising an experience like no other. Get ready to be captivated by the beauty of untouched nature and the echoes of history as we traverse through the Arctic wilderness.
Ride with the Arctic Train
Our day begins with a scenic train ride along the legendary Ofot Line, known for its breathtaking vistas and awe-inspiring landscapes. Departing from the picturesque town of Narvik, the train snakes its way through the Arctic wilderness, offering panoramic views of the sparkling fjords and untouched natural beauty. This one-hour ride will transport you through time, back to an era when the railway was a testament to human ingenuity and determination, conquering the rugged terrain and harsh elements of Norway's northernmost region.
Before boarding, make sure to download the Voice of Norway app, your informative audio guide to this incredible journey. Delve into the fascinating history of the Ofot railway's construction, an engineering marvel that defied the rugged terrain and harsh climate of Norway's Arctic region. The audio guide also recounts the gripping tales of the Battle of Narvik during World War II, adding a poignant layer of history to your adventure.
Hike on the Navvy Road
But the adventure doesn't end there; it's just the beginning. As we approach Bjørnfjell, near the Swedish border, we transition seamlessly from train to trail, commencing our hike along the historical Navvies' Road. This trail is a living testament to the resilience and perseverance of the hardworking laborers who once built the mighty Ofot railway. Walking in their footsteps, we'll be immersed in an untouched Arctic wilderness, where majestic waterfalls cascade from towering cliffs and alpine terrains beckon us further into the heart of nature.
The full hike from Bjørnfjell to Katterat spans a distance of 11 kilometers, a challenging yet rewarding endeavor for adventurers seeking to fully immerse themselves in this Arctic wonderland. For those seeking a shorter route, a 6-kilometer hike awaits from Søsterbekk station, where you can still revel in the splendor of this untouched natural paradise.
As you near the end of your journey, Katterat reveals itself as a hidden gem nestled in nature's embrace. Marvel at the historic station building, a window to the past dating back to 1921. Nearby, the old railway workshop from 1902 echoes the stories of generations past. But the true highlight awaits next to the railway line – "Katteratgubben," a colossal rock formation standing tall at four meters, gazing serenely over the valley below. Witness the awe-inspiring sight of this geological marvel, a massive rock balanced with astonishing precision on a small rock beneath it.
Take some time to savor the surroundings while awaiting your afternoon train departure back to Narvik. "Rail and Hike" offers an unforgettable Arctic experience, blending the thrill of train travel with the serenity of nature's untamed beauty.