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Narvik


Narvik in Norway Narvik municipality coat of arms

Population:
18,853

Areal:
2.022,6 km2


Narvik Local Directory


Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Narvik

Narvik muncipality has approximately 18.400 inhabitants and covers a area of 2.022,6 km2. Narvik harbour, despite being so far north, is free of ice all year round thanks to the Gulf Stream. That is how the town was chosen in its day as the export harbour for iron ore from mines in Northern Sweden. These coastal features provide natural ports for receiving goods by sea from the whole of the northern region.

800 metres from the town centre is Narvik´s modern cable car. It takes only 7 minutes to climb 670 metres up to the Fjellheisen restaurant on Fagernesfjellet mountain. Over recent years, Narvik has become increasingly popular with snowboarders from all over the world. Come to Narvik, to speed down the mountain on skis or snowboard in the middle of May, play golf in the light of the midnight sun or cast a line from a boat on the calm fjord waters.

Industry in Narvik has for decades been an example of co-operation breaking down borders. Ore from Kiruna in Sweden is freighted by rail through Norway to Narvik, the Country's largest port in terms of tonnage handled. The latest oil finds on the shelf off Nordland have provided the region with a new resource to build on.

The skiing season is a long one in Narvik. It starts in October/November with floodlit runs during the dark winter months, and lasts until May. Just over the border into Sweden, the ski season lasts even longer until Midsummer Day.

Regardless of the time of year you visit - with the mystical Midnight sun, a spectacular thunderstorm or the magical Northern Lights. The polar night occurs when the night lasts for more than 24 hours. This occurs only inside the polar circles.

FAGERNESFJELLET

800 metres from the town centre is Narvik´s modern cable car, refurbished in 1995. It takes only 7 minutes to climb 670 metres up to the Fjellheisen restaurant on Fagernesfjellet mountain. On Fagernesfjellet, 5 ski lifts take you up to heights of 1.003 metres above sea level. From the top, you can follow precipitous slopes almost down to the water's edge. Over recent years, Narvik has become increasingly popular with snowboarders from all over the world. You'll also see a growing number of Telemark skiers on the slopes and there are plenty of good trails and you´re most likely to see hanggliders and paragliders floating down the mountainsides.

SLEEPING QUEEN

Narvik´s high mountains and fjord make it the perfect skiing destination, with plenty of downhill excitement. The cross-country runs are also excellent, even during the summer. The town is in the region of Nordland, and sits on the Narvik peninsula, at the head of the Ofotfjord, surrounded by Swedish mountains and high plains. Sports lovers from all corners of the world come to Narvik to go skiing, snowboarding, mountain climbing or potholing.

The actual town of Narvik is circled by the towering peaks of Sovende Dronning, Tøttatoppen and Fagernesfjellet. The most characteristic of these is Sovende Dronning, or the Sleeping Queen. This peak is topped with snow all year round, and after the dark winter months, the sun always reappears on 6 February over Sleeping Queen. It is rumoured that the mountain is named after Queen Victoria of England. The actual mountain looks like a woman's head in profile. Queen Victoria is said to have enjoyed the great privilege of anaesthetics when she gave birth to her children. Its real name is Kongsbakktind.

THE OFOTBANEN RAILWAY

Since the Ofotbanen railway was opened by King Oscar II in 1903, it has been used to transport iron ore and passengers between Kiruna in Sweden and Narvik. The railway climbs over the mountainside towards the Swedish border, rising farther and farther away from the waters of the Rombaksfjord. From the top, you get an excellent view of the wreck of a German torpedo boat sunk in the waters during the war.

A trip on this railway is an absolute must when staying in Narvik. The landscape along this stretch of railway must have proved a considerable challenge for the railway workers. Today, the road built alongside the railway for the workers is a delightful trek, with interesting remains from the days the railway was built. In 1997, the Rallarvegen road was voted best outdoors area of the year.

Narvik is the site of the German´s first defeat during the Second World War. The War Memorial Museum in the town centre will tell you all about the events of the war in the area. The museum also has an impressive collection of war material and objects from the war, and is a popular tourist destination. It really gives you an insight into the way of life in Narvik during the war.

HIKING

Come to Narvik, to speed down the mountain on skis or snowboard in the middle of May, play golf in the light of the midnight sun or cast a line from a boat on the calm fjord waters. Ore mountain climbing, potholing, hanggliders and paragliders.

SKIING

Narvik is renowned for having the largest drop in Scandinavia, as well as the best offpiste conditions. The starting point for everyone who comes to Narvik to ski is Fagernesfjellet. The skiing area starts near the village at 200 metres, and the ski lifts take you up to 1.000 metres in 10-15 minutes.

The spectacular view from the top of the slopes is unique, since the runs go almost all the way down to the fjord. A gondola going paralell to the ski lifts takes you directly to the mountain restaurant at 600 metres. Due to the dark period in December and January, the period from march to June is considered high season in Narvik.

GOLF

Narvik Golfclub is a golf course with 18 holes and a variation of difficulties. The course lies close to the river Skjoma at Elvegard. Watch up on hole 10. The club role § 19 is "Salmon in One". That means you had to buy salmon dinner with champagne to everybody on the court.