The landscape around the Ofotfjorden is one of Norway’s wildest and most rugged fjord landscapes, with sheer-walled mountains soaring up to 1500 metres out of the waters of the fjord. The slim hanging bridges glide elegantly into the landscape.no rway’s national mountain, the anvil-shaped 1392-metre high Mount Stetind, towers above the fjord landscape south of Narvik.
Historic war landscape
One of the first battles of World War II was fought over Narvik, important as a port from which iron ore was shipped. Streiftog in the historic landscape of the war years comprises not only the krigsminnemuseet (War Museum) in Narvik, but the entire area round the town, as well as the calm of the Fredskapellet (Chapel of Peace) and by the manende minnesmerkene. It is possible to dive down to some of the wrecks of the ships that were sunk on 9 April 1940 in Narvik harbour.
The compact but major town of Narvik, with its historic iron ore port in the midst of the fjord landscape, can be viewed from a height of 600 metres from the Fjellheisen cable car and on guided tours of the town, held daily. Your can learn about the industry on which Narvik’s existence was based on a tour of the export facilities for the iron ore from the Swedish mountains and at the Ofoten Museum.
Ofotbanen is one of Norway’s shortest, but also most dramatic, stretches of railway. On the Norwegian side of the border, the track goes in airy sections between forest, mountain and fjord as the train climbs steadily towards the border. Abisko, by the Torneträsk lake on the Swedish side, lies in a wide, open landscape of forests and mountain plateau.
As the return trip to Narvik is of course all downhill, you can just as well walk! The Rallarvegen walking route follows in the tracks of the migrant workers who built the railway before 1900, including the legendary “Svarta Bjørn” (“Black Bear”), the female cook and only woman among the hundreds of male workers. Or you can hire a cycle and ride down. As a rather more relaxing alternative, why not try a fjord cruise on the Rombaksfjorden, and enjoy delicious fresh shrimp on deck…
Narvik welcomes families, and offers free entry to many attractions in the summer. See the bears in the Polar Zoo in Bardu north of Narvik, or go horse-riding Western style on the Arctic Ranch. Pleasant Narvik summers are even better with a dip in the heated pool at Ballangen Camping.
Museum Nord (Museum of the North) in Ballangen tells the story of the extensive mining industry in Ballangen. Twice daily you can see a man-made geysir gushing up, driven by pure energy and gravity in a power station.
Outdoor life landscape
While it is true that Nature is raw around Narvik, it is also easy to get out into the countryside. Mountain-biking down Narvik’s 900-metre high Alpine skiing slope will really get the adrenaline pumping. Fishing for mountain trout in quiet mountain lakes has the opposite effect, though. The most spectacular views, on other hand, are to be had from a short, intense helicopter tour over fjord and mountains. The 18-hole golf course in Skjomen is open 24 hours a day in summer, and enjoys a dramatic location by the side of the fjord.
Narvik link landscape
Read more about Narvik on the website of the Tourist Information