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A blue and grey locomotive above Rombaken fjord. Cloudy sky above.
A group of people sitting inside a gondola car at Narvikfjellet.
A wolf staring into the camera. Green grass and a tree trunk behind.
Two people looking out a window towards fjord and mountains on the Arctic Train.
Six people standing on Narvikfjellet, looking over the Ofotfjord and mountains.
A group of men hiking on Rallarveien outside Narvik in autumn.
A family of four standing by a replica of a war ship in Narvik War Museum.
Drone view city of Narvik in sunny weather.

Autumn holiday in Narvik

Arctic Narvik is a destination perfect for short-breaks and long weekend getaways. Continue reading to find out why you should book an autumn holiday to this Northern-Norwegian city.

Four women taking a group selfie on Narvikfjellet. The Ofotfjord and snowy mountains in the background.

Eventful autumn days in exciting Narvik

Narvik got something to offer for everyone. Surrounded by beautiful Arctic nature, with a highly interesting war history, and a wide variety of activities and experiences, Narvik is a destination suitable for a family holiday, a getaway with friends or a weekend with your significant other.

Continue reading for our suggested itinerary and book now or add Narvik to your list of future destinations to visit.

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Drone view of Narvik city. The Ofotfjord in front, snow-capped mountains behind. Blue sky.

Day 1: Arrival to Narvik

Narvik is centrally located by road E6 in Nordland county. You get here by plane to Harstad/Narvik airport, by car, or by bus from for example Tromsø.

Upon arrival, check into Quality Hotel Grand Royal in the middle of Narvik centre. The hotel has comfortable rooms in various categories and a good food scene with two different restaurants: Rallar’n Pub & Kro and Linken Restaurant & Bar.

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Two children sitting by an exhibition of war helmets at Narvik War museum. Pink wall and a tanks behind them.

The battle of Narvik

Narvik has a significant part in Norway’s second world war history, and a visit to Narvik War Museum is a great way to start your time here. The battle of Narvik lasted for 62 days in total and included both Norwegian, British, Polish, and French forces. The battle led to the Nazi’s first proper defeat in meeting with the Allies.

At Narvik War Museum, you get to learn everything you need to know about the battles in and around Narvik, but also more about how World War ll unfolded in the rest of Northern-Norway. In addition, the museum addresses war in a larger perspective, and raises questions which makes most start thinking. The app Baahdy & Birdy makes the museum experience fun for the young ones too.

After a visit to the museum, wind down with a good meal and something to drink in Rallar’n Pub & Kro on the hotel’s ground floor.

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A blue and grey locomotive on railway tracks above a fjord. Mountains around and grey clouds above.

Day 2: Ride with the Arctic Train

After a solid breakfast and a relaxing morning, it is time to get out of town for the afternoon. Narvik station is only a short walk from the hotel, and here we recommend you buy some of their tasty, packed baguettes, wraps and/or baked goods and drinks to bring with you on your upcoming adventure before embarking the Arctic Train.

Next stop is Bjørnfjell station near the Swedish border. On the ride there, you should listen to the free audio guide on the app Voice of Norway. This will give you better insights to the places you pass and historical events which have taken place along the railway. You will also pass places you learnt about in the museum the day before.

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Two people walking on a gravel path in the mountains outside Narvik.

Hiking through Arctic nature

The Arctic Train is operating on the Ofot line. In addition to the interesting war history, you will get a good perception of how one of the world’s toughest railway constructions were built to secure an ice-free port to ship Northern-Sweden's large iron ore reserves.

At Bjørnfjell station you can disembark the train and walk back to Katterat station along the Navvies’ Road, Rallarveien, instead of just a return trip by train. The walk is approx. 10 kilometres, and the trail is signposted all the way and easy to walk.

In addition to being a scenic walk, you will experience the history close by. The old gravel road was initially built to easier carry equipment into the mountains for the railway construction in the late 19th century, and today will you find information boards on historically interesting sites along the road.

At Katterat station you wait for the next train back to Narvik. If you are coming in summer, you can continue all the way down to the fjord at Rombaksbotn and get on a boat from there to Narvik port.

Combine train and hike

The profile of a lynx with green background in Polar Park.

Day 3: Visit the animals at Polar Park

Polar Park is the world’s northernmost animal park, inhabited by most of the larger Norwegian animal species such as lynx, wolf, bear, moose, and reindeer. On Saturdays and Sundays in low season you can join predator guiding at 13:00, which gives you even better chances to see the rare animals while also learning more about them. Predator guiding is available every day in the summer months.

The animal park is located in Bardu, approx. 45 minutes' drive from Narvik centre, and the easiest way to get here is by car. By the entrance you will find a café and souvenir shop, as well as an activity area for kids where you also can test your lasso throwing skills.

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A Narvikfjellet cable car cabin filled with a group of people above the Ofotfjord. Mountains with snow patches behind.

A bird’s eye view of Narvik

Back in Narvik, more adventures await. Narvik Cable Car take you up to the Narvikfjellet Restaurant, 656 masl, with panoramic views over the city and the Ofotfjord. The restaurant is open within the cable car’s opening hours, and a nice place to stop by for lunch or dinner.

The gondola is also a great starting point for hikes with spectacular views. For example, you can walk up to mt. Linken (1006 masl) or even further to mt. Tredjetoppen (1272 masl).

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Drone view of Reine village, islets and tall, rugged peaks with low clouds above in Lofoten.

Combine with a visit to Lofoten

The Lofoten archipelago is only approx. 3 hours' drive away and perfect to combine with a trip to Narvik. In Lofoten you can for example stay in traditional fishermen’s huts in Reine or Nyvågar, explore the coast from a kayak or a fast RIB boat or join a fishing trip. The small, yet urban, fishing village Henningsvær offers cosy hotel rooms and attractive adventures.

Explore our suggestion to a 5 days Arctic experience to Narvik and Lofoten by car here.