Hiking the Navvies’ Road (Rallarveien)
From Bjørnfjell station the trip continues on foot along the approx. 15-kilometre construction road, Rallarveien, down to Rombaksbotn by the fjord. The road is more of path than a road, but it is relatively easy to hike, even for families.
Building the Ofot railway was an extremely challenging task. The rough terrain and harsh climate made it one of the most impressive feats of engineering in Norwegian history. Hundreds of construction workers were involved in building the line, many of whom were Swedish and Norwegian labourers, called Navvies, who travelled from one construction site to the next. Before building the actual line, they built a construction road In order to make it easier to transport materials into the mountains. This is the road that we now call Rallarveien, the Navvies’ Road, and is similar to the Rallarvegen by the Bergen Line in Western Norway.
The path runs through virtually untouched Arctic nature with waterfalls, alpine terrain and wild valleys. You will pass historical sites where battles were fought at the beginning of the Second World War, for example, at the Norddalsbrua bridge. You will also see remnants of the railway construction, such as an old power plant and a cableway. Read more on the information boards along the way.