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The Arctic Train on the Ofot line above Rombaken
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View of Rombaken fjord in sunny weather. Mountains and surrounding forest.
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Hike across Norway with the Arctic Train

This is the perfect day trip from Narvik for everyone interested in hiking, history and beautiful Arctic scenery. The package combines a ride with the Arctic Train on Norway’s northernmost railway, hiking on the historical Navvies' Road, and an interesting boat trip through the Rombaken fjord back to Narvik. Tie your walking shoes and get out on an exciting excursion!

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Hike across Norway through historical terrain

The area surrounding Narvik with its stunning Arctic landscape and mountainous terrain is perfect for hiking. When you add the region’s fascinating history, there is something for everyone. What this package offers: A beautiful train ride on the Arctic Train, hiking along the old construction road by the side of the railway, and a relaxing and scenic fjord cruise as a perfect end to the day.

Along the construction road you will be taken back in time, to both the period around 1900 when the railway was built and to the first days and months of the Second World War. If you think 15 kilometres is a bit too far to hike, opt for the and hike from Katterat station instead.

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Period: 

  • 19 Jun - 22 Aug: Saturdays

Included: Tickets to the Arctic Train and Fjord Cruise Narvik

Schedule:

  • 09:10: Departure from Narvik Station with the Arctic Train
  • 10:15: Arrival at Bjørnfjell station
  • 5-6 hours: Hike the full lenght of Rallarveien, 16 kilometres
  • 16:20: Depature from Rombaksbotn by fjord cruise 
  • 17:30: Arrival at Narvik harbour
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The Arctic Train

The first leg of the trip is by train from Narvik to Bjørnfjell by the Swedish border. From the fjord to the high mountains, the Arctic Train will take you through an unspoilt and beautiful landscape. an area full of history.

The Ofot line was built at the turn of 19th century to provide access to an ice-free port in order to ship iron ore from Sweden. As iron ore is crucial for the armaments industry, it was important to control the railway, which led to the German invasion of Norway on 9 April 1940. The subsequent Battle of Narvik was fought close to the railway and from the train you can see various places where war events took place. Download the Voice of Norway app before boarding the train and listen to the audio guide.

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.

View of the Rombak fjord. Blue sky, a bridge, forest and mountains.
© Michael Ulriksen

Fjord Cruise Narvik

When you reach Rombaksbotn, where the Navvies’ Road ends, you can walk around the remains of the once lively settlement that was built when the railway was being constructed – while waiting to embark on Fjord Cruise Narvik. Or perhaps you would like a refreshing dip in the fjord?

The fjord cruise takes you through Rombaken fjord and back to Narvik. During World War II, the fjord was a scene of several naval battles between the Nazis and the Allies, as the German Kriegsmarine attacked the Norwegian port in its pursuit of strategic control of the coastline and the railway. Several destroyers were sunk during these dramatic battles and it is still possible to see the remains of the destroyer, Georg Thiele, in Rombaksbotn. The Voice of Norway app will give you an interesting insight into stories from the past.

Program:

  • 09:10: Departure by Arctic Train from Narvik
  • 10:15: Arrival at Bjørnfjell Station
  • 10:30 - 16:00: Hike Bjørnfjell to Rombaksbotn (14,7 km). 
  • 16:20: Departure by fjord cruise from Rombaksbotn
  • 17:30: Arrival at Narvik Habour

Practical information:

Available: 

  • 19 Jun - 22 Aug: Saturdays

Meeting place: Narvik Station

Bring clothes according to the weather, food, water, and hiking shoes. 

Available to all with normal physical health. Not accessable for wheel chairs. 

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