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Flåm AS has become Norway’s best.
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!
The area surrounding Narvik with its fascinating Arctic landscape and mountainous terrain are made for hiking. When you add the region’s extremely interesting history, you get something for everyone. Which is exactly what this package offer: A beautiful train ride with the Arctic Train, hiking on the old construction road along the railway, and a relaxing and scenic fjord cruise as the perfect ending.
Walking the full length of the construction road will take you back in time, both to the period around 1900 when the railway was built and to the first days and months of the Second World War. If you believe 15 kilometres are a bit too far to walk, opt for walking from Katterat station instead.
Included: Tickets to the Arctic Train and Fjord Cruise Narvik
The first leg of the tour goes by railway from Narvik station to Bjørnfjell by the Swedish border. From the fjord to high mountains, the Arctic Train will take you through the unspoilt, beautiful landscape in an area full of history.
The Ofot line was built at the turn of 19th and 20th century to provide access to an ice-free port for to ship iron ore from Sweden. As iron is crucial during war times the railway was important to control, which led to the German attack on Norway 9th of April 1940. The following battle of Narvik was fought in the railway’s proximity and from the train you will see places where events took place. Download the Voice of Norway app before boarding the train and follow its history on audio guide.
From Bjørnfjell station the tour continues by foot on the almost 15-kilometre-long construction road, Rallarveien, down to Rombaksbotn by the fjord. The road is more of a path than a road, but it is relatively easy to walk and possible to complete even for families.
Building the Ofot railway was extremely challenging. The rough terrain and harsh climate made it one of the most impressive engineering projects in Norwegian history. Hundreds of construction workers participated, and many of these were Swedish and Norwegian labourers called Navvies which travelled from construction site to construction site. Before building the actual railway line, they built a construction road to easier transport materials into the mountains. This is the road we today call Rallarveien, the Navvies Road, and is similar to Rallarvegen by the Bergen line in southern Norway.
The path goes through almost untouched Arctic nature with waterfalls, alpine terrain and wild valleys. Last, but not least, you will walk past historical places where battles were fought in the beginning of the second world war, for instance at the Norddalsbrua bridge. You will also see remnants of the railway construction, like an old power plant and a zipline. Read more on all the information boards along the route.
When you reach Rombaksbotn, where The Navvies Road ends, you can walk around the remnant of the once lively small city during the railway construction while you wait to embark on Fjord Cruise Narvik. Or maybe a refreshing dip in the fjord looks tempting?
The fjord cruise takes you through Rombaken fjord back to Narvik. During the 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 a pursuit of a strategic control of the coastline and the railway. There are several destroyers which sunk during those dramatic times, and it is still possible to spot the remains of Georg Thiele destroyer in Rombaksbotn. The Voice of Norway app will give you an interesting insight in the stories of the past.
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.