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Hiking trail signs along Rallarveien and the Ofot railway
Two people looking out of the window from the Arctic Train towards Rombaken
A group of hikers standing around a guide at a bunker on the Navvies Road
View of Rombaken fjord and the surrounding mountains outside Narvik in summer.
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The Arctic Train on the Ofot line above Rombaken.

The Arctic Train, Hiking & Fjord Cruise

This is a real kinder egg of a half day excursion from Narvik, and a must for everyone interested in history. The trip starts with a train ride with the Arctic Train on the Ofot Line, continues 6,5 kilometres by foot on the Navvies Road (Rallarveien), and ends with a scenic fjord cruise through the Rombak fjord back to Narvik.

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A group of hikers walking on line on a path below a red house by Katterat station.

Historical half day trip by train, walk and fjord cruise

Narvik is a gem for everyone interested in exciting history and beautiful nature. On this excursion you get to experience it all, and it is as fun for children as it is interesting for adults. Starting with a train ride with Arctic Train on Norway’s northernmost railway, continuing 6,5 kilometres downhill on Rallarveien by foot, and ending with a relaxing boat trip back to Narvik. Along the tour you can learn about the almost impossible construction work and the dramatic battle of Narvik during Second World War via the Voice of Norway-app and information boards.

If you want to walk the full length of the Rallarveien road, which actually crosses Norway, it is possible on a full day trip.

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Period: 19 June - 21 August 2021

Included: The Arctic Train and Fjord Cruise Narvik

Program:

  • 12:00: Departure from Narvik by Arctic Train
  • 12:55: Arrival at Katterat station
  • 13:00 - 16:00: Walking to Rombaksbotn
  • 16:20: Departure from Rombaksbotn by Fjord Cruise Narvik
  • 17:30: Arrival at Narvik harbour
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A man and a woman looking at Rombaken towards Narvik from the Arctic Train

The Arctic Train

The Arctic Train opened in 2020 and makes it easier to explore the Ofot Railway line and the beautiful Arctic landscape between Narvik and the Swedish border. This tour starts by train from Narvik station, and you can choose to enjoy the full ride to Bjørnfjell, which allows you to follow the whole railway history on audio guide. In case, you return from Bjørnfjell to Katterat station where you start hiking. The other option is to go directly to Katterat station from Narvik, which give you 30 more minutes on the hike down to Rombaksbotn.

At Katterat Station you are met by the pretty, red station building from 1921. Next to the railway tracks you see “Katteratgubben”, a four-meter-tall rock formation that looks like a man that looks over the valley below. The impressive geological formation weighs approx. 10 tons and balances on just a small rock.

A group of hikers walking on Rallarveien between bare trees with autumn sun behind.

Hiking the Navvies Road

To start your hike to Rombaksbotn, look for the signs and walk past the few buildings that remains here. Until the 1960 Katterat station had a small population living here year-round, but today the houses are used as cabins and lodges.

The Navvies Road, Rallarveien in Norwegian, was constructed to make it easier to transport materials from the fjord to the mountains in relation to building the railway in the late 19th century. From Rombaksbotn it continues all the way into Sweden and further to Kiruna. It got its name from the construction workers, who were called Navvies (Rallarer) and made a living out of working on various railway projects in Norway and Sweden.

The section from Katterat is only 6,5 kilometres long and easy to walk, but we urge you to take your time. You will pass plenty of historical sites and remnants of almost forgotten times, and information boards will give you more information about what you see. The interesting history is, however, not the only reason to go. The rough landscape changes quickly and you will walk through wild valleys, along the pretty river, and see several waterfalls plunging down the mountain sides.

Rombaken in sunny weather. Rombak bridge in front and mountains around.
© Michael Ulriksen

Boat trip from Rombaksbotn back to Narvik

Rombaksbotn has one of Norway’s shortest and weirdest city histories. During the railway construction period from 1898 to 1903 it developed into a vibrant small city with everything from grocery stores and hotels to bowling a police station. And not to forget a brothel run by two sisters. After the railway was opened people moved to newly established Narvik city or went off to other construction sites. In 1903 there was a large fire that destroyed most of the city, and today there are only foundations left.

The last leg of the trip is by boat back to Narvik. From the boat you can see and learn about the naval battles that took place on the fjord at the beginning of World War Two. Nazi-Germany lost as much as 47% of its fleet of destroyers here, and you can still see the remains of the destroyer Georg Thiele peaking up from the fjord.

After 1 hour and 10 minutes you are back in Narvik, this time at Narvik harbour.

An eagly flying with a seagull behind.
© Michael Ulriksen

Option 1: The full train experience

  • 12:00: Departure from Narvik by Arctic Train
  • 13:07: Arrival at Bjørnfjell
  • 13:15: Departure from Bjørnfjell 
  • 13:30: Arrival at Katterat station
  • 13:30 - 16:00: Walking to Rombaksbotn
  • 16:20: Departure from Rombaksbotn by Fjord Cruise Narvik
  • 17:30: Arrival at Narvik harbour

Option 2: More time for hiking

  • 12:00: Departure from Narvik by Arctic Train
  • 12:55: Arrival at Katterat station
  • 13:00 - 16:00: Walking to Rombaksbotn
  • 16:20: Departure from Rombaksbotn by Fjord Cruise Narvik
  • 17:30: Arrival at Narvik harbour

Practical information:

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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