Hiking the Navvies’ Road
When you start hiking to Rombaksbotn, look for the signs and walk past the few remaining buildings here. Until 1960, Katterat station had a small permanent population. However, these days the houses are used as cabins and lodges.
The Navvies’ Road, or Rallarveien in Norwegian, was built to make it easier to transport materials from the fjord to the mountains in order to construct 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 from working on various railway projects in Norway and Sweden.
The section from Katterat is only 6.5 kilometres long and is easy to walk, but you should take your time. You will pass many historical sites and remnants from forgotten times – and information boards will provide you with further information. However, the interesting history is not the only reason to take this trip. The rough landscape changes quickly and you will walk through wild valleys, along a pretty river and see several waterfalls plunging down the mountain sides.