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Lights from the Arctic Train on the Ofot Railway illuminate the landscape while stopping in the mountains  in the late evening by the Rombaksfjord
The silhouette of a woman as she stands on top of a mountain late at night by the Ofot railway overlooking the Rombaksfjord
The Arctic Train passing a small red cabin on the Ofot Railway, travelling towards Narvik with the Rombaksfjord and mountains in the background
The red Katterat station building on the Ofot Railway in beautiful autumn colours with blue sky and mountains in the background
A young couple looking out of the carriage window on the Arctic Train as it passes a viewpoint overlooking the Rombaksfjord
Blurry man wearing a blue hat and jacket standing next to a World War II German memorial plaque in a forest by the Ofot Railway
Diorama of the navvy life on the Ofot Railway during its construction in the early 19th century
The blue three-carriage Arctic Train winds its way up the mountain in autumn with the calm Rombaksfjord far below in Narvik, Norway
An unforgettable journey

The Arctic Train

The 43-kilometer-long Ofoten Line extends from the Port of Narvik to the Swedish border and is Norway's northernmost railway. On this stretch, the Arctic Train moves through a unique, beautiful, and changing landscape from fjords to high mountains. In this landscape, there is more than nature that is experienced as dramatic. Several historical events form a dramatic backdrop for the experience.

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A young couple on board the Arctic Train looking out of the window and down into a deep riverbed 300 metres below.

An unforgettable journey

Travelling through a historical, beautiful and wild landscape with mighty mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls, you will be blessed with jaw-dropping views of the Arctic fjord. In order to ensure that you get the most out of your trip, the train makes several stops along the way.

Close up of the front of the blue and grey Arctic Train locomotive as it waits on the Ofot Railway on a mountain pass with the sea below

The Ofoten Line

The Ofoten Line was built to ensure access to an ice-free port in order to export the rich iron ore deposits from Northern Sweden. Construction took place from the late 19th century and into the early 20th century and faced extreme challenges in terms of climate and logistics. A total of more than 5,000 people were involved in the construction of the railway line. Iitinerant workers, so-called navvies, sought the happiness of what appeared to be a European “Klondike”. The myths and legends about the navvy culture are colourful and exciting.

The Arctic Train standing at Katterat station as three people in hiking gear disembark onto the gravel path

Dramatic history

It’s not only the scenery surrounding along the line that is dramatic. The historical events associated with the construction of the railway at the end of the 19th century and also Second World War events in 1940 provide some , a dramatic backdrop to the Arctic Train experience.

During World War II, the Ofoten Railway was once again the centre of historical events . As an export route for Europe’s largest and most important iron ore deposits, it was important to control the railway line. Thus, a large part of the Battle of Narvik took place in close proximity to the railway. An automatic audio guide system ensures that you get involved in the exciting history.

Photo: Lapland Resorts | Riksgränsen

Timetable & Stations

The Arctic Train - Timetable 2020/2021.pdf

The Arctic Train - Timetable April 2021.pdf

Stations until 1st March 2021: Narvik-Bjørnefjell-Narvik                  

Note! Due to present Covid-19 restrictions Riksgränsen is unfortunately not available at present moment. This is continuously evaluated and will open as soon as government on both side of border allow this.

Tickets & Prices

Tickets can be purchased at Narvik Train Station or onboard the train. Our staff are available 30 mins. before our departures. For group bookings, please contact our Visitor Center

Ticket Prices  
Adult 520 NOK
Children (4 – 15 yrs.) 260 NOK
Children (0 – 4 yrs.) Free of charge
Groups over 10 pax (until 30.04.2021) 455 NOK p.p.
Other Prices  
Dogs 150 NOK
Bicycle 150 NOK

Contact

Can we help you with anything? We are happy to hear from you. For general questions, please contact our Visitor Center

Our offices are located at Narvik Railway Station. Stop by or use the contact info below to reach us.

The Arctic Train
Narvik Railway Station
Stasjonsveien 1
8514 Narvik
NORWAY

Facts Ofoten Line

  • Ofototen Line total lenght. Narvik harbour - Riksgränsen | 43 (42.66) km
  • Arctic Train. Narvik Harbour - Bjørnefjell | 36.72 km
  • Number of train stations/stops perosnal transport | 5
  • Number of tunnels | 20
  • Official opening of the Ofoten Line | 14 July 1903
  • Total tonnage of goods on the Ofoten Line annually | 15.9 million tons

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