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The Arctic Train passing a small red cabin on the Ofot Railway, travelling towards Narvik with the Rombaksfjord 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
The silhouette of a woman as she stands on top of a mountain late at night by the Ofot railway overlooking the Rombaksfjord
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 red Katterat station building on the Ofot Railway in beautiful autumn colours with blue sky and mountains in the background
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

The Arctic Train

The 43-kilometer-long Ofoten Line extends from the Port of Narvik in Norway to Kiruna in Sweden and is Norway's northernmost railway. On this stretch, between Narvik and Abisko across the Swedish border, the Arctic Train moves through a unique, beautiful, and changing landscape from fjords to high alpine terrain. In this landscape, there is more than nature that is perceived 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 the historical, beautiful and wild landscape from Narvik in Norway to Abisko in Sweden with mighty mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls, you will be blessed with jaw-dropping views of the Arctic fjord and mountains. In order to ensure that you get the most out of your trip, the train makes several stops along the way. Download the audio guide app "Voice of Norway" to hear the stories of the places you pass.

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

On the train journey you will get close encounters with the railway’s interesting history. In addition to the challenging construction, events from the battle of Narvik in Spring 1940 form a dramatic backdrop to the railway line.

In a time of war, access to iron ore is crucial and in the winter of 1940 all eyes were set on Narvik and Ofot Line in order to secure the iron ore coming from Northern Sweden. The battle of Narvik between the Nazis and the Allied forces lasted for 62 days and a large part of it was fought in the vicinity of the railway line. Use the audio guide mobile app "Voice of Norway" to get involved in the historic events of the places you pass by.

Lapland Resorts | Riksgränsen

Timetable, Stations & Distances

Distances from Narvik Station:       

  • Narvik harbour: 1,9 kilometres
  • Narvik Gondola: 2,3 kilometres
  • Narvik War Museum: 800 metres
  • Scandic Narvik: 1 kilometres
  • Quality Hotel Grand Royal: 400 metres

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


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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

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 personal transport | 5
  • Number of tunnels | 20
  • Official opening of the Ofoten Line | 14 July 1903
  • Total tonnage of goods on the Ofoten Line annually | 23 million tons

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