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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.
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.
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.
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.
In Abisko you can enjoy a short walk directly, from the train station exploring the beautiful National Park in your own tempo. Available all year. The trails are clearly marked with different colours taking you through the canyon, "The shore"-Torneträsk, Sweden´s seventh largest lake, The Bird Hill, overlooking the bird sanctuary and The Sami camp, a reconstruction of life in autumn and spring.
The different places are designed to make you see and learn something new about the area, culture, and nature. For best wheel-chair access follow the yellow marked trail.
Enjoy this great and picturesque walk to a picnic spot with benches and wheel-chair access fireplaces. In the Abisko Visitor centre you can get information about different guided tours in the area, buy souvenirs and a enjoy a cold or warm meal.
Stations: Narvik-Abisko-Narvik (Autumn 2022: Narvik-Bjørnfjell-Narvik)
Distances from Narvik Station:
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
|Children (4 – 15 yrs.)||163 NOK|
|Children (0 – 4 yrs.)||Free of charge|
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The Arctic Train
Narvik Railway Station