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Narvik is a city in northern Norway. The town of Narvik has a population of about 14000, while the entire municipality has a population of about 18000. The city is located along the southern shore of the Ofot Fjord, and is the centre of the Ofoten district.
The modern city was founded in 1902. It grew up as an important ice-free port for Swedish iron ore exports. During and after the German invasion of Norway, Narvik was the scene of fierce battles between allied and German forces, and the war museum commemorates the events of 1940. Today, the city offers several outdoor activities, in particular alpine skiing is possible in the mountains around Narvik.
There are two airports which serve Narvik.
The larger of the two airports is the Harstad/Narvik Evenes airport, also serving the city of Harstad. The airport has several direct flights daily to Oslo. Flights are also operated to Trondheim, Bodø and Tromsø, and there are occasional charter flights as well. The airport is 75 km from Narvik, and a journey by car takes over an hour. Airport buses run between Narvik and Evenes airport taking 75 minutes.
Narvik is the terminus of the Malmbane railway line from the Swedish towns of Kiruna, Boden and Luleå. There are two day trains along the line. Narvik has no connections to the rest of the Norwegian rail network that ends at Bodø, 150 km south of Narvik. It is however possible to book rail plus bus tickets from southern Norway.
One can travel from Fauske to Narvik by bus. The trip is quite scenic and takes about 5 hours.
Narvik is a compact city which is easy to navigate. Tourist info office is on the main street, and the railway station is easy to find as well.
If flying in from Oslo Gardemoen to Harstad/Narvik/Evenes airport west of Narvik, a one-hour bus transit is available right to the town centre.
Narvik has a local bus service with routes to neighborhoods outside the centre, including Ankenes, Framnes, and Beisfjord.
What to see
War Memorial Museum, Cablecar to the top of Fagernesfjellet.
Narvik Church, located in town.
What to do
Ski: Narvikfjellet ski resorts offers views of the fjord as you ski down the slopes.
Link Klatepark: fun climbing park through treetops, open all year round.
Scuba diving: Explore and dive in wrecks from WW2