Rail & Hike by Arctic Train
16 June 2023 - 9 September 2023
Narvik is a gem for anyone interested in fascinating history and beautiful nature and the Arctic Train brings you to the doortstep of the best experiences. This day trip combines a ride along the fantastic Ofot Line and a hike along the historical Navies’ Road from station to station. The roundtrip goes through a stunning Arctic Scenery with the most fascinating history. Tie your walking shoes and get out on an exciting excursion!
The Arctic Train
The first leg of the trip is a one-hour train ride from along the Ofot Line. The ride takes you from Narvik by the fjord, through an unpoilt Arctic landscape, to Bjørnfjell next to the Swedish border. 523 mas. Download the Voice of Norway app before boarding the train and listen to the audio guide. On the trip you can learn about the extremely challenging construction work and the dramatic Battle of Narvik during the Second World War.
The Navvies Road
Building the Ofot railway was an extremely challenging task. The rough terrain and harsh climate made it one of the most impressive feats of engineering in Norwegian history. Before building the actual line, they built a construction road in order to make it easier to transport materials into the mountains. Hike in the footsteps of the navvies’ on this path through virtually untouched Arctic nature with waterfalls, alpine terrain and wild valleys. You will pass historical sites where battles were fought at the beginning of the Second World War and several remnants of the railway construction. The distance from Bjørnfjell to Katterat is 11 kilometers. If you want a shorter option it is possible to exit the Train at Søsterbekk station. The hiking distance from Søsterbekk is 6 kilometer. Contact the staff on board.
The hike ends up at the Katterat in beatuful surroundings with the station building dating from from 1921 and the old railway workshop 1902. Next to the railway line is “Katteratgubben”, a four-metre-tall rock formation that resembles a man – looking over the valley below. This impressive geological formation weighs approx. 10 tons and balances on just a small rock. Enjoy the area while waiting for your afternoon train departure back to Narvik.
- 11:40 Departure Narvik Station
- 13:00 Arrival Bjørnfjell Station
- 11 kilometer Hike to Katterat
- 18:40 Departure Katterat
- 19:15 Arrival Narvik
Meeting point: Narvik Station, Stasjonsveien 1, 8514 narvik
Meeting point return: Katterat Train Station 18:40
Parking at Narvik Station
suitable clothes and hiking shoes
Food and water