Founded in 1903, Narvik is a relatively new city but still offers a fascinating history. Located north of the Arctic Circle, the city's harbour is surprisingly ice-free, however, there are still a number of stunning Arctic sights to see, including the Narvikfjellet Mountain.
Although over 400km north of the Arctic Circle, Narvik’s harbour is ice-free and in use all year as a port for iron ore exports.[ReadMoreMob] Although inhabited since prehistoric times, the town was not established until 1903 when the Ofoten Railway was
completed. The line is a tourist attraction in itself, running 42km through magnificent scenery to the Swedish border. A cable car ride from the centre of town to the viewpoint on the Narvikfjellet Mountain gives fabulous views over the Ofotfjord and surrounding area.
Close to the town centre is the Ofoten Museum, with displays of local history including 5,000-year-old rock carvings. The Nordland Red Cross War Memorial Museum commemorates the occupation of Narvik in the Second World War. Narvik Church is a fine example of Scandinavian architecture, with a painted altar piece by Eilif Pettersen, while the northernmost animal park, Polar Park, is worth a look.
The Ofoten Railway is a 43 kilometre (26 miles) long railway that runs between the port of Narvik and the Swedish border Riksgransen where the line continues into Sweden. The line opened in 1888 to accommodate transporting the iron ore from the mountains to the port. Some refer to Ofotbanen as one of the most spectacular railway lines in the world.
Meet the natural predators of the Arctic – wolves, bears, wolverine and lynx – as well as other animals from the polar fauna in one of the animal parks at Polar Park. Polar Park is the northernmost animal park in the world and is located in the heart of the Salangsdalen Valley. The park is based on exhibiting animals in their natural surroundings, which means each species is provided with plenty of room to roam.
World War II History
Battles of Narvik were fought from 9 April to 8 June 1940 as a naval battle in the Ofotfjord and as a land battle in the mountains surrounding the north Norwegian city of Narvik as part of the Norwegian Campaign of the Second World War. Narvik War Museum is a modern and new war museum with architectonical and interactive experiences, where northern Norway’s war history is gathered under one roof.
Cruises to Narvik
Departs: Newcastle • Wed 18 Mar 2020
11 nights • Balmoral • L2002
- Five days of unforgettable Arctic exploration filled with spectacular scenery, jaw-dropping wonders and incredible experiences feature on this 11-night itinerary, thanks to Newcastle’s convenient proximity to Norway.
- You’ll visit Narvik for an opportunity to encounter Arctic wildlife such as bears, lynx and reindeer at the Polar Park; spend two days in Alta, with time to visit the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta Museum and more; stop at Tromsø, with its iconic Arctic Cathedral; and take in beautiful Bodø.
- During your extended stay in Alta – considered one of the best places on earth to see the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis – you might be lucky enough to see Mother Nature’s magnificent light display in all its colourful glory, too.
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Departs: Southampton • Wed 18 Nov 2020
13 nights • Balmoral • L2029
- Revel in the early winter wonders of Northern Norway – you can get closer to dramatic landscapes, experience exhilarating adventures and even go in search of the spellbinding Northern Lights.
- Visiting Narvik affords opportunities to embark on a thrilling husky-sled ride or see Arctic wildlife at the Polar Park, while Tromsø’s attractions include Mount Storsteinen and the Arctic Cathedral.
- Stopping overnight at Alta could be the highlight of your holiday as, with luck on your side, you may get to witness the colourful, awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis illuminating the clear night sky.
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Departs: Southampton • Tue 16 Feb 2021
13 nights • Balmoral • L2104
- Exploring Arctic Norway in the winter, you’ll revel in the jaw-dropping scenes and seasonal beauty of Europe’s northernmost region at the most magical time of the year to visit.
- You can enjoy an array of authentic wintertime experiences, including a husky-sled ride through sparking snow-covered landscapes and a chance to explore the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.
- The icing on the cake will be a chance to witness the astounding Northern Lights. Stopping overnight at Alta, you may – if you’re lucky – see Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring light show illuminate the night sky.
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Departs: Newcastle • Tue 16 Mar 2021
8 nights • Balmoral • L2107
- Be captivated from start to finish on a very special, shorter-than-usual exploration of Northern Norway, as you unearth an abundance of Arctic attractions with visits Narvik, Tromsø and Bodø.
- Experience the unerring quiet and beauty of Arctic wildness on authentic husky sledding tours; see Arctic wildlife up-close at the Polar Nature Park; visit the iconic Arctic Cathedral; and much more.
- In between your time ashore, you’ll spend unforgettable evenings on board Balmoral seeking out the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis, Mother Nature’s spectacular, multi-coloured light show.
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