Narvik and the Ofotbanen Railway
Trip Start Jun 26, 2007
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The town was rebuilt following the war, although large parts of the town can look ugly, the surrounding countryside of fjords, forests and mountain country borders certainly compensates.
One of the highlights of Narvik is the Ofotbanen railway. A journey that takes you up in to the mountains alongside the fjord sided cliff, birch forests and rocky plateau. Once you reach the border you can walk back towards Narvik following the Rallarveien, a popular hike that is along the old Navvy trail (Navvy were labourers that helped transport the iron from Kiruna to Narvik and the construction of the railway) that runs parallel to the railway line. Definitely a must, as you get to walk from the border through mountains, rivers and forest, all the way to the fjord in 3-4 hours. Just don't forget your insect repellent as there are lots of mosquitoes by the river who will eat you alive.
Other highlights include the view from the 656 m high hill, overlooking Narvik. You can take the cable car, 70 NoK or walk up the long winding road. Other than a few museums, there isn't alot to do here. Be very wary about camping at Narvik camping as it is right beside the E6 (main road) and the rail way track, however you may bump into Miles Roddis (Author of the Lonely Planet for Norway) here.
Also happy as i have now seen my first sunset in about two week on the 16th July shortly before midnight. Next the ferry to the scenic Lofoten Islands.