Norlandia Narvik Hotell
Skistuaveien 8, Postboks 389, Narvik, Nordland, 8505, Norway
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We will stay in Abisko from 20 to 23 March and would like to visit Narvik, too. I have some questions concerning the transportation:
1. We would like to go by train from Abisko to Narvik. Does the Ofoten Railway operate in this periode of the year? If not, the "official", SJ trains run also in a beautiful scenery?
2. How can we get to the Lofoten Islands? By bus or by boat? Where can I find timetables?
3. I heard about mountain lift in Narvik. Is it operating now?
Thanks so much for your answers.
Best, Orsi from Hungary, Budapest
Re: narvik transportation
1. The Ofoten Railway is a railtrack, not a company. All trains, SJ or Veolia or any other (if any) travel on the same railtrack. I confirm the trip is very scenic.
2. There are boats and ferries to the Lofoten, you will find all the information in this website: http://www.torghatten-nord.no/
3. For all the information you need about Narvik, explore this website: http://www.destinationnarvik.com
Re: narvik transportation
Thank you, Manara, your tips were very useful!
I finally find also the bus transfer timetable to Lofoten on this link: http://www.veolia-transport.no/lofoten/category200.html
Travel Tips for Narvik
Narvik lies on a small peninsula on the coast of a fjord that most people in the world call “the The Narvik Fjord”, but its real name is Ofotfjord. It is the longest fjord in the Nordland region.
Although it is 200 km north of the Arctic Circle the water of this fjord is ice-free in winter and this made it possible and convenient to create a commercial port in Narvik. Its depth reaches levels of over 500 metres, so even big ships can get to its innermost parts.
The landscape around the fjord is of stunning beauty, with mountains that reach altitudes of over 1500 metres and forests of birches, pines and aspens. The vegetation line in this region is at 500 metres of altitude, so the mountain tops are free from trees and white with snow for most part of the year (my pictures here were taken in mid-May).
Great views of the fjord can be seen from the train that connect Narvik and Kiruna.
Narvik is surrounded by...
Narvik is surrounded by wonderful nature. In winter you can go skiing; down hill, cross country or snowboarding. In summer you can go hiking in the mountains, make boat trips, fish in sea, lakes and rivers and much more. PHOTO: ONE OF THE PLACES IN NARVIK WERE PEOPLE HAVE THEIR PRIVATE BOATS.
... go to the Lofoten. Take at...
... go to the Lofoten. Take at least 2 days for this trip and you will see, it's still too short to see all this beauty!
Ask at the local information office in Narvik (or Bodo) how to get there since it's always different and of course up to the weather. The best thing might be to go by a sightseeing tour and stay there - or you do it like me: Go by bike, ask some fishing boats to get a lift to the islands and experience it all by yourself!
And now I saw more of the city...
This to add to my previous tip. Narvik is special for its location and nature, the city itself is not exactly Paris or Amsterdam you know :-) So it can be a good spot from where to go hiking, fishing and exploring the area.
As you can see in this photo, al places are not that far away.
Something you will see when...
Something you will see when travelling around in northern Norway in summer is Sami people selling souvenirs by the roadside. THIS PHOTO SHOW MY ITALIAN FRIEND FABRIZIO BUYING SOUVENIRS FROM A SAMI WOMAN AT SKOGVANN IN NARVIK MUNICIPALITY.