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.
Favorite thing: This rather noisy creature appeared quite proud of its perch. I originally thought it was an Arctic Tern, but after further research, it did not have the trademark red beak. I think it's a Guillemot (though I've been told it's probably a Magpie). Whatever it was, it certainly wasn't shy.
Fondest memory: There is no question what (or, I should say, who) made a huge difference for our visit. Jim (Narviking) went out of his way to show us his home, even going so far as driving us around and offering us coffee and cake at his apartment. Thanks, Jim! You are truly Narvik's Goodwill Ambassador to the world. :)
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.
Take the cable car located a short walk from the railroad terminal to the top of the Fagernesfjellet. From there you will get amazing views of the harbor and surrounding fjords. The views are too amazing to descibe and should be experienced by anyone who travels in Scandinavia.
Fondest memory: Fagernesfjellet. The town of Narvik itself is fairly new as Narvik was destroyed during the second world war. The views from the moutain are priceless and not to be missed.
Favorite thing: 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 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!
Favorite thing: With the great nature around, I did not really check this city, just bought food & drinks and went up to the mountains, for hiking, camping and also some fishing.
Fondest memory: Jimmy and his family! the long hours of daylight in summer was a bit unusual for me... this photograph was taken around 11pm!