Nordland Røde Kors Krigsminnemuseum is the full name, in Norwegian, of this museum themed on World War II. Of course much of it is devoted to the battles in the Narvik Fjord of 1940, however there are many exhibits also about the German occupation of Norway, prisoner camps and other aspects of those terrible years. Here you will see lots of...more
This small wood building you see in my picture dates back to the time when the town of Narvik was still named Viktorahavn and was not even a town yet. In the years when the railway was being built, i.e. in the 1890s, this was the post office. My impression is that it looks as if it belonged to the American Far West, an impression I had also while...more
Watching the port of Narvik is like watching an enormous industrial machine at work. You see the trains arrive, with the iron ore from Kiruna, be efficiently emptied and go back to the iron mines. You see also the cargo ships that, loaded with the iron pellets, leave for all parts of the world. Each train carries 4100 tons of mineral and there are...more
In 1946 the Norwegian government drew a plan for the creation of war cemeteries and founded the War Graves Office to take care of the considerable number of bodies of foreign war dead on Norwegian territory, as well as of the graves of Norwegian combatants who had lost their lives abroad.Narvik was one of the selected locations for war cemeteries...more
This small museum shows how Narvik developed from a small fishermen’s village into a small city with an important port. It happened mainly in the late 1800s and early 1900s with the construction of the railway to connect this seaport and the mines of iron ore in Kiruna. Visitors can see models, pictures, old working tools and a documentary film...more
We had been eating a lot of herring. When we saw Peppes, a chain pizza restaurant, we both decided it would be a good change of pace. The restaurant is tourist and kid-friendly, plus it's open til midnight. Prices are not outrageous by Narvik standards. To save a bit of money, have the pizza to take away. For some strange reason, meals taxes are...more
We were hungry, so Jim took us to a local place he knew. The Bella Napoli probably does not have Italian management (hint: they're well-known for their Kebob), but the food was just fine, if not exactly Neapolitan. I had the "Fettuccine Napolitana," which was really closer to Fettuccine Carbonara. It was a flat pasta in a cream sauce with cheese,...more
Now, after reading Shrimp56's cooking page, I am inspired to list my recipes which I've collected from all over the world. Here's a recipe of the fish soup I tasted in Narvik. Admitedly, I got inspired to cook the real thing after trying out an instant packet of the soup! It's a pretty homey soup and full of sea-tasting goodness. Here it is for you...more
For some very odd reason, I remembered eating piping hot fried chicken in the heart of Narvik. Maybe it was because the restaurant had a very funny name - Alibaba - and it was run by Ali Ba Ba lookalikes, Middle Eastern Men with full mustache and all! Whatever it was, I was very very hungry and the I wolfed down the chicken in seconds.The shop is...more
Twice when I was here in was the midummer season and there was not much of a night anyway, so maybe I am the wrong person to tell you where to go, the only place that I saw was this bar.
The bus from Tromso [Tromsoe ] takes 4 hours which includes a coffee stop, arrives at Narvik bus station. The bus station is below the shopping centre. To exit go up 3 escalators to get to street level. Naturally to leave go down 3 levels to bus station there do not seem to be any signs. A bus leaves for Bodo and Fauske at 7am and 10am  The...more
Narvik is only connected by train to Sweden. I took a day trip to Kiruna in Sweden, very nice scenery. Not a lot to see in Kiruna so took next train back ,which is what i planned to do. The Narvik rail station is about 1 km from town centre. If you do this day trip, take your refreshments with you has the on train buffet is only open after the...more
Hehe..this is strange. Here you can fasten your dog if you want to enter this office. Since there are no trees nearby you have to pay to use the metallic ring.Well, I received an email some times ago from Thor Gaarden from Narvik and he told me that the maschine is for the cars and "dog parking" is free.more
Narvik hasnt been a dangerous place since the war that raged here from 1940 to 1945 when big parts of the town were in ruins. Now Narvik is a very safe and peaceful place to be. PHOTO: MY MEXICAN FRIEND PEDRO BESIDE THE MONUMENT 'GROM', IN MEMORY OF A POLISH SHIP THAT WAS SUNK IN NARVIK IN 1940.more
I dont know of any tourist traps in Narvik....
PHOTO: MY FRIEND RICHARD FROM ENGLAND TAKING A REST BESIDE THE NARVIK SKIINGSLOPES.
There is no special rainy season.Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: max.: 0 – 8°C ( 32 - 47°F); min: -2 - 5°C ( 28 – 41°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 12 – 16°C ( 53 - 60°F ); min: 8 - 12°C ( 48 - 53°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 2 – 10°C ( 36 - 50°F); min: -2 - 6°C ( 28 – 43°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: -2 – -1°C ( 28 - 30°F); min: -4 - -3°C ( 25 -...more
What to pack ofcourse depends on the season and what you wanna do in your vacation. In winter we usually have snow on the ground most of the time. But the weather is very unpredictable. Some years we get snow in october, some years it doesnt arrive until december and in 2002 there were even in january no snow for most of the time. The snow...more
my initial thoughts about narvik were that its a place 300 kms into the arctic. ended up carrying plenty of warm clothes in the middle of august. however, it wasnt all that cold, its often overcast and raining, but thanx to the proximity to the sea, the temp dosent drop very low up there!! so, check on the weather before u leave and save some...more
About a 30 minute drive south of Narvik is the Skjomenfjord (pronounced SCHU-man-fyord). Drive around the back roads and enjoy the scenery. There are a number of places to pull over and park. In nice weather, this is a great area to have a picnic. Unfortunately, the weather definitely wasn't nice. Our friend Jim also says the area is far more...more
About 30 minutes north of Narvik by car, on the road to Tromsø, there is a sandy area with a number of small, square beach houses. They looked quite similar to the beach houses we saw in Ærø, Denmark. Here, you can wander along the sand, take in the views... and even swim if you like. It was a tad chilly when we were there, so we decided to stay on...more
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...more
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.more
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. :)more