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Narvik, Norway

Narvik is the third-largest town and municipality in Nordland county, Norway by population. The administrative center of the municipality is the town of Narvik. Other villages in the municipality include Ankenesstranda, Beisfjord, Bjerkvik, Bjørnfjell, Elvegård, Skjomen, Håkvik, Hergot, Straumsnes, and Vidrek. The Elvegårdsmoen army camp is located near Bjerkvik.

Narvik is located on the shores of the

Ofotfjorden

. The municipality is part of the traditional district of Ofoten of Northern Norway, inside the Arctic Circle. The municipality of Narvik borders the municipality of Ballangen to the southwest, Evenes to the northwest, Bardu, Gratangen, Lavangen and Skånland (in Troms county) to the north, and Norrbotten County (Lapland) in Sweden to the south and east.

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Narvik, Norway

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Narvik is the third-largest town and municipality in Nordland county, Norway by population. The administrative center of the municipality is the town of Narvik. Other villages in the municipality include Ankenesstranda, Beisfjord, Bjerkvik, Bjørnfjell, Elvegård, Skjomen, Håkvik, Hergot, Straumsnes, and Vidrek. The Elvegårdsmoen army camp is located near Bjerkvik.

Narvik is located on the shores of the

Ofotfjorden

. The municipality is part of the traditional district of Ofoten of Northern Norway, inside the Arctic Circle. The municipality of Narvik borders the municipality of Ballangen to the southwest, Evenes to the northwest, Bardu, Gratangen, Lavangen and Skånland (in Troms county) to the north, and Norrbotten County (Lapland) in Sweden to the south and east.

The modern city was founded in 1902. It grew up as an important ice-free port for Swedish iron ore exports. Before the port and the iron-ore railway was constructed there were only a few farms on the peninsula. During the first attempt to establish a port and railway, the place was called Victoriahamn (Victoria port), after the visit by Crown Princess Victoria of the joint kingdom of Sweden and Norway. When the iron ore railway (known as Ofotbanen in Norway) was finally built from 1898 to 1902 there was intense activity in Narvik and particularly in the mountains. Thousands of navvies poured in and created a temporary city at Rombaksbotn. The railway construction from Narvik through the wild mountains until the plateau on the Swedish side was a notable engineering achievement. The railway was electrified as early as 1923. Control of the iron ore fields at Kiruna and the port of Narvik was a key motive for German attack in 1940 and the allied intervention.
During and after the German invasion of Norway, Narvik was the scene of fierce battles between allied (British, French and Polish supporting Norwegian army) and German forces, and the war museum commemorates the events of 1940. The Battle of Narvik was the first real engagement between Allied and German troops after months of the phony war. The Battle of Narvik was a key event in the early phases of the war. The town was totally destroyed in the process and the fjord was full of shipwrecks. Today, the city offers several outdoor activities; in particular, alpine skiing is possible in the mountains around Narvik.

Situated 220 kilometers (140 mi) inside the arctic circle, Narvik is one of the most northerly towns in the world. However, the North Atlantic Current (extension of the Gulf Stream) gives Narvik a milder climate than one might expect for a town at this latitude. In addition, the mountains surrounding the town give shelter from the strong winds typical for coastal areas. Mean annual temperature is 3.8 °C (39 °F), and the growing season in the lowland is approximately 150 days, thus allowing inhabitants with an interest for gardening to grow many imported plants.

Summer lasts from the beginning of June until early September. Record high and low in July is 32.5 °C (91 °F) (9 July 2014) and 4 °C (39 °F). Record high and low in January is 11 °C (52 °F) and −20 °C (−4 °F). The all-time record low is −22.3 °C (−8 °F) on February 1, 1980. The wettest month is October and the driest month is May; annual precipitation is 830 millimeters (33 in).

Narvik has access to numerous outdoor activities. This is the best-known location in northern Norway for alpine skiing.


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Narvik, Norway: Port Information


The dock is approximately 1.5 km from the town.
Shuttle buses and taxis are available.

Get around Narvik, Norway


Narvik is a compact city which is easy to navigate. Tourist info office is on the main street, and the railway station is easy to find as well. Destination Narvik and its links will help you to find most of what you are looking for about Narvik.
If flying in from Oslo Gardermoen to Harstad/Narvik/Evenes airport west of Narvik, one-hour bus transit is available right to the town center.
Narvik has a local bus service with routes to neighborhoods outside the center, including Ankenes, Framnes, and Beisfjord. Most lines run Monday to Saturday, while a few major routes (in particular Ankenes) have very limited service Sunday afternoons as well.

What to see in Narvik, Norway


  • Ofoten Museum, Administrasjonsveien 3, ☎ +47 76-969650.
  • War Memorial Museum (Nordland Røde Kors Krigsminnemuseum), Torgsvingen 15, ☎+47 76-944426, e-mail: kmmu@warmuseum.no. Exhibitions about the Narvik Campaign in the Second World War.
  • Narvik church. Large stone church was built in 1925 by the architect Olaf Nordhagen.

What to do in Narvik, Norway


  • Take the cable car to the top of Fagernesfjellet. Or better yet, climb it in the middle of the night during summer. There is a fantastic path the winds up the mountain that overlooks the city and one can reach the same destination as the cable car.
  • Ski at Narvikfjellet. The ski station is located so that you can contemplate the fjords as you ski down the slopes.
  • Voss Klatrepark. Fun climbing park through treetops, open all year round.
  • Scuba diving

What to eat and drink in Narvik, Norway


Eat

  • Linken Restaurant Og Bar, Kongensgate 64 (At Quality Hotel Grand Royal), ☎ +47 76-977075.

Drink

  • Malmen/Telegrafen, Dronningens gate 47, ☎ +47 76-960055.
  • Tøtta Bar, Kongensgate 33 (On the eighteenth floor of Rica Hotel Narvik), ☎ +47 76-961400. M-F 11 AM-1 AM, Sa-Su 11 AM-2 AM. Great bar to start off the evening with drinks and perhaps a light meal while taking in the dramatic mountainous landscape.

Shopping in Narvik, Norway


There are shops and kiosks on the main street, plus there are two large shopping centers: one near the railway station and the other in the center of the town.

Safety in Narvik, Norway


Norway has a low crime rate. The most likely crimes for tourists to experience are car break-ins and bicycle theft. Pickpockets do also tend to be an increasing problem in urban areas in the summer season, but it's still nothing like in larger cities in Europe. It is always a good idea to look after your belongings, this includes never leaving valuable objects visual in your car and locking your bike safely.
The greatest dangers to tourists in Norway are found in nature.

The water quality and distribution in Norway are excellent and tap water is always drinkable (except on boats, trains etc). 

Language spoken in Narvik, Norway


Almost all Norwegians speak English, and unless you approach someone really old and isolated you should have no trouble whatsoever getting around in English. Officially, 91% of the population speaks fluent English, making Norway one of the most English-proficient countries on the planet where English is not an official language.

German and French are spoken by some workers in the tourism industry. However, it is better to speak the local language, another Scandinavian language, or English.

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