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Narvik, Norway

Narvik is a town and municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is located on the shores of the Narvik Fjord. The municipality is part of the Ofoten traditional region of North Norway, inside the arctic circle. Narvik borders the municipality of Ballangen to the southwest, Evenes to the northwest, Bardu and Gratangen in Troms county to the north, and Norrbotten County (Lapland) in Sweden to the south and east.

Narvik has access to numerous outdoor activities. This is the best known location in northern Norway when it comes to alpine skiing. There is also a cable car to Fagernesfjellet, with a stunning view and the possibility to walk even higher up in the mountains. Narvik Winter Festival (Norwegian: Vinterfestuka) takes place in early March. Mountain hiking is, understandably, very popular in this area, as is wreck diving in or near the harbor and the fjord. Fishing in the fjord or in lakes and streams is a popular leisure activity. There is an Occupation Museum about the years 1940-1945.

Things to See & Do

* Hiking
* Skiing
* Occupation Museum
* Cable car to Fagernesfjellet
* Diving

General information

Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency – Norwegian Krone (NOK)
Language – Norwegian
Land Area – 2,023 km²
Population – 20,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – +47

Port Location – The port is located in downtown Narvik.

Travel Links – Narvik is served by two airports: the small Narvik Airport, Framnes just outside the city center has a short runway and is used by smaller short-distance aircraft.

Narvik is the terminus of the Malmbanan railway line from the Swedish towns of Kiruna, Gällivare, Boden and Luleå, from where you can continue on towards Stockholm or the Finnish border. Narvik has no connections to the rest of the Norwegian rail network that ends at Fauske, 150 km south of Narvik.

One can travel from Fauske to Narvik by bus; the trip is quite scenic and takes about 5 hours.

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