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An unforgettable journey

The Arctic Train

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The 43-kilometer-long Ofoten Line extends from the Port of Narvik to the Swedish border and is Norway's northernmost railway. On this stretch, the Arctic Train moves through a unique, beautiful, and changing landscape from fjords to high mountains. In this landscape, there is more than nature that is experienced as dramatic. Several historical events form a dramatic backdrop for the experience.

Young couple looking out of window and down in a deep river bed 300 meters below on board The Arctic Train

An unforgettable journey

Travelling through a historical, beautiful and wild landscape with mighty mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls, you will be blessed with a jaw-dropping view over the Arctic fjord. To make sure you get the most out of your trip, the train makes several stops along the way.

Close up of front of the blue and grey Arctric Train locomotive as it stand still on Ofot railway up on mountain sea below

The Ofoten Line

The Ofoten Line was built to ensure access to an ice-free port of export for the rich iron ore deposits in Northern Sweden. The construction period lasted from the late 1800s to a few years into the next century and faced extreme challenges in terms of climate and logistics. At the most, more than 5,000 people were involved in the construction of the railway line. Traveling workers, so-called navvies, sought the happiness of what appeared to be a European «Klondyke». The myths and legend stories about the navvy culture are colourful and exciting.

The Arctic Train standing by Katterat station as 3 people in hiking gear disembark walking on the gravel ground

Dramatic history

It is not only the scenery surrounding the trainline that is dramatic. The historic events connected to the construction of the railway at the end of the 19th century and the war actions in 1940 creates a dramatic backdrop for the Arctic Train experience.

During World War II, the Ofoten Railway was again brought into the centre of history. As an export route for Europe’s largest and most important iron ore deposits, the railway line was important to control. A large part of the warfare during the Battle of Narvik therefore took place in the immediate vicinity of the railway. An automatic guide system ensures you get involved in the exciting history.

Photo: Lappland Resorts | Riksgränsen

Timetable & Stations

The Arctic Train - Timetable 2020.pdf

The Arctic Train - Timetable 2020/2021.pdf

Stations until 1st March 2021: Narvik-Bjørnefjell-Narvik                  

Due to present Covid-19 restrictions, these stations will be available from 1 March 2021: Riksgränsen-Katterjåkk-Bjørkliden-Abisko turist-Abisko östra

Tickets & Prices

Tickets can be purchased at Narvik Train Station or onboard the train. Our staff are available 30 mins. before our departures. For group bookings, please contact our Visitor Center

Ticket Prices  
Adult 650 NOK
Children (4 – 15 yrs.) 325 NOK
Children (0 – 4 yrs.) Free of charge
Groups over 10 pax 585 NOK p.p.
Other Prices  
Dogs 150 NOK
Bicycle 150 NOK

Contact

Can we help you with anything? We are happy to hear from you. For general questions, please contact our Visitor Center

Our offices are located at Narvik Railway Station. Stop by or use the contact info on the website to reach us.

The Arctic Train
Narvik Railway Station
Stasjonsveien 1
8514 Narvik
NORWAY

Facts Ofoten Line

  • Ofototen Line total lenght. Narvik harbour - Riksgränsen | 43 (42.66) km
  • Arctic Train. Narvik Harbour - Bjørnefjell | 36.72 km
  • Number of train stations/stops perosnal transport | 5
  • Number of tunnels | 20
  • Official opening of the Ofoten Line | 14 July 1903
  • Total tonnage of goods on the Ofoten Line annually | 15.9 million tons

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