Narvik cruises

You can reach Narvik on certain cruises to northern Norway. Indeed it is actually one of the most northerly towns in the world, 137 miles inside the Arctic Circle and at a latitude of 68 degrees north. Yet Narvik remains surprisingly mild thanks to a combination of the North Atlantic Current and mountains which encircle the town and shelter it from winds. 

From late May until late July, the Midnight Sun often sets the landscapes aglow with intense yellows and fiery red-orange hues. One of the best spots to admire its effect on the majestic landscapes is to whisk up Narvikfjellen by cable car for sublime views over the city and the surrounding fjords.

Narvik’s Cultural Heritage

Although its roots appear to go back to the Stone Age, Narvik really grew from the boom in Swedish iron ore mining during the second half of the nineteenth century. Narvik’s milder climate made it an ice-free port all year round and an ideal shipping point for the miners.

It has only had town status since the early twentieth century. Part of this legacy, the Ofoten Railway, makes for a sensational day out. It runs the forty twenty-five or so kilometres miles to the Swedish border and beyond, as far as the ore mines at Kiruna. The Norwegian section of line runs alongside the Rombaksfjord, clinging to the curves of the steep green slopes, with two departures a day running from Narvik Station. 

Discover Narvik

Sitting on Ofotfjord, often just known as the Narvik Fjord, there is plenty of dramatic scenery for those who wish to explore its waters, including views of the Frostisen Glacier. Hiking is also a popular pastime for the more energetic. You can encounter the creatures that live at the very top of mainland Europe by venturing another 47 miles north of Narvik to Polar Park. Its residents include the Arctic’s main predators, including brown bears, wolves, wolverines and lynx as well as other wildlife such as moose, reindeer and musk ox.

In the town itself, there is an Occupation Museum in remembrance of Narvik’s role in World War II, which holds the Victoria Cross awarded posthumously to Captain Bernard Warburton-Lee of the British Royal Navy in 1940 and a German Enigma coding machine.


Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

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