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.

Excursions

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.

  • Narvik Sights & War History

    Step back in time to retrace the military history of this fascinating city.

    Narvik Sights & War History

    Narvik is a spectacular place; not just because of its natural beauty but also due to its unique war history. Board the coach for a panoramic sightseeing tour and allow yourself to be transported back in time with the help of your local guide as they relay tales of the battles that were fought here during World War II.

    Your first stop will be at the evocative War Cemetery where monuments pay tribute to the British, French, German, Norwegian and Polish soldiers who lost their lives. From here, you’ll head to the small but revealing War Museum. A presentation illustrates the military campaigns fought here and acts as a stark reminder of the sacrifice the city and its people faced. Afterwards there’s time to explore the array of exhibits, models and charts before rejoining the coach back to the pier.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour.

    Tour code

    NAR_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • All aboard the Ofoten Railway

    A spectacular train journey through wild, rugged and barren mountain plateaus to the Swedish border.

    All aboard the Ofoten Railway

    The Ofoten Railway is truly unique. At the time of construction, the 41 kilometre line was both the coldest and northern-most railway project in the world, painstakingly carved out of the mountains.

    Experience this incredible feat of engineering for yourself as you board the train at Narvik, bound for the Swedish border. Admire the breathtaking scenery across the southern cliffs to towering Bjørnfjell, which stands 488 metres above sea level.

    Ensure to look out for the Norwegian and Swedish flags painted on the tunnel wall, marking the border between the two countries, before leaving the train at Riksgränsen; home to the Swedish northernmost ski-resort.

    Enjoy some free time to take a stroll, before meeting your coach for your return journey with a slightly different perspective.


    This excursion will operate by coach and train.The amount of walking on this tour is at guest’s discretion during the free time Riksgränsen. There are three steps to board the train. The train journey lasts approximately one hour. There is no commentary provided on the train. The ski-resort at Riksgränsen is closed during the summer, however during the stop guests can take a stroll or visit the nearby hotel.

    Tour code

    NAR_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Norwegian Coastal History

    Sensational scenery, fascinating stories from World War II and a Nordland boat museum brimming with traditional watercraft.

    Norwegian Coastal History

    Your destination on this tour might be the world’s largest collection of Nordland boats, but you also have a magnificent journey ahead. Get acquainted with Narvik’s history and that of the surrounding area as your guide tells you about interesting events and locations.

    Your tour starts by taking you through Narvik. Founded in 1902 to export iron ore from Sweden, this industrial port town has many statues and pretty parks. When you reach the viewpoint of Oscarsborg, there’s a splendid view of the town and across the Ofotfjord to the many impressive peaks. Before long, you’ll come to the Rombaksfjord where you’ll cross the suspension bridge, stretching 765m over the water, providing a superb view of the narrow fjord – the scene of fierce battles during World War II. After a short photograph stop, continue along Herjangsfjord through the village of Bjerkvik the scene of heavy fighting in 1940.

    Descending from Gratangen mountain plateau to the town brings you to the North Norwegian Boat Museum. Here you’ll find plenty of boats of all shapes and types, the oldest dating back to 1825 when boats were the lifeblood of communities. You’ll have about 30 minutes at the museum before heading to Gratangen Hotel for a refreshing cup of tea or coffee.

    Afterwards, settle back and enjoy the return trip to Narvik.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 1 hour of walking over paved ground and gravel, with around five steps to negotiate. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    NAR_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Leisurely Narvik

    Discover Narvik’s fascinating history as you take a relaxing guided drive through the sights of this northerly town.

    Leisurely Narvik

    The town of Narvik has a lovely setting at the tip of the peninsula between the Rombaksfjord and Beisfjord, surrounded by impressive peaks like the ‘Kongsbakktind’ – also known as ‘the sleeping queen’ and towering up to 1575m above the town.

    Relax onboard your coach as a panoramic drive introduces you to the sights of the town. As you admire the surrounding scenery, your tour guide will bring Narvik’s past to life. Despite being 225 kilometres inside the Arctic Circle, the port of Narvik is ice-free all year round, thanks to the North Atlantic Current. This played a central part in the town’s development as a port for the export of iron ore, mined in Kiruna in Sweden, with the Ofoen Railway opened in 1902. Narvik also saw combat in World War II, with fierce fighting destroying the main part of the town.


    This excursion will operate by coach. Sightseeing on this tour is conducted from the coach, however some photograph stops will be made.

    Tour code

    NAR_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Narvik by Cable Car

    Board a cable car for breathtaking views of Narvik and the surrounding area.

    Narvik by Cable Car

    Narvik is a region of contrasts; with beautiful nature and a unique war history.

    Enjoy the very best of the stunning scenery with a ride on a cable car. A picturesque eight minute ascent up Fagernesfjellet Mountain will take you to its popular ski resort, some 640 metres above sea level.

    On a clear day, it offers spectacular views all the way to the Lofoten Islands. You may even spy a hang glider or paraglider setting off as it’s a popular jumping point.

    Back down on firm ground, a panoramic drive will introduce you to some of the central parts of the town of Narvik.


    This excursion will operate coach and cable car. Walking is at your own discretion during the free time at the top of Fagernesfjellet Mountain. Long queues may be experienced at the cable car station, due to the popularity of this attraction. At the end of the tour a stop will be made in the town for those interested in exploring independently; guests are then responsible for making their own way back to the ship.

    Tour code

    NAR_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Polar Park Visit

    A unique animal-tastic experience in the Norwegian wilderness of Polar Park!

    Polar Park Visit

    Enjoy a scenic coach ride through the changing landscapes of Bjerkvik and Salangsdalen as you journey to the world’s northernmost animal park. Polar Park, located 75 km north of Narvik at Bardu, is your gateway to a Norwegian wilderness with large areas to create a habitat as natural as possible for the animals.

    It is home to native Arctic animals including bears, wolves, and lynx as well as deer, moose, reindeer and muskox. Be sure to look out for the wolverine too – this Nordic species and the largest of the weasel family is the symbol of the Bardu community. Your knowledgeable guide will accompany you around the park, introducing you to the residents you may see along the way.

    There’s also time to shop for souvenirs before the return journey back to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour over uneven ground, plus some steps to negotiate. A waterproof jacket and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. It is forbidden to feed the animals. The whole site including the parking area is non-smoking. The sighting of wildlife is not guaranteed. The journey to the Polar Park is approximately 1¼ hours each way. The animals are located behind fenced enclosures in the park.

    Tour code

    NAR_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Panoramic Skjomen

    Sit back and enjoy the spectacular views of volcanic terrain, steep mountains and crystal-clear fjords on a coach tour to Skjomen.

    Panoramic Skjomen

    Board your coach and settle back in comfort as you depart on a panoramic sightseeing tour to Skjomen.

    Known for its scenic and volcanic terrain, you’ll be blown away by the breathtaking scenery of the staggering mountains of Skjomtind, Reintind, and Klubbviktind surrounding the Skjomen fjord.

    Soak up the beauty of it all at Skjomen Golf Club - the world's second northernmost 18-hole golf course - where you’ll stop for a coffee break. Nestled beside a river, the course is surrounded by towering mountains of between 4,900-5,200 feet high and provides a beautiful view of the tranquil Skjomenfjord.

    Afterwards, leave behind the charm of Skjomen to return to the pier.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.There is minimal walking required on this tour.

    Tour code

    NAR_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours