Daytrip to Narvik & the iron ore train
If you name Kiruna you have to name Narvik. Both towns share the history that comes along with the fame of Swedish iron ore. With our day tour to Narvik we provide impressions of this history as well as of different climate zones north of the polar circle!
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel/hostel in Kiruna at 8.30 AM by minivan. From Kiruna towards west you’re going to pass small settlements and wide open swamp areas. Following parallel to the railroad tracks of the Kiruna iron ore train you will soon reach lake Torneträsk – the 6th largest lake in Sweden and the largest lake of more than 6200 lakes in the municipality of Kiruna. Surrounded by mountains it will be time to make a photostop and to take a short walk down to the picturesque boat houses at the shore.
Heading west again – the next destination might sound familiar to you: Abisko – world famous for fantastic aurora borealis during the dark times of the year. A cruise around in this small village and a stop at the tourist station will make you familiar with facts about the lifestyle up here and the nature of the Abisko National Park. To take a picture of the U-shaped valley Lapporten (“The Laponian Gate”) is a must!
Tornehamn will be the next stop. A walk up to the mystic graveyard of the navvies seems like a travel back in time: Set up from 1899 to 1937 this old cemetry became the place to rest forever for those who lost their lives during construction work of the iron ore railroad from Kiruna to Narvik. Further up towards the timberline you will reach the ski resort Riksgränsen. High alpine landscape and vegetation will surprise you – you are only at an elevation of app. 500m. But the latitude above the polar circle is obviously visible … Now and here is the spot to pass the border to Norway!
These romantic solitary located holiday cabins with the typical grassed roofs in the Björnfjell will make you want to ignore the memorials of the battles of WW2 up here – contrasts of Norway. .. On the winding road down towards the Norwegian coast the impact of the gulf stream is clearly to see: Rich vegetation seams the way to Narvik, scenic views on to the Ofotfjord will make you use your camera.
Welcome to Narvik at noon time. A loop around in the city will give you a first overview before you’ll have app. 2,5 hours to explore the town on your own. If you prefer to have fresh seafood for lunch or if you want to visit the war museum is up to you. Just agree with your guide about a meeting point and he will be there. A short transfer to the station to board the train for your travel to Kiruna.
Nearly 3 hours of spectacular views from the rails of the iron ore train will entertain you on the way back. With arrival at the station in Kiruna your guide will welcome you and give you the transfer to your hotel/hostel. 6.00 PM – soon time for dinner!
Season 2017: April, 15th until September, 30th
Availability: On demand
Pick – up: Your hotel/hostel in Kiruna or Jukkasjärvi at 08.00 AM
Duration: 10 hours
Participants: min 2 persons. max 5 persons.
Price: 1650 SEK/person excl. train ticket. Train ticket approx. 200 SEK/person. Children 6-12 years of age: SEK 1200 if accompanied by two adults.Minimum age: 8 years
Experienced driver – guide (English/Swedish/German)
Coffee, tea, soft drinks, bisquits during the stops
Electro-chemical protection against insects during our famous mosquito festival …
Good to know:
In case you don’t want to take the train back to Kiruna you can of course join our guide on the way back to Kiruna onboard the van.
All our tours are strictly limited to a maximum of 5 participants. We want to minimize all possible impacts of stress and group dynamics. Our guides are very routined drivers with guidance references from Norway as well as from Sweden. We use minivans of US-brands. The single captain chairs grant a certain privacy and eliminate the risk that your sleeping travel mates will suddenly rest their head on your shoulder… All seats are equipped with a clean fleece blanket and on the long tours with a clean pillow.
PLEASE NOTE: It is in your own responsibility to have valid travel documents to enter Norway!