The Ofoten Railway lies on a headland at the foot of
the Fagernesfjellet, between the Beisfjord and Rornbaksfjord, and
runs between the iron-ore mines at Kiruna in Swedish Lapland and
the port town of Narvik on the Norwegian coast. The modern town of
Narvik was developed as a port for the export of the iron-ore, and
the Ofoten Railway, was built at the turn of the century
as the link between the mines and the port.
At the time of construction, the Ofoten Railway was both the
coldest and northern-most railway project in the world. The
26-mile (42km) line was painstakingly carved out the mountains
- an incredible engineering project that was largely undertaken by
hand. The result is a breathtaking route which takes passengers
past deep fjords, through the wild, rugged mountains and the barren
mountain plateaus north of the Arctic Circle.
The Ofoten Railway Museum is dedicated to the local history of
Narvik and the Ofoten Railway, and is located close to the
centre of Narvik.