Narvik

 

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Narvik was built in late Victorian times as the terminal for a new railway to carry Swedish iron-ore to an ice-free port.  This made it a major target for Germans in 1940, and was the scene of heroic resistance by Norwegians and British Navy.  The result was its total destruction and hurried, and rough rebuild. Today is is a pleasant industrial town where yachts are welcome the only dockage outside the commercial harbour is limited to about 1.8 metres draft.
Narvik is amongst the mountains, and has the small glacier in the picture overlooking the main street, as well a perpetual snow on the mountains and the  ski hill with the greatest drop in Norway.


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The railway climbs steeply to the Swedish frontier about 20 km to the East, and offers rides to the top with the opportunity bike or walk back down the Rallervangen, a Victorian pack horse trail built to support railway construction.

We made the trip one day, starting on the rocky plateau near the frontier, which is sprinkled with cottages, and winds its way down through a spectacular valley and across creeks, to a good spot for a train back to Narvik.
We went up another day for a kike in the Swedish mouintains.
The Rombukstotten, known locally at "the Matterhorn" looks over the town, and it accessible by a stiff hike. 

We met this intrepid mountain biker on the lower trail, but we found walking it hard enough.
From the 1230 m top, there good views over the town, and also of Rombuksfjord, and the access road to Narvik from Sweden.
We were not in Narvik in the winter, so we used only the bicycle parking.
Notice that the left hand sign is for kicksled parking, which presumably replaces bicycles when the roads are snow coverd.

Rombukstotten is poking over the horizon above the sign.
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