Basic information

Narvik is a harbour town in the Province of Nordland in Northern Norway, lying north of the Arctic Circle. Narvik was founded in 1887 as the year-round harbour for the Kiruna and Jällivaara mining regions. Kiruna has a rail connection intended for ore transportation.

Narvik has a population of approximately 18,500 inhabitants, and the number has been falling over the past few years. Narvik has a higher education facility that provides studies in technical subjects and health. This higher education facility has approximately 1,200 students, and twenty percent of these are foreign students.


The core of Narvik’s industry revolves around sea and rail transportation. Narvik is a popular tourist destination. Close to Narvik is the Fagernes ski resort, especially favourable for alpine sports. In the summertime, Narvik’s tourism products include, e.g. climbing, outdoor pursuits, hiking, sea and fishing trips, diving and riding. Narvik also has an 18–hole golf course and cable car.

Friendship town activities

Friendship town activities have been similar to those mentioned for Kiruna.