In the fjords of Arctic Norway you will find Narvik, a small but stunning ski resort that offers great all round skiing both on and off piste. Well-maintained beginner’s slopes and ski schools are ideal for those looking to improve in a breath-taking setting. Narvikfjell is also renowned for having the best off-piste skiing in Scandinavia, as well as one of Scandinavia’s largest drop heights, perfect if you're looking for a challenge.
In addition to the great snow conditions, one of the most memorable aspects of skiing in Narvik is the view. The town itself is perched on the shores of the Ofot fjord, with unbeatable vistas available from many of the hotels. The slopes themselves cross the side of the mountain overlooking the town and the fjord, meaning they offer some of the best skiing views available in Europe. Best of all, they are accessible for everyone, from beginners and up, and there is also a cable car so non-skiers in your group can benefit as well.
Narvik is also the start point of the Ofoten railway that runs from Norway through to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland. This iconic route is becoming popular with the winter crowd as it stops at 2 fantastic ski resorts in Sweden, but is also a great way to see more of the breathtaking rolling fells and snow-capped forests that dominate this region.
Narvik is a great option if you're after a short ski break, and can make a fabulous destination if you're after more than just skiing. As well as the Ofoten railway there is a selection of iconic activities available throughout the winter, from Northern Lights hunting, to visits to local wildlife parks and cruises on the fjord.
The right slopes for me?
Okay: There is a dedicated beginners ski area and excellent ski school to get you started if you’re brand new to the snow. The main gondola also has a gentle green route down from the summit, meaning you can make the most of that incredible view even if you’re new to skiing.
Excellent: Narvik is dominated by red and blue slopes making it a great destination for intermediate skiers. In addition there are 4 un-groomed red runs, ideal if you’re looking to improve your powder skiing.
Good: With only one relatively short, groomed black slope on offer, advanced skiing in Narvik is geared towards powder lovers and ski-touring enthusiasts. Make the walk between Linken (the top lift) and Tredjetoppen for fabulous off-piste skiing.
Good: There is a terrain park in Narvik but it’s worth mentioning that 4 of the 6 lifts are drag lifts. If you don’t mind button and T-bar lifts expect to enjoy the mixture of groomed and un-groomed runs and some great off-piste lines.
Good: 18km of tracks across the side of the fjord is a great way to see a different aspect of this beautiful area.
Activities & Après
In the heart of Arctic Norway, as well as skiing there is a great choice of additional activities to do and sites to see from your base in Narvik.
- Floodlit skiing
- Northern Lights hunting
- Visit the Polar Park wildlife park, to meet and learn about the native wildlife
- Cruises on the Ofotfjord
- Ski-touring and guiding
- Ofoten railway into Sweden
Après ski & eating out
There are 2 mountain restaurants/cafés with lovely views down across the fjord. You’ll find a lively après ski atmosphere over the weekend with live music on in the resort bar. Narvik itself is one of Northern Norway’s largest ports and has a good selection of national and international restaurants and a good choice of bars.