Saturday 18th June

We arrived in Narvik about noon, so we had a quick lunch and then took the shuttle bus to the city centre.

It was once again a warm sunny day, so very pleasant to meander along the main road and look around the shops. We visited one shop selling souvenirs and postcards and I was once again surprised by an overheard remark. Lady on seeing a postcard view of the Northern lights  complained, “Well, we have seen the midnight sun but we haven’t seen the Northern lights!” I held my tongue, but longed to inform her that you can’t have both at the same time of year and that she should come back in February 🙂

  There was some kind of children’s festival taking place so we watched the acrobats  and fire-eaters, but even more interesting was to go behind the entertainers and watch the expressions on the faces of the children!

Children watching the entertainment

We also wondered what the “Elf and Safety” brigade would have thought about the children being so close to the fire swinging!

I also realised that Norway had become far more multi-cultural in the forty years since I lived there. It was very rare to see brown and black skins then, but all nationalities seem to be represented now.

Narvik was established more than 100 years ago as an ice free port for the Kiruna iron mines located, just over the border, in Sweden. Maybe for this reason there was fierce fighting here in WW2 and many ships were lost from both the German navy and the navies of the Allies.

The War Memorial museum shows the Narvik Campaign of 1940 and the story of the occupation from 1940- 1945. It displays maps and  artifactsfrom many nations, British, Polish, French, Norwegian and German. This is a well laid out museum and is, rightly, highly rated, and we found it very interesting.

We left Narvik at 5pm and continued our cruise down the coast with more breathtaking scenery.