Rail enthusiasts will want to head to northern Scandinavia for a unique experience: the northernmost international rail journey. The trip takes travelers from Stockholm, Sweden, through that beautiful country before they cross the Norway-Sweden border near the end of it and arrive in Narvik, Norway, which is north of the Arctic Circle.
The 630-mile trip starts at Stockholm Central Station and makes several stops in Sweden. Some trains take passengers straight to Narvik while other itineraries require a change of trains in Boden, which is located in the north of the country, about 25 miles from the Gulf of Bothnia, which separates Sweden and Finland.
After traveling through boundless Swedish forests, the train will start making its way over the Scandinavian Mountains. Here is where its final Swedish stop lies: Riksgränsen. This ski resort attracts many Swedes during the winter months. Of course, those awaiting the northernmost international rail border crossing, which is now less than a mile away, won’t be interested.
About 25 miles after the train crosses into Norway is its final stop of Narvik, which is adjacent to the Ofotfjorden, a Norwegian Sea inlet.
There are railway lines more to the north of here, but those don’t cross any international borders. The northernmost one terminates in Russia’s Bovanenkovo gas field although this line will be taken even further north soon. It’s an 1,800-mile rail journey from Moscow to this part of Russia. Meanwhile, the northernmost railway in Norway consists of a 5-mile line from Bjørnevatn and Kirkenes, both about a 520-mile drive northeast of Narvik.
Those who, after traveling from Stockholm to Narvik, want to head to Oslo next will need to catch a bus for a 150-mile journey south on Norwegian roads to Fauske. There, a train can be caught to Oslo, transferring in Trondheim. This entire Fauske-Oslo rail journey is 760 miles long.