Welcome to Narvik and the IWA Water Safety Conference 2022. This page will guide you through the programme of activities and will provide some practical information.
How to come to Narvik
The best way to get from Oslo to Narvik is by plane. There are direct flights operated by Norwegian, Flyr and SAS. The nearest airport is Harstad-Narvik (EVE) airport which is located in Evenes around 60 km from Narvik. Harstad-Narvik Airport is an international airport connect several flights from Oslo, Trondheim, Bodø and Tromsø. https://avinor.no/en/airport/harstadnarvik-airport/
There are two transport options from Evenes Airport (EVE) to Narvik. 1) The Airport bus operated by Flybussen which depart right in front of the terminal and stops at the Quality Hotel Grand Royal after, Scandic Narvik hotel and Narvik bus terminal (It takes 1 hr and costs 300 – 330 NOK/person) and (2) Taxi from Evenes Airport (EVE) to Narvik (it takes 50 min and costs 1300 – 1700 NOK/person).
The train connect Narvik to Sweden and it takes 19 hours and covers a distance of around 1361 km. The Sweden to Narvik train service departs from Stockholm central station and arrives in Narvik station.
The European route E6 runs straight through Narvik. European route E6 is the main north-south thoroughfare through Norway as well as the west coast of Sweden.
Participants are required to make their own hotel reservations and booking their flights at the earliest to avoid additional costs and inconvenience related to the availability. Recommended hotels in the vicinity of the venue are listed below.
- Quality Hotel Grand Royal
- Scandic Narvik
- Thon Hotel Narvik
- Narvik Hotel Wivel AS
- Breidablikk Guesthouse
- UiT Student housing – You can rent a room from student housing costs NOK 850 per night, (booking should be sent before 8 June) send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Partner Programme
The Partner Programmes offer a good opportunity to visit the Narvik region. https://norwegianroutes.com/narvik/#things-to-do-around-narvik Each programme will be arranged by Visit Narvik. https://www.visitnarvik.com/ Please contact Harald Kuraas Phone: +47 90 88 60 31 and Email: Harald@visitnarvik.com
About the corona situation
There are no entry restrictions to Norway due to the corona situation. You may experience that other rule apply if you have connecting flights in another country, and the airlines may also have restrictions due to the corona situation. You must familiarize yourself with the rules that apply during your travel to Norway. If you need a COVID-19 test certificate before you are leaving Norway, you can find the service in Oslo Airport Gardermoen https://drdropin.no/en/oslcovidtest/
The technical tour has two options: Narvik Vann (Water), around a 15-minute walk from UiT and Salaks AS (Aquaculture hatchery water supply and treatment systems), around 3 hours’ drive of a round trip. These two options highlight different aspects of water treatment and safety issues. Based on their interest, participants are free to choose one of the options. (There is no fee for the technical tour).
1. Narvik Vann (Narvik Water)
Narvik Vann (Water) and Nordkraft (power plant) is the combined facility to produce clean water and green energy (hydroelectric power).
The water comes from two surface water sources, called «Isvannet» and «Forsnesvannet». The reservoir has a total volume of 9,300,000 m3 and a 1 km tunnel and 2 km long pipeline transport the water to the combined facility. The power plant produces a total of 10 GWh of electricity annually and then around 2-3 % of the total water is sent to the water treatment plant. The water treatment plant has a capacity of around 6,000 m3/year, but the average production is around 140 litre/sec and a total of 3,500 m3/year.
Foto by: Kalle Punsvik
2. Salaks AS (Aquaculture hatchery water supply and treatment systems)
Salaks Group controls the entire value chain for salmon production – from fish roe to finished slaughter and packed in boxes. Slangfisk AS produces smolt right from the roe stage to small fishes, or smolt up to 250 grams and then pumped into large cages in the sea where the salmon grows big, up to 5-6 kilos.
The newly established Recirculatory Aquaculture System (RAS) is utilized to raise smolt by recycling the water while maintaining a healthy environment for fish. The system utilizes a biofilter to treat the water and has a capacity of holding 6,000,000 large smolts (250 grams).
Foto by: Simon Løvhaug