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Narvikjellet ski resort, Norway

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It's hard to beat the seaside location of Narvik. This ski resort attracts photographers, film crews, skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers alike. Surrounded by breathtaking Norwegian fjords, and with one of the highest verticals in Norway this ski resort provides an attraction all its own. Just be sure to stock up on Vitamin D before you go.

The view from the top of Narvik is unbelievable. Surrounded by water on three sides you can see down into the valley and out across the water to neighbouring mountain ranges. One of the best places to really take in the view is at the mountain restaurant on Narvik's plateau.

Narvik doesn't provide as much terrain as Norway's larger ski resorts, but don't be fooled. They receive excellent snow, especially in the early spring when it is light and fluffy. The resort provides six lifts, including one gondola, nine prepared and four unprepared slopes. The vertical drop is 900 metres and the resort does have the ability to make snow should it need it. The longest slope is 3,250 metres long.

There are also 12 kilometres of cross country ski trails located at Narvik, though you will need to bring your own equipment as Nordic ski rentals aren't available at the resort.

Off-piste skiing is popular here, though you must be prepared to go into the backcountry with the proper gear. Guiding services are available to take you safely off-piste.

If you'll be staying for a few days or more look at purchasing an Arctic Ski Pass, available as a three-day, four-day or seven-day card. This will gain you access to not only Narvik, but also Abisko, Bjørkliden and Riksgrensen, all located within an 80 kilometre radius.

For those who want to do more than just ski here, there are fjord wildlife cruises and horseback riding excursions available, as well as some interesting local museums.

One thing this area is known for is the long evenings in the winter. The dark season, or polar nights, extends from early to December to early January so you'll want to be sure to have Vitamin D available to keep your energy levels high if you aren't already used to little amount of light during the day. It is an interesting experience to be part of this, and the northern lights are truly magical.

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