Inste Kongen Hiking Trail

Bring home an amazing shot of the King’s bridge

Essential info

  • Destination: Senja
  • Season: July–September
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Distance: 9 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 950 meters
  • Duration: 7–12 hours

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About Inste Kongen

There is no shortage of great photo opportunities on Senja and Kongeporten (The King’s bridge) on the way up to Inste Kongen is easily one of the most instagrammable spots on the island. Throughout the hike up to Inste Kongen, you will be surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the mountains and fjords which continue all the way north of Senja.

Be aware that this is a very demanding hike with lots of loose stones, unstable footing, and steep cliffs. The hike does not follow a marked trail, so study the map carefully and know exactly where you are going before embarking on this adventure.

Getting there

Coming from the west along road 862, turn left after Medfjordbotn and head towards Fjordgård. After the tunnel, stay left. Follow this road for about 4 kilometers into Fjordgård.

Turn left up the hill behind Segla Grill towards the school. Above the school is a free parking lot and the trailhead.

Trail description

The trip starts at the bottom of the ski slope at Fjordgård, next to a gapahuk. (From the parking lot at the school, walk about 500 meters along the road, then down towards “Segla grill and pub" and follow the road to the ski slope to the left. When the road splits, keep left again.)

The first part of the trip follows the same trail as the hike to the Hesten. There is a clear and worn trail that follows the slalom hill before continuing on the rocky trail climbing towards the gap (approximately 450 meters above sea level) between Hesten and Stavelitippen.

From here, the path is not marked. When you're at the gap, you can follow a trail down Korkedalen valley towards the water. (This is a drinking water source, so it is not allowed to swim or camp here) The smartest thing to do is to stay along the right side of the water and follow a ridge back down when the trail becomes unclear.

After the water, you must cross Korkedalen valley and continue towards the gap between Inste Kongen and Svartevasstind, where you will climb up. Korkedalen valley is muddy and wet so remember to wear appropriate waterproof shoes.

The grass meadow and the rocky mountainside are both steep. At the bottom of the mountainside, there are big rocks, but the closer you get the top, they become smaller and easier to move.

It is extremely important to be careful during this part of the hike: the rocks are unsteady under foot and can fall down the mountain and therefore it is easy for rocks to be dislodged and fall towards you due to hikers above you.

Towards the top of Kongsskaret, there is a passage that goes through large boulders. When you come to the other side, you will be rewarded with a view of Toftevatnet. From here, try to stay at the same height while hiking towards the gap between Midtre Konge and Inste Konge.

Beyond the gap, there are several slippery sections with large loose rocks. When you finally arrive here, only the climb up the back of the mountain remains. This section of the hike is unprotected and many of the footholds are loose. You can either go straight up the back of the mountain, or stay to the right of the top before climbing the final ridge.

Before you reach the peak you will arrive to a viewpoint looking down at Kongeporten.

Facts

  • Remember to bring water, it is not possible to fill up along the route. 
  • This is is a long and demanding route, so make sure to bring extra food and clothes.

Amenities

  • Free parking
  • Free toilets in the school during summer

Where to stay

Hamn i Senja, Skagi Senja and Mefjord Brygge all offer hotel rooms as well as apartments with self-catering possibilities. Each has a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a bar.

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By Claire Kvalheim Kieffer

Claire is originally from Oslo, but moved to Senja to experience the wild nature of Northern Norway. Check out Claire's many great photos from Senja and all around Norway.

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