Breidtinden Hiking Trail

Hike Senja’s highest mountain peak

Essential info

  • Destination: Senja
  • Season: June-September
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Distance: 7.3 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 980 meters
  • Duration: 4-6 hours

About Breidtinden

Trek to the top of Breidtinden and stand on top of Senja’s highest mountain, 1,001 meters above sea level. Find 360 degree views of Senja including Barden and Segla.

Due to the difficulty of this trail, which includes some climbing and exposure along the ridge towards the top, avoid this adventure unless you’re an experienced hiker and do not have a fear of heights.

With Breidtinden’s altitude, the top can often be clouded over, so check the weather forecast before setting out. Do not hike the trail in bad weather.

The area around Breitindvatnet lake is well suited for camping, perfect for an early morning attack on the peak.

Getting there

The trailhead starts from the side of the road between Senjahopen and Mefjordbotn. There is a small parking lot on the ocean side and the trail starts about 25 meters along the road towards Senjahopen.

Trail description

The trail is easy and well-marked all the way up past Svartholvatnet lake to Breitindvatnet lake.

After passing the lake, the trail starts to become considerably steeper. As you gain in altitude, you quickly reach more difficult sections.

Follow the trail along the ridge all the way up to the top. There is some climbing required, with narrow and slippery sections. Do not go too far to the right as this leads to a peak 50 meters below the main peak. The top of Breidtinden is rather small, but it has room for about 10 people.

Enjoy the panoramic views before descending along the same trail.

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  • Water is available along the route

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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