Breidtinden Hiking

Hike Senja's highest mountain peak

Essential info

  • Destination: Senja
  • Season: May–October
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Distance: 6.7 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 980 meters
  • Duration: 4–6 hours

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About Breidtinden

Want to get the best view of Senja and at the same time get a real adrenaline kick? Breidtinden can definitely give you both, as the views from Senja’s highest peak are awesome and the trail up is steep and exciting.

Breidtinden can be seen from far away and provides great views of Mefjorden, Segla and Barden.

Due to the difficulty of this trail, and exposure at certain parts towards the top, you should avoid this adventure in bad weather or if you have a fear of heights.

Getting there

The trailhead starts between Mefjordbotn and Senjahopen by Svarthola. You will find a small parking lot on the side of the road closer to the ocean and the trail starts about 25 meters northwest of this location.

There is no bus stop close to the trailhead so arriving there by car is your best option. 

Trail description

Find the trailhead located along the road close to Svarthola. The trail is easy and well-marked all the way up to the lake, Breitindsvatnet.

After passing Breitindsvatnet, the trail gets steeper and as you get higher up the mountain, you quickly arrive to the more difficult sections. You need to follow the trail along the ridge of the mountain all the way up to the top. Make sure you do not go too far to the right as this only leads you to a peak 50 meters below the main peak. The peak of Breidtinden itself is rather small, but it has room for about 10 or so people.

The ridge up to the peak is very steep at times so this adventure is not recommended in bad weather and you should be comfortable dealing with heights.

Where to stay

Mefjord Brygge and Skaland Motell are your closest accommodation options to this adventure. You can also choose to stay in Finnsnes which is about hour drive from the trailhead. 

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