Barden Hiking Trail

Enjoy a local favorite and one of Senja’s famous peaks

Essential info

  • Destination: Senja
  • Season: June–September
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 6.7 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 590 meters
  • Duration: 3–4 hours

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About Barden

The trek to Barden is a moderate hike very popular with locals. It’s one of the most accessible peaks on the northern end of Senja. The peak sits at 659 meters above sea level.

From the top there are views of two nearby fjords, Mefjord and Øyfjord, as well as SeglaBreidtinden and many other surrounding mountains. The mountain rises up vertically from the ocean and the large, flat peak is a great place to relax and enjoy the views. It is also suited for camping.

The first part of the hike can be quite wet so waterproof footwear is recommended. If you are looking for a longer day hike, you can continue from the top on to Segla.

Getting there

The trailhead starts by Mefjordbotn in northern Senja. Coming from the west along road 862, turn left after Medfjordbotn and head towards Fjordgård. Park in the small parking lot before the tunnel.

Trail description

The trailhead begins from the side of the road by the parking lot, along with the trails to Daven and Keipen.

The first part of the trail ascends through a marshy area and can be quite wet. Follow the trail up to the top of the ridge. At the top, continue to the left towards Barden.

The trail follows the ridge becoming a bit steeper and exposed but never too much. Continuing on, you will arrive at the plateau and the top of Barden. The large area is well suited for camping, but remember to take water. 

Return along the same trail.

Extend the trail

From the top of Barden you can continue along to Segla and down to Fjordgård.

Facts

  • Bring water as natural sources are hard to find

Where to stay

Hamn i Senja and Mefjord Brygge both 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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