Riven Hiking Trail

Hike an easily accessible peak, suitable as an evening hike

Essential info

  • Destination: Senja
  • Season: June-September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 4.9 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 230 meters
  • Duration: 1.5-2.5 hours

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About Riven

With its manageable ascent, Riven might not be the tallest peak, but the view is still priceless. The elevation gain is tackled right from trailhead, and the trail will soon flatten for an easy and enjoyable hike.

Since Riven resides comfortably surrounded by taller peaks, it is sheltered from harsh winds and makes it accessible in less ideal conditions. The hike is suitable for the whole family, but youngsters should be under supervision on the exposed sections of the hike. Hiking boots or shoes with good grip are highly recommended.

Getting there

Parking is located about midway between Fjellsendentunnellen and Riventunnellen, by Trælvikvatnan Lake at the northern end of Senja.

Coming from the south on road 862, pass Mefjordbotn and continue north. Follow the signs to Husøy and make a left at the intersection leading onto road 277. Follow road 277 for about 6.5 kilometers and you will end up at the parking area next to the little lake, Langvatnet. There are multiple small parking spots along the way, if parking at the trailhead is busy.

Trail description

The hike to Riven is a an easy hike, and achievable in the evening, especially during the midnight sun. The trail begins right next to the road, marked by a wooden sign.

Follow the trail up to the power lines and continue northwest under the lines until the trail turns away from the power lines, and passes over the Riven tunnel.

Continuing on the trail after leaving the power lines, you will soon start the last climb to reach the peak at 389 meters above sea level. At the top you will have Keipen, 938 meters above sea level to your left, and the characteristic Segla, 639 meters above sea level, straight ahead. Breidtinden, Senja's highest mountain, lies to the south.

Descend along the same track.

Facts

  • Bring water as natural sources are hard to find

Amenities

  • Free parking

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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