Flatneset Hiking Trail

Take in the dramatic beauty of Senja on a family-friendly coastal trail

Essential info

  • Destination: Senja
  • Season: June-September
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 9.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 110 meters
  • Duration: 3-4 hours

About Flatneset

The island of Senja is an island of contrasts from the flat seashore to the steep, jagged mountain sides shooting up from the ocean. The family-friendly trail from Straumsnes to Flatneset takes you on an easy hike along the water’s edge and offers amazing views without demanding an exhausting climb first.

Parts of the landscape you’ll see on the way are protected under Norwegian law because of their cultural and biological significance. The nature on Senja is quite varied and described by some as a “cross-section” of Norwegian nature containing fjords, mountains, and forest, all in one place.

Weather conditions can swiftly change on the island so be prepared for wet, foggy and cold weather as well as dry. It might also be wise to invest in a map of the area you’ll be hiking in and a compass. 

Getting there

On road 86 (Norwegian Scenic Route Senja), just east of Finnsæter and Senjatrollet is a steel suspension bridge. On the eastern side of the bridge, take the small road towards Straumsnes. Then take a quick right and head towards the end of the road.

Park by the power station.

Trail description

The trail begins by the power station and follows the seashore around the inlet and then out to the point at Flatneset.

By the end of the trail is an old fort from World War II.

Return along the same path.

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  • When traveling to Senja in the summer time, you will see the midnight sun adding to the already extraordinary experience of visiting the island.
  • There are several fishing and hunting possibilities on the island. For fishing in the lakes you need to pay for permission, but fishing in the ocean is free. For hunting you likewise need a special permit.

Where to stay

There are several accommodation options on the island of Senja, but the two closest to this trail would be Hamn in Senja and Skagi Senja hotel & lodge. You can also chose to camp outdoors, just be aware that there are certain restrictions to the right to roam.

For a complete overview of accommodation possibilities and additional information for tourists on Senja, please visit Senja’s official travel guide online.


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