Russehula Hiking Trail

Hike in the footsteps of history near Mefjordvær

Essential info

  • Destination: Senja
  • Season: June-September
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1.9 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 0 meters
  • Duration: 1-2 hours

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About Russehula

This easy hike will introduce you to Senja’s exciting landscape as well as its dramatic history. Starting off from the picturesque fishing village Mefjordvær, you follow a well-laid trail to the historic Russehula, named after Russian explorers who invaded parts of the Norwegian coast in the 1300s.

Rest at Russehula and take advantage of the bonfire spot to prepare your food, or explore the giant’s kettles in the area carved into the mountain by the melting ice during the last ice age. From Russehula you can continue your hike further out to Skøytneset or the legendary site of Senja’s last witch burning, Knutskjærringa.

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

From road 862 (Norwegian Scenic Route Senja) follow the signs towards Senjahopen and Mefjordvær. The turn-off is about 4 kilometers from Ersfjord Beach.

Drive through Mefjordvær and just before the end of the road turn left up the hill. Drive to the end where there is a large parking lot.

If you’re staying in Mefjordvær it’s just a short walk uphill to the trailhead.

Trail description

From the parking lot, look for the trail leading down towards the sea and then to the left. Follow the clear trail which runs along the coast.

If you wish to extend the hike, continue on the same trail to Skøytneset. It’s about 2 kilometers further on from Russehula. For a view from a higher vantage point, you can easily do a detour to the peak Knuten, 109 meters above sea level. From the parking lot, follow the trail to the right.

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Facts

  • From Mefjordvær there are wheelchair accessible tracks in the nearby nature.
  • When traveling to Senja in the summertime, 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.

Amenities

  • Portable toilets by the trailhead
  • Free parking

Where to stay

The area around the trailhead is a great place to camp. There is not a lot of water available though, so bring plenty. Be aware that there are certain restrictions for the right to roam.

There are several accommodation options on the island of Senja, but the closest hotel to this trail is Mefjord Brygge.

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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