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Norwegian Scenic Route Senja: Hiking Trails and Viewpoints

Senja, Norway’s second largest island, is filled with gorgeous viewpoints, spectacular hikes, and charming villages. Norwegian Scenic Route Senja is 102 kilometers long and travels between Gryllefjord and Botnhamn, with detours to the small settlements of Mefjordvær and Husøy. The route is easily one of Norway’s best road trips for adventurers, and can be combined with the Andøya and Lofoten scenic routes to the south.

Some of Senja’s most enticing adventures are easily accessible along the route. Take a relaxing walk along Ersfjord Beach, trek up mighty Husfjellet, or summit challenging Segla, the island’s most popular peak.

Ferries

The ferry between Kvaløya (Tromsø) and Botnhamn takes 35 minutes. The route operates between late April and early September and runs five to seven times per day. Check departure times on Entur (Brensholmen ferjekai, Tromsø to Botnhamn ferjekai, Lenvik).

The ferry between Andenes on Andøya island and Gryllefjord takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and connects Norwegian Scenic Route Senja with the Andøya scenic route. The route operates two to three times per day from May to September. Arrive at the terminal in Andenes 1–2 hours before departure to secure a place on the ferry. Check departure times on Entur (Andenes fergekai, Andøy to Gryllefjord ferjekai, Torsken).

Tips

  • Ersfjord Beach is a popular spot to camp. Read more about where to camp and stay on Senja.
  • Senja is sparsely populated with only 8,000 inhabitants across the island. Do not expect a lot of choice at the small supermarkets or cafés and restaurants. Still, the local shops appreciate your business and it’s a great way to get a feeling for local life.
  • There are few petrol stations on Senja, so plan accordingly. Fill up in Finnsnes if you are coming from the mainland. Along the route, petrol stations can be found in Gryllefjord, Skaland, Senjahopen, Husøy and Botnhamn. You can also find petrol in other parts of Senja, including Silsand, Gibostad and Stonglandseidet.
  • Mobile connections can be spotty with all the mountains, so don’t count on having 3G everywhere you travel on Senja.

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Gryllefjord to Botnhamn

Sukkertoppen

Senja

Hiking Trail
Demanding
4.1 km · 2 – 4 hr

Sukkertoppen

Just 12 kilometers from the ferry terminal in Gryllefjord lies the start of the trail to Sukkertoppen.

It’s a great first hike with the narrow peak reaching 455 meters above the ocean and delivering views of the island and far out to sea. This trail is an excellent place to take photos of the midnight sun.

There is a good amount of parking at the trailhead, or leave the car at Hamn i Senja resort.

Read more about Sukkertoppen

Flatneset

Senja

Hiking Trail
Medium
9.8 km · 3 – 4 hr

Flatneset

While the tall mountain peaks of Senja appeal to many, the coastal hike out to Flatneset is a more family-friendly and relaxed option. The route travels through protected nature areas and finishes near an old fort on the point.

Read more about Flatneset

Bergsbotn

Senja

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Bergsbotn

Located on a bend in the road, the Bergsbotn viewpoint has an iconic 44-meter long platform offering beautiful views of the Bergsfjord and the Bergsbotn village down below.

Read more about Bergsbotn

Husfjellet

Senja

Hiking Trail
Medium
7.6 km · 3 – 4 hr

Husfjellet

If you have half a day spare, consider a detour to Skaland. From the Berg church, the trail to Husfjellet offers one of Senja’s easier mountain hikes while delivering striking views.

At the end of this road lies the tiny village of Bøvær with its white sandy beach, well worth a visit before or after the hike.

Read more about Husfjellet

Tungeneset

Senja

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Tungeneset

At the tip of the promontory between Steinfjord and Ersfjord sits this beautifully designed wooden walkway leading out over the rocks. Marvel at the jagged Okshornan mountain range, also known as Devil’s Jaw.

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Ersfjord Beach

Senja

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Ersfjord Beach

The fine white sands of Ersfjord Beach seem almost tropical until you step out of the car and feel a chill in the air. Such a beautiful beach begs you to run in and go for a swim but only the bravest souls dare to take a dip in the cold ocean.

Ersfjord Beach is one of the island’s most popular camping spots and has some basic facilities. Arrive early if you want to secure a good spot in summer.

Read more about Ersfjord Beach

Russehula

Senja

Hiking Trail
Easy
1.9 km · 1 – 2 hr

Russehula

A visit to Mefjordvær is not complete without a short walk along the wild coastline.

Drive through the village and up to the large carpark and hike down to Russehula. From here, continue further on to Skøyteneset, or return and head up to the Knuten hilltop.

This area is also a great spot to camp.

Read more about Russehula

Barden

Senja

Hiking Trail
Medium
6.7 km · 3 – 4 hr

Barden

Barden is popular with locals looking for an easy hike, under 7 kilometers out-and-back and with a gradual ascent. The big flat peak, at 659 meters above sea level, offers plenty of room to relax and enjoy the fjord views on both sides.

Just east of Medfjordbotn, look for the turnoff to Fjordgård. Turn here and park in the area by the tunnel entrance.

Read more about Barden

Segla

Senja

Hiking Trail
Demanding
4 km · 2 – 4 hr

Segla

If you’re interested in taking a little detour you can continue through the tunnel towards Fjordgård and hike up Segla, arguably the island’s most popular trail.

The ridge that leads to the top is quite steep and can be a bit challenging if you are not fond of heights. The fearless can carefully peer over the edge to witness the sheer drop towards the ocean below.

Read more about Segla

Riven

Senja

Hiking Trail
Easy
4.9 km · 1.5 – 2.5 hr

Riven

A 12 kilometer detour from the main road brings you to the gorgeous islet of Husøy. On the way there or back, stop by the side of the road and take the short hike up to Riven for views of the tiny island sitting in the Øyfjord.

Read more about Riven

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