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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 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.

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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

4.1 km · 2 – 4 hr · Demanding

Just 12 km from the ferry terminal in Gryllefjord lies the start of the hike to Sukkertoppen. It’s a great first hike with views of Senja and far out to sea.

If you happen to be on Senja during the time of the midnight sun, this is hike is a great place to get some gorgeous photos.

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

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Flatneset

9.8 km · 3 – 4 hr · Medium

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 zones and finishes near an old fort on the point.

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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.

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Husfjellet

7.6 km · 3 – 4 hr · Medium

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 wonderful views.

At the end of this road lies the tiny village of Bøvær and the fascinating Kråkeslottet cultural house, well worth a visit before or after the hike.

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Tungeneset

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

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Ersfjord Beach

The fine white sand of Ersfjord Beach seems 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 drip in the cold ocean.

Surrounded by tall mountains, Ersfjord beach is the perfect place to relax for a while. It’s 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.

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Russehula

1.9 km · 1 – 2 hr · Easy

A visit to Mefjordvær is not complete without a short walk along the wild coastline. Drive up to the large carpark and hike to Russehula, conntinue further on to Skøyteneset, or up to the Knuten hilltop. This area is also a great spot to camp.

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Barden

6.7 km · 3 – 4 hr · Medium

Barden is popular with locals looking for an easy hike, being not too difficult and with a gradual ascent. The big flat peak, at 659 metres 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 just before the tunnel starts.

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Segla

4 km · 2 – 4 hr · Demanding

If you’re interested in taking a little detour you can continue through the tunnel towards Fjordgård and hike up Segla (639 metres above sea level) for unbeatable views of the surrounding mountains and fjords.

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

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Riven

4.9 km · 1.5 – 2.5 hr · Easy

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.

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