Senja is often described as a miniature Norway. On the western side of the island sit dramatic mountains that plummet right down into the Atlantic ocean, as well as beautiful sandy beaches.
In the east the landscape softens with birch woods and small farms. To the south, by Ånderdalen National Park, lie pine tree forests, lakes, and wetlands. Small fishing villages showcase the local spirit and hospitality. All of the areas offer excellent opportunities to hike, explore, and learn about the local cultural heritage.
The best way to explore Senja is by car. It’s easy to simply park by the side of the road and hike up into the mountains, or enjoy all of the roadside attractions. Driving around the island takes four to six hours depending on the number of detours along the fjords in the western part of the island.
Wild camping provides some of the best experiences on Senja, whether by staying along the popular beaches or trekking into the woods for some true solitude. There are campgrounds with facilities available as well as self-catering apartments and full-service hotels.
Senja is quickly becoming popular among adventure lovers in Norway. The combination of natural wonders similar to the Lofoten islands and the lower volume of tourists, makes Senja such a tempting destination.