Sandwiched between Tromso in the east and the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands in the west, Senja is often overlooked by international tourists, but it is a favorite of Norwegian tourists.
That’s because Senja is the most natural Arctic Norway. Sea views, icy fjords, rugged mountains, sandy beaches, hiking trails and picturesque fishing villages are all within a few hours’ drive of Norway’s second largest island.
Senja Northern Coastal Road It is one of Norway’s 18 designated national scenic routes, and is a scenic spot specially developed and maintained by the country. The investment keeps the roads in good driving conditions and provides toilet facilities, architectural attractions and viewing points on all routes.
For many tourists, the easiest way to reach Senja is by Ferry from Tromso Go to Finnsnes or Lysnes. To the north of the island, follow Highway 862 for 63 miles. Traveling from east to west, here are some of Senja’s must-see attractions.
The picturesque fishing village of Husøy is just a short distance from the start of the Botnhamn route.
Given its remoteness, you might think that this small island village will become a living museum, but it is still an active fishing community with hundreds of permanent residents. The island is located in Øyfjord, so no matter which angle you look at, there will be impressive scenery.
Mefjordvær is another small fishing village with amazing vitality, worth a short detour along the edge of Mefjord.
The breakwater is an ideal place for a walk. Although there are restrooms here, most other services can be found in nearby Senjahopen.
There are an amazing number of sandy beaches hidden between the fjords and islands in northern Norway. Ersfjordstranda is a perfect example of an Arctic beach. The sandy beach is surrounded by spectacular scenery, but the sea is creepy.
Even if you don’t have the courage to take a dip, Ersfjordstranda is a popular spot for about half of the walking or photography breaks along the way. The gilded angular bathroom building is a landscape in itself.
For many of Senja’s highlights, the Tungeset rest area is known for its jagged Oxon peaks across the Ersfjord. These mountains, known as the jaws of the devil, left a deep impression—especially in bad weather.
A specially constructed wooden walkway guides visitors from the parking lot to the sea in order to better appreciate the open sea and mountains. You will often find photographers spending a day here, waiting for variable lighting conditions to provide the perfect photo.
As the height of the road to the west increases, the landscape presents a new perspective. Bergsbotn’s 144-foot-long viewing platform offers two different views of the fjord and the valley.
The road is very narrow, so watch out for cyclists.Route components European cycle route 1, It embraces most of Norway’s coastline.
Along the less dramatic but equally enjoyable coastal stretch, the route ends at the fishing village of Gryllefjord. In summer, car ferries connect Gryllefjord with Andenes, the northernmost point of the Vesterålen archipelago. This is an important link for those planning to explore northern Norway more extensively. Another of 18 scenic avenues Begins in Andenes.
Hiking in Senja
On an island with so many mountains, challenging hikes and beneficial scenery are commonplace. Sukhtopon This mountain is loved by Norwegian hikers, although the 3-4 hour complete route ends in a steep section, which makes the overall trek very challenging. Husfiele It offers another gentler hike, with views of the Ersfjord and Bergsfjord and the famous Oksen peak.
Finally, some practical tips. Senja has only 8,000 residents, so there are few shops and insufficient inventory. There are gas stations at Botnhamn/Husøy and Gryllefjord at both ends of the route. For budget-conscious people, Ersfjord Beach is a popular campground.