Senja is an island located along the coast of northern Norway, about 50km southwest of Tromsø. With an area of 1586 km² it's the second largest island in Norway. Its terrain is mostly mountainous and the island extends for about 70km from southwest to northeast and 50km from southeast to northwest at its widest point.
Senja has some pretty impressive scenery, especially along its northwestern coast where a number of peninsulas extend like fingers into the ocean and there are bays with white sand beaches. The climate is relatively mild, considering that Senja lies north of the Arctic circle. The best time to visit Senja is in July and August.
There are a number of hiking trails, of which the one to Mt Segla in the north of the island is one of the most scenic.
Compared to the Lofoten islands, Senja receives a relatively small number of tourists. It has close to 8000 inhabitants. The most important industry is fishing and there is some mining and manufacturing.
How to get to Senja
There is an airport in Bardufoss (60km from Senja). Otherwise Senja can be reached by car or ferry. Accommodation
There are several (pricey) hotels in Senja, all bookable via the international booking portals.
01 Tebbeltuva mountain 02 Tebbeltuva mountain
03 Ersfjord beach 04 Beach 05 Ersfjord beach
06 Beach 07 Ersfjord beach 08 Hatten mountain 09 Hatten mountain 10 Tebbeltuva mountain
11 Beach 12 Ersfjord beach
13 Hatten mountain with snow 14 Beach 15 Ersfjord beach 16 Ersfjord
17 Ersfjord
18 Ersfjord 01 Jesla mountain 02 Jesla mountain
03 Jesla mountain 04 Jesla mountain 05 Ferry car queue
06 Gryllefjord 07 Gryllefjord village 08 Gryllefjord village
09 Andenes–Gryllefjord ferry 10 Andenes–Gryllefjord ferry 11 Gryllefjord harbour 12 Gryllefjord harbour
13 Gryllefjord 14 Realhaugen mountain 15 Realhaugen mountain 16 Andenes–Gryllefjord ferry 17 Andenes–Gryllefjord ferry
18 Andenes–Gryllefjord ferry 19 Gryllefjord 20 Gryllefjord 21 Aquaculture fish farm 22 Aquaculture fish farm
23 Aquaculture fish farm 24 Inkjetinden mountain 25 Andenes–Gryllefjord ferry 26 Glaeret mountain
27 Glaeret mountain 28 Inkjetinden mountain 29 Andenes–Gryllefjord ferry
30 Gryllefjord cliffs 31 Gryllefjord cliffs
32 Senja island 01 Car parking
02 Hikers in Fjordgard 03 Segla mountain 04 Oyfjorden 05 Stavelitippen mountain
06 Trail to Mt Hesten 07 Plankway 08 White flowers 09 White flowers 10 Stavelitippen mountain
11 View over Fjordgard 12 Hesten mountain covered by clouds 13 Hesten mountain summit in clouds 14 Hesten mountain summit in clouds 15 Trail to Mt Hesten summit
16 Trail to Mt Hesten summit 17 Trail to Mt Hesten summit 18 Trail to Mt Hesten summit 19 Trail to Mt Hesten summit 20 Hikers on Hesten mountain
21 View from Mt Hesten 22 View from Mt Hesten 23 Hikers on Hesten mountain 24 Hikers on Hesten mountain
25 View from Stavelitippen-Hesten saddle 26 View from Stavelitippen-Hesten saddle
27 View from Stavelitippen-Hesten saddle 28 Segla mountain
29 View towards Fjordgard 30 Trail to Fjordgard
01 Brensholmen ferry terminal 02 Brensholmen-Botnhamn car ferry
03 Western coast of Kvaloya island
04 Western coast of Kvaloya island 05 Botnhamn harbour 06 Breidtinden mountain
07 Mefjorden 08 Breidtinden mountain 09 Mefjorden
10 Mefjorden
11 Mefjorden 12 Breidtinden mountain 13 Mefjorden fjord
14 Mefjorden fjord 15 Mefjorden fjord
16 Mefjorden fjord 17 Senjahopen
18 Stormoa mountain 19 Nordfjorden in Bergsbotn 20 Hesten mountain
21 Krokelvvatnet lake 22 Skaland tunnel near Stormoa mountain 23 Trongstraumen bridge 24 Coastline near Hamn
25 Hamn i Senja 26 Coastline near Hamn 27 Coastline near Hamn
28 Hamn i Senja
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