Senja Fjords - Arctic, Norway
Hiking in Senja Norway:
Hiking options are innumerable. Go to the tourist office in Finnsnes and ask for the printout hiking map and set of hikes . . . a treasure trove of information. The East Senja hikes cross the island but are not as striking and can be very buggy. The Fjord hikes are what you want. Think short and vertical!! Some of the best are right out of Mefjordvaer town itself
Kayaking in Senja Norway:
Paddling on Senja is a dream. Surprises await across the island if you are able to get on the water on Senja. Given the fjords facing out in every direction, just find the right fjord that day that is protected from the wind and get in the water. There is access at basically every fjord. Note that this is remote country and all safety precautions must be taken. For a great dusk, calmer weather, and possibly even some porpoises, later evening (say 9pm) is the time to out.
Camping in Senja Norway:
Overall, tourist facilities are limited on Senja, as it is not as ‘discovered’ as othe tourist routes. There are a few campground of note on the water (Flakstadvag in Selfjord, or Fjordbotn closer to Finnsnes and the Kvaloya ferry into Bothnam. Additionally (following all guidelines of course) rough camping is available lots of places, including beaches in several fjords.
Driving in Senja Norway:
Driving on Senja is top-notch (just be careful in the tight one-lane tunnels and slow down!). Curvacious roads. So many glorious twist and turns. With so many fjords and tunnels, amazing new vista really do occur at every turn . . . fjord after fjord after fjord . . . each more beautiful than the next. And all so close together! It is genuinely a special experience. The drives into Mefjord and Silfjord provide especially good fjord backdrop views from up on high, and the road into Flakstadvag (Selfjord) provides fantastic views.
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Location: Senja Island, Troms, Norway
Senja could simply be called Fjord Island. Absolutely a world-class fjord destination. A 5-star for Norway, or anywhere else. For starters, think peaceful, vertical, beautiful, and aqua-marine. On the North and West of the island, there are over a dozen small fjords. Virtually all are road-connected to each other (except one small ferry crossing). Plus each faces a somewhat different direction. So one should be able to find a sheltered spot to paddle or hike somewhere on the island on almost any given day.
- Driving the length of the Senja fjords . . . from Bothnam to Flakstadvag
- View down into Melfjord . . . and especially at Mefjorbotn
- Exploring all the arms of Silfjord . . . the full range of pure Senja experience
- The Flakstadvag wall in Selfjord . . . one of a kind
- Especially long, narrow, aqua-marine Gryllefjord
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Interactive Map of The Senja Fjords
Norwegian Place Names:
Mefjord = Mefjorden
Mefjordvaer = Mefjordvær
Selfjord = Selfjorden
Silfjord = Silfjorden
Husoy = Husøy
Map from Finnsnes Tourist Office