Self-driving the 111 miles (178 km) from Norway's largest city in the north, Tromsø to Senja, a nearby island known for its dramatic scenery is the most popular option. During the summer months, a car ferry runs from Tromsø, adding another option for traveling to Senja via Andenes–Gryllefjord and Brensholmen–Botnhamn routes.
Senja is a haven for outdoor and adventure lovers. Northern lights are abundant in the winter months, and wildlife spotting is very possible. You may see moose, eagles, seals, and even reindeer. Hike during the summer season in Ånderdalen National Park and the iconic peak of Segla, whale watching, or hit the water for kayaking in the extended daylight during the midnight sun.
Duration: 3-4 hours
It's a short jaunt from Tromsø to Senja, and driving directly will have you on the island in about two and a half hours. It's wise to allow some extra time to stop and take in the scenery along the way though. Take E8 to Nordkjosbotn and then veer onto E6 to Moen where you'll get on Fv855 to Finnsnes.
From there, drivers will take Fv861 onto the island of Senja. Snowshoeing and husky sled adventures are popular winter activities, as well as waiting up for the northern lights. Summer is perfect for wildlife safaris, hiking epic peaks, and deep-sea fishing in Mikkelbostad, on the island of Dyrøya; a village dating back to the Stone Ages.
Duration: 6-6.5 hours
The well-known cruise line, Hurtigruten, stops at Finnsnes twice a day, the gateway to Senja, and Harstad from Tromsø. Both villages are good bases for then exploring neighboring Senja via excursions or on your own with a car rental. You'll get to experience the wonders of Norway's fjord landscape from the vantage point of the water. Public buses run from Finnsnes to Senja and Dyrøy as well. The summer season provides more options for ferry services and high-speed boat services too.