Best of Senja

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Senja
Senja, Norway’s second-largest island, sits far above the Arctic Circle waiting for you to visit and take in the Northern Lights or Midnight Sun. It’s easily reachable from Tromsø and Lofoten but has minimal crowds, despite a landscape that earned it the nickname “the fairytale island.”

Glide over the clear turquoise water on a sea kayak tour that will take you between the many small surrounding islets and their white beaches, alongside resident seals and eagles. In the summer, a midnight excursion by boat will take you out onto the water to experience the late-night sun over the sea; once the winter arrives, kimkim travelers can enjoy a snowshoeing tour to pad their way through the landscape.
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Discover the unbeatable fjord scenery of Norway
Best Scenic Experiences in Norway

Norway is one of the most scenic countries in the world, with over 60,000 miles of coastline, towering mountain peaks, incredible fjord landscapes, endless islets, and a mix of marine wildlife. So if you're looking for a trip that will take your breath away, Norway is it. Discover the unique beauty of the Arctic Circle, explore the dense forests and tall cliffs of the fjords, and embrace some of the country's famous scenic viewpoints.

Experience the Norwegian scenery with dogsledding
Top Dogsledding Experiences in Norway

Dogsledding is one of those quintessential Norwegian activities that you can enjoy throughout the country's northern reaches in wintertime. From the charming eastern village of Røros to the city of Tromsø or the northern hub of Alta, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy this cultural experience. Even in the summer months, you can still hike with the Huskies and learn about their lives outside of winter.

Senja Itineraries

Senja's craggy peaks attract photographers from around the globe
Map of Tromsø & Senja Winter Excursion - 5 Days
Tromsø & Senja Winter Excursion - 5 Days

This quick-paced yet relaxed Nordic itinerary hits two key spots above the Arctic Circle for travelers keen on skipping high season crowds. You'll start in Tromsø with two days to explore the 'Paris of the North' by foot. From here, travel to Senja, Norway's 2nd largest island, where a local guide who will show you otherworldly coastline, wildlife, fishing villages, and inland lakes and forests. Finish with a Hurtigruten ride through the Norwegian Sea to complete this off-the-beaten-path adventure.

Senja offers plenty of drool-worthy vantage points
Map of Senja Island Summer Hiking Excursion - 5 Days
Senja Island Summer Hiking Excursion - 5 Days

Hiking enthusiasts who seek jaw-dropping scenery will find plenty to gawk at on this five-day road trip. Norway’s second largest island, called Senja, is just as magnificent as the more traveled Lofoten islands. Driving from Tromsø, you'll make your way to the island for two full days of hiking. Finish with a night in Norway's buzzing capital to round out this awesome adventure.

Tromsø coastline
Map of Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip:  Tromsø & Senja - 7 Days
Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip: Tromsø & Senja - 7 Days

Explore northern Norway at your own speed with this self-drive itinerary. Seven days allows you sufficient time to explore the city of Tromsø and its historic streets, hike around isolated islands like Senja and Sommarøy, and sea safari alongside the fjord wildlife on your journey.

Feed reindeer at a traditional Sami village
Map of Winter Family Trip to Norway: Tromsø & Senja  - 7 Days
Winter Family Trip to Norway: Tromsø & Senja - 7 Days

For a trip to inspire adults and kids alike, spend a week in Norway's wintry north. Starting in historic Tromsø, you'll travel to a Sámi camp and then to the small coastal village of Mefjord Brygge. Along the way, you'll meet the locals, get up close to reindeer, and go dogsledding. You'll even see the spectacular northern lights from some of Norway's best viewing spots—making this holiday the adventure of a lifetime!

View of Ornfjorden on the beautiful Norwegian island of Senja
Map of Tromsø & Senja: Best Itinerary Ideas
Tromsø & Senja: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Norway typically plan a trip for seven to eight days when combining both Tromsø and Senja with Andenes. For travelers wanting to visit Tromsø and Senja exclusively, plan five to six days for a well-paced trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as four days. For the best itineraries, including Tromsø and Senja, keep reading below.

Discover the best of northern Norway between Tromsø and Senja
Map of Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip: Tromsø, Senja, Vesterålen & Narvik - 10 Days
Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip: Tromsø, Senja, Vesterålen & Narvik - 10 Days

Take yourself on a 10-day journey through the Arctic landscapes of northern Norway with this glorious self-drive itinerary. You'll explore the craggy coasts, isolated islands, and extensive networks of hiking trails via boat safaris, kayak tours, and your own two legs. Learn about Norwegian history, try to spot eagles, and pet some dogsled huskies along the way.

Catch glimpses of the Northern Lights when the skies are clear
Map of Tromsø & Senja Winter Adventure - 9 Days
Tromsø & Senja Winter Adventure - 9 Days

This active winter trip gets to the heart of Northern Norway's spectacular snow-covered scenery. Starting in Tromsø, you'll explore the 'Paris of the North' before transferring to Trapper's Farm where you'll participate in a unique, yet cozy experience involving fishing and dogsledding in the wilderness. Then bus to Norway's 2nd largest island—Senja—for whale watching and snowshoeing along the stunning Arctic coast.

Take the kids to explore Tromsø, "Gateway to the Arctic"
Map of Winter Family Adventure in Northern Norway - 10 Days
Winter Family Adventure in Northern Norway - 10 Days

Looking for the family-friendly Norwegian adventure of a lifetime? Starting in Tromsø, "Gateway to the Arctic," you and your family will continue to historic Alta and Senja Island. Along the way, you'll get up close to reindeer, huskies, and whales, learn to snowshoe and cross-country ski, tour an igloo hotel, and, of course, hunt the northern lights. This trip will surely give your family more than a few exciting memories and stories to tell!

The small, charming fishing village of Nyksund the Vesterålen archipelago
Map of Tromsø, Senja & Vesterålen: Best Itinerary Ideas
Tromsø, Senja & Vesterålen: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that a week to eight days is perfect for a well-paced Norway trip with stops in Tromsø, Senja, and Vesterålen. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in five or six days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some favorite itinerary extensions include Oslo, Lofoten Islands, or Finnsnes. Keep reading for more inspiring Tromsø, Senja, and Vesterålen itineraries.

Embark on an epic self-drive vacation through wintry Scandinavia
Map of Finland, Norway & Sweden Self-Drive: Lappland in Winter - 21 Days
Finland, Norway & Sweden Self-Drive: Lappland in Winter - 21 Days

Hit the road on a self-drive adventure that will take you from the Arctic Circle in Finland to the glimmering fjords of Norway and back down into Sweden. As you go, explore a snowy wonderland while enjoying cold-weather activities like dogsledding, ice climbing, snowshoeing, and skiing. Other highlights include whale watching, horseback riding, and witnessing miraculous natural phenomena like the northern lights.

Summertime adventures stay golden above the Arctic Circle
Map of Midnight Sun Road Trip in Arctic Norway - 8 Days
Midnight Sun Road Trip in Arctic Norway - 8 Days

This adventurous weeklong road trip from late May to late August begins and ends in Tromsø, the country's gateway to the Arctic, where—during summer months—the sun never sets on these gorgeous views. From here, you'll journey through rugged landscapes of Norway's second largest island (Senja), and partake in active outings like cycling, kayaking, and swimming before ferrying to another less-populated island (Andøya) where spotting whales is practically a guarantee. Hike the coastal trail on the Queen’s Route before heading back to Tromsø for a few more nights of Scandinavian fun.

The village of Reine stays golden under a Midnight Sun
Map of Best of Norway's Arctic Islands - 13 Days
Best of Norway's Arctic Islands - 13 Days

This fun and fast-paced itinerary explores the best of Norway's stunning Arctic coast. Starting from Tromsø, the 'Paris of the North', you'll head to Senja island, the Vesterålen Islands, and Lofoten Islands, respectively. Choose between a number of scenic outdoor activities as you travel by rental car and Hurtigruten cruise—all under the extended daylight hours of the 'Midnight Sun'—for the ultimate summer adventure.

Children (and adults) will thrill to a swing over a Norwegian fjord
Map of Summer Family Adventure in Northern Norway & the Fjords - 10 Days
Summer Family Adventure in Northern Norway & the Fjords - 10 Days

For families seeking adventure and wildlife amid the beauty of Norway's fjords and northern shores, look no further than this perfectly curated 10-day trip. Journey through dramatic mountains and waterfalls on one of the world's steepest railways before traveling above the Arctic Circle to experience the midnight sun. Along the way, you'll sail through fjords, spot sea eagles and dolphins, ride cable cars along mountain peaks, and zipline the highest of Bergen's mountains.

Family time in Norway
Map of Epic Northern  Norway &  Lofoten Islands Summer Family Adventure - 14 Days
Epic Northern Norway & Lofoten Islands Summer Family Adventure - 14 Days

Travel above the Arctic Circle with this relaxed two-week family adventure that starts in Tromsø and whisks you to the island of Senja and the Lofoten archipelago. Travel through northern Norway's dramatic peaks and discover secluded sandy coves as you cruise through breathtaking fjords and experience the phenomenon of the midnight sun. Along the way, hike with huskies, spot gigantic sea eagles, and discover tiny fishing villages where time stands still.

Northern Lights in Senja, Norway's 2nd largest island
Map of Autumn in Northern Norway - 11 Days
Autumn in Northern Norway - 11 Days

Skip the summer crowds with this autumn-themed itinerary in Norway's far north. The adventure begins in Tromsø—'Gateway to the Arctic'—with time to explore the city and a nearby farm. From here, you'll ferry to Senja island and then cruise to the northernmost point of Europe. Continue by bus to Alta for UNESCO-listed rock carvings before returning to Tromsø. Activities depend on the snow (or lack thereof), and each night presents another opportunity to spot the Northern Lights.

Experience the midnight sun during this 16-day road trip through Norway
Map of Summer Road Trip in Northern Norway: Tromsø, Senja & Lofoten - 16 Days
Summer Road Trip in Northern Norway: Tromsø, Senja & Lofoten - 16 Days

Experience outdoor adventures and endless summer days above the Arctic Circle with this 16-day northern Norway road trip. Go hiking with huskies in the countryside around Tromsø, then grab your rental car and drive to Senja Island to spot wildlife on a sailing cruise. Continue into the Lofoten archipelago to hop between colorful fishing villages, kayak under the midnight sun, and trek to rugged peaks. Take the overnight Hurtigruten Ferry back to Tromsø and end your trip with a glacier hiking experience.

Summertime adventures stay golden above the Arctic Circle
Map of Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip - 12 Days
Arctic Norway Summer Road Trip - 12 Days

This 12-day road trip starts from Tromsø, Norway's 'Gateway to the Arctic', where—in May, June, and July—the sun never sets on these gorgeous views. From here, you'll steer yourself through the rugged landscapes of Senja island and partake in active outings before ferrying across to another less-populated island (Andøya) where spotting whales is practically a guarantee. Hike a coastal trail before heading back to the lively city of Tromsø for a few more nights of Scandinavian fun.

A summer evening in the village of Reine
Map of Summer Road Trip:  Norway's West Coast - 7 Days
Summer Road Trip: Norway's West Coast - 7 Days

This lightly-trafficked, summertime road trip is a great way to experience Northern Norway's stunning coastline from late May to early September. The adventure starts with a half-day in Tromsø—"Paris of the North"—before you continue to Sommarøy, the first of many islands. You'll then take car ferries to Senja island and Andoya island to enjoy remote nature where fewer travelers venture. Finish the adventure in Lofoten's stunning, and yes, more popular, islands for hiking and kayaking while based in the charming village of Reine.

In the Norwegian Arctic, it doesn't get more beautiful than the Lofoten Islands
Map of Remote Luxury in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 7 Days
Remote Luxury in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 7 Days

Get ready for a week of luxury under the midnight sun on this self-drive adventure around Norway's famous Lofoten Islands. Hop between the dramatic mountain peaks, unspoiled beaches, and picturesque fishing villages of the 80-island archipelago, overnighting in unique accommodations that range from 4-star resorts to beautifully restored beachside fishing cabins. In between island road trips, guided whale watching, kayaking, and hiking excursions will give you a closer look at the region and its nature.

Summertime adventures stay golden above the Arctic Circle
Map of Summer Road Trip: Midnight Sun in Norways Arctic - 14 Days
Summer Road Trip: Midnight Sun in Norways Arctic - 14 Days

This two-week adventure is ideal for travelers who want to make the most of Norway's summer. Start off exploring southern Norway (Oslo, Bergen and the Sognefjord) before flying to the Arctic Circle. From here, you'll rent a car and head to the rugged island of Senja for an active two days of cycling and kayaking before ferrying to smaller Andenes for whale watching. The adventure ends in lively Tromsø and Oslo for festivals and outdoor restaurants.

Spend several nights in the Lofoten Islands looking for the colorful display
Map of Chasing the Northern Lights in Norway's Arctic in Winter - 15 Days
Chasing the Northern Lights in Norway's Arctic in Winter - 15 Days

This fast-paced—and very active—winter tour in Norway is not for the faint of heart. Starting and ending in Tromsø, the gateway to the Arctic, you'll set course on a 15-day itinerary partaking in horseback riding, dog and reindeer sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cruising the water by kayak, speedboat, and Hurtigruten. Of course, each night provides an opportunity to see the northern lights to round out your arctic adventure.

You'll have countless changes to spot the northern lights on this 16-day road trip through Norway
Map of Northern Lights Adventures in Northern Norway: Road Trip to Senja, Svolvær & Tromsø - 16 Days
Northern Lights Adventures in Northern Norway: Road Trip to Senja, Svolvær & Tromsø - 16 Days

Chase adventure and the northern lights on this epic 16-day road trip through the Arctic landscapes of northern Norway. Beginning and ending in Tromsø, you'll loop your way across to the Lofoten Islands, spending two nights at the spectacular Aurora Borealis Observatory on Senja Island en route. Between scenic drives and ferries, a packed itinerary of outdoor excursions awaits—including reindeer sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dogsledding, whale watching, and more.

Watch the midnight sun from a seaside soaking tub in Senja (photo courtesy of Hamn i Senja)
Map of Remote Luxury in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 10 Days
Remote Luxury in Norway's Lofoten Islands - 10 Days

Get behind the wheel for a once-in-a-lifetime road trip through dazzling Arctic Norway. This self-drive adventure will take you to the UNESCO-listed Lofoten Islands for mountain hikes, kayaking, whale watching, and stylish stays in memorable locations. There will also be plenty of time to soak up the midnight sun in outdoor hot tubs amid prime views of fjords and mountain peaks. Finish with a stopover in the city of Tromsø for a charter fishing trip to catch prized halibut—which you'll enjoy later for dinner.

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