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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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