The steep mountains plunging deep into the ocean are a breathtaking sight and the most prominent feature of this stretch.
The road twists and turns along fjords with crystal clear, icy-cold waters. So cold that no matter how inviting the beaches
with their pure white coral sand appear, going for a swim is only for the hardiest among us. At times the road is narrow and
winding, and there are passing places here and there to allow cars to pass each other ‒ so it’s best to take it easy. At Bergsbotn
you will find a viewing platform that lifts you above the magnificent surroundings, allowing you to look out over Bergsfjorden
to the ocean in the background. The drive continues in a dramatic and challenging landscape, and you will find tiny fishing
villages and houses clinging to the most surprising spots. Senja reflects the robustness and hardship of a time when people
had to survive on fishing and agriculture that yielded little, but the island also reveals a less harsh side with its sheltered
fjord inlets. And above all, it is so beautiful that you will wonder why you haven’t found your way here before.
It’s not just the scenery that is special on Senja. The story-telling tradition is not something you can spot from your car
window, but it is as rich as the landscape. Two of the best-known stories are Senjatrollet – the tale of the troll who was seen on both land and sea, and Mannen i Ausa – the story of how the Ausa mountain got a face as well as eyes. Amid the stunning scenery daily life was hard for those
who lived here, and this is also reflected in the stories.
Senja is like an enormous playground for outdoor types who like a challenge. For everyone who wants to do hiking, paddling,
diving or freeriding down steep hills, Senja is an eldorado. There are ample opportunities to explore nature. There are also
less demanding activities that both big and small can find pleasure in. Find one of the many lovely beaches, follow the ebb
of the water and run back when the waves crash into shore without being caught by the icy-cold water. Sometimes that’s all
it takes to have fun.