When you travel across the island of Senja along Road 862, the vantage point at Bergsbotn is the first place where you can once again see the ocean.

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Bergsbotn. Photo: Espen Bergersen,

The viewing platform is a steel construction with a wooden cover, 44 metres in length. The construction dramatizes the experience of the location and the view. In high winds, you can observe how the frontal part moves and sways in the wind. The vantage point is accessible for wheelchair users.

To Bergsbotn


Espenes between Kinasarvik and Odda has served as a rest area on National Road 13 along Sørfjorden for a long time.

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Fullført: 2022
Photo: Lage Bakken, Statens vegvesen

The old rest area was a lay-down area when the national road was being upgraded, and remained as a large flat gravel surface in the otherwise very steep and hilly landscape.

The place has now been given a makeover. Through the Scenic Routes programme, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration has built a new and exciting tourist route facility with parking, green areaa, furniture, toilets and a pavilion with a splendid view.

The distinctive feature of this facility is a 64-metre-long and 4-metre-wide structure in stainless steel, with 12 roof modules of varying heights. The roof structure is held up by massive steel pillars on a concrete base plate. The welded steel plates are 6 mm thick and weigh a total of 31 tonnes.

The highest part near the road contains three regular toilets and one with disability access, while seating areas under the low roof structure offer a great view to the north along Sørfjorden. Under the roof vaults, the visitor will experience different sections of the landscape space along with the changing reflections of the light in the steel.

Road travellers have access to a car park with room for 14 cars, parking bays for two buses and a waste disposal facility. From the car park to the service building runs a concrete-covered path that provides universal access. The furniture groups are scattered around in the area, some under cover and some out on the grass.

To Espenes


Tungeneset on the island of Senja is located on National Road 862 at the tip of a promontory between two fjords.

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Tungeneset. Photo: Trine Kanter Zerwekh, Statens vegvesen

The rest area is a popular spot to experience the midnight sun and the spectacular view, with the Arctic Ocean to the west and the Okshornan row of peaks to the north. A walkway built of Siberian larch invites you down to the waterline, making nature accessible and tangible. The railing surrounding the car park is lit up during the dark season. The service facilities have been given a highly visible placement to mark the location for motorists, but when seen from down by the waterline its profile blends in with the landscape.

To Tungeneset


Utsikten at Gaularfjellet is one of the magnificent vantage points along this route.

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"Utsikten". Photo: Jiri Havran, Statens vegvesen

The rest area is located on the top of the ascent from Vetlefjorden when driving towards Moskog. From this point, you can enjoy a spectacular view over a verdant and scenic landscape, through which National Road 13 winds up the hillside. The main objective of this rest area is to provide a vantage point whose design makes optimal use of the location. The vantage point will mainly be constructed in the form of a triangular concrete platform with corners pointing north, south and west. The idea is to establish a form that encourages physical activity, but that can also be used actively as a social and cultural arena.

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