Bergsbotn.
Bergsbotn. Photo: Jarle Wæhler, Statens vegvesen

Ocean, fjords and mountains

The drive offers a journey through constantly changing landscape with fjords, mountains and vibrant villages sheltered from the expanse of ocean.

The steep mountains plunging deep into the ocean are a breathtaking sight and the most prominent feature of this stretch. The road is narrow here and there as it twists and turns along fjords with crystal clear, icy-cold waters. 

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 landscape on a road which is occasionally quite narrow and winding, and you will find tiny fishing villages and houses clinging to the most surprising spots.

 

Travel information

Length
102 km
MASL
0 - 287

Norwegian Scenic Route Senja runs from Gryllefjord to Botnhamn, with short detours to Mefjordvær and Husøy (Road 86/862) and together with Norwegian Scenic Route Andøya it provides an outer alternative to Euroroute 6 and the Hurtigruten coastal express.  Since Senja is an island you must cross the bridge from the mainland (Euroroute 6 via Finnsnes) or take the ferry from Tromsø. Senja and Andøya are also linked by ferry. 

Traffic and road information

Telephone +47 815 48 991

Traffic alerts in map (Norwegian only)

GPS, Botnhamn:
69.505833, 17.902222
GPS, Gryllefjord:
69.362778, 17.053889

In the summer season the ferry from Gryllefjord - Andenes links the Senja and Andøya Scenic Routes. The summer ferry from Botnhamn - Brensholmen can be your route from Senja to Tromsø.

Experiences

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.

High mountains and coastal landscapes provide an abundance of hiking options on Senja, and even the easiest walks offer great experiences. Not far from Hamn you will find Sukkertoppen, a challenging mountain hike with stunning views both along the way and from the top. Husfjellet is a far gentler hike that offers great photo opportunities of Mount Oksen with its sharp peaks. The walk to Russehula near Mefjordvær lets you experience closeness to both mountains and sea. On Senja, your options are plentiful. The island has many visitors all year, but there are still many quiet paths and places where you can enjoy the peace and the view on your own.

The outer side of Senja is known for its wild coastal landscape and the route will probably be experienced as relatively hilly for cyclists, but it is absolutely manageable. There are a number of natural places to stop, such as the rest area at Tungeneset, and the viewpoint at Bergsbotn. In addition there are many lovely beaches you can visit. Why not make a detour to Bøvær (6 km) and Mefjordvær (6 km), and a stop at Hamn?

Norwegian Scenic Route Senja is part of National Cycle Route 1, which runs along the entire coast of Norway. From Bergen to Nordkapp the route also coincides with the EuroVelo 1 «Atlantic Coast Route». The route is signposted.

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration builds infrastructure in the form of rest areas and viewpoints along Norwegian Scenic Routes. We kindly ask that questions regarding tourist information be directed to local and regional tourism operators.

Useful links

The 18 Norwegian Scenic Routes

The Norwegian Scenic Routes attraction comprises 18 selected drives through beautiful Norwegian nature. The experience is enhanced by innovative architecture and thought-provoking works of art at designated viewpoints and picnic areas. The development project is being carried out by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

All Scenic Routes