Saturday 16th March – Saturday 23rd March 2019
Senja is a compact, yet spectacular gem of an island a situated a little south of Tromso, in the north of Norway, up in the Arctic circle. The mountains are non-glaciated and reach a maximum height of 1000m above the sea. The summits are quite rocky and steep, but also offer good terrain for touring among this spectacular backdrop at all times. Ascents are generally a little shorter than in the Lyngen Alps, but can often be extended, if desired, by combining a couple of summits, or doing a second lap if the snow’s good. Another option is to enjoy the slightly shorter day and come back for a dip in the Arctic sea followed by a sauna!
It’s a fine place to tour with some excellent summits and viewpoints, often with sea on three sides and often giving descents in untracked snow and few other tourers. From where we stay there are a number of great tours within a short drive, with even more touring within an hour or so, in different parts of the island.
We stay in the small village of Mefjordvaer on the northern coast of Senja. Travel is by air via Oslo, to either Tromso, or Harstad/Narvik. From the airport we travel by road for 2-3 hours to Senja. Accommodation is in cabins on the fjord side, with the water lapping on the jetty below, meals are provided in the neighbouring hostelry. We can enjoy locally caught fish straight off the boats.
Coming in March will offer good cold snow and hopefully a chance to see the Northern Lights. Ski and splitboard facilities on Senja are almost non-existent, so it’s easier if you have your own equipment, however, if needed, some hire is possible from Tromso, or from the UK.
If you are interested in this trip please contact us early as trips will often fill up months before departure.