Norway is known for its breathtaking scenic roads that contain plenty of overwhelming viewpoints. One of these scenic roads is located on Senja, a magnificent rugged island in Northern Norway. Driving along this road is a feast for the eyes. Senja is a fascinating island and I instantly loved it once I set foot on it.
Ferry to Senja
To get there we take the boat from Andoya, the island we visited the previous days. After a very bumpy ride of one and a half hours over a chaotic sea we arrive in quiet waters. It’s a relief when Gryllefjord is in sight. Gryllefjord is a tiny fishing village. From this village starts the scenic route along the coast and the mountains and through a large number of dark tunnels. When we enter the fjord the sea is calm. It’s such a serene place. This first serene impression of Senja sets the tone for the rest of the day. Senja is one of the most beautiful islands I have ever visited. A pristine island where countless landscapes merge together into an impressive natural site.
The tourist route
The tourist route runs along a succession of beautiful landscapes. Senja is quiet, rugged and has a lot of natural beauty. Small rocky and sandy beaches, high mountains with white tops, lakes that are sometimes still half frozen, waterfalls falling down the mountain walls. It’s mid-June but it’s clearly visible that the cold season said goodbye only a few days ago. Senja is a green oasis that is regularly interrupted by dark tunnels dug into rocky mountains and by rocky cliffs rising up from the sea.
On the way to Fjorgard, our final destination on the 102 km long tourist route that leads to Botnhamn, we visit two well known view points. As promised by the tourist routes of Norway, these are places where design and nature are meeting each other. This architectural delights are designed by young Norwegian artists. Furthermore, we regularly see picnic areas and even a toilet block along the road. Something we missed on the Lofoten and Vesteralen, which we visited the days before, even though these Islands also have tourist routes. Now this is not really necessary, because nothing goes above untouched nature spots, but it did strike me. We also visited the Vesteralen tourist route and here they were still building vantage points.
The first viewpoint Bergsbotn is located in a hairpin bend and overlooks a vast round bay surrounded by tall green mountains. The 44-metre-long platform offers a wide view of a wonderful landscape that could easily be featured in a travel brochure. The second viewpoint Tungeneset brings us at sea level. The wooden zigzagging platform is located on the rocky coast and overlooks the typical razor-sharp dark rock walls of Senja. Rocks and cliffs that we will be climbing later that day. More about this will follow later. On Senja it wasn’t busy at all, so we had the viewpoints just for ourselves. The ideal conditions for taking a few nice pictures.
Senja was one of the highlights of our roadtrip. We visited the tourist route where we drove from one breathtaking landscape to another, but we also climbed a high mountain surrounded by vertical cliffs. After this perfect sunny day amidst all this natural beauty, Senja tasted like more. On this island you can easily entertain yourself for days. Hiking, cycling or canoeing in the quiet bays. I wasn’t bored at all after a day on Senja, unfortunately we left the next day to continue our trip towards the magical upper north, to the North Cape. Our stay at Hamn i Senja, where a beautiful suite with view on the water was waiting for us, made this idyllic picture complete. Senja is breathtakingly beautiful.