The remarkable island of Senja is Norway’s second largest island, residing off the northernmost coast of the country, surrounded by hundreds of small islands and islets.
It is known locally as ‘Norway in miniature’ as the island's diverse and wonderfully scenic landscape reflects almost the entire span of Norwegian nature. Senja is well known for its beautiful scenery and dazzles visitors year round with its natural attractions.
This trip allows you to make the most of what the island offers its welcomed guests. Daytime excursions include bathing in a floating suit in the chilly arctic sea, a cruise around the island searching for the magnificent whales which frequent the waters and the option to enjoy a unique hot tub in an old fishing boat.
Evenings will be pleasantly spent in a nearby lighthouse which offers fantastic scenic views of the harbour and a direct lookout onto the sky in the North. This is the perfect place to sit back on a reindeer skin, enjoy a hot drink and keep watch on the sky in hope of witnessing a spectacular Aurora display. There will also be a Northern Lights snowshoe activity where your guide will lead you to a nearby vantage point under the vast arctic sky.
This is a truly wonderful trip in an incredibly beautiful location and an experience that is sure to be as unique as it is memorable.
Anybody aged 18 years and over.
“I adore the scenery of Senja with its delightfully beautiful fjord and mountains which surround the harbour. It is the ideal place to really appreciate nature and the peace and tranquillity of the old harbour. The highlight of this trip is the boat trip which will hopefully showcase some of the wonderful wildlife here including orcas and humpback whales (in January), porpoises and sea eagles.” Amy Griffiths
Day 1: Arrivals, transfers, welcome and Northern Lights lighthouse
Upon arrival at Tromsø Airport you will be met by a guide who will lead you to the speed ferry that will take you across to the island of Senja (approximately 90 minutes).
After a chance to settle into your large suite you will enjoy lunch where you can try your first taste of Norwegian cuisine and get to know your fellow travellers. Afterwards you will head to the nearby lighthouse which has a spectacular vantage point just a two minute walk from the hotel and offers wonderful views of the sea to the north. Whilst here you will enjoy the opportunity to make your own Norwegian waffles - a delicious treat!
Following dinner tonight you will once again head back to the lighthouse. Far from any artificial light, the lighthouse is the perfect vantage point from which to see a potential Aurora and here you will be given an introduction to Aurora photography as we know that photographing the Northern Lights is an aim for many whilst they are on their trip.
Hot drinks will be served and for those who wish to sit outside to keep watch, there are reindeer skins to sit on to keep you warm whilst you wait.
Day 2: Free day or optional activities and Northern Lights snowshoe
Today has been left free for you to relax and enjoy your remarkable surroundings. Senja is known as ‘a Norway in miniature’ and offers its visitors a wonderful experience of nature. For those seeking more, there is an array of optional activities that can be booked and paid for locally such as a walk to the nearby mine area, hiking across the landscape or visiting nearby attractions such as the Polar Zoo (the northernmost wildlife park in the world).
Tonight you will enjoy a snowshoe trek with your guide who will lead you to the mountainous scenery to a remote spot where hopefully you can see the Northern Lights. Every guest will be fully equipped with a rucksack containing water, a thermos of hot drink and some cake and chocolate so there will be a chance to stop and enjoy these whilst gazing up a the endless arctic sky.
Day 3: Fjord cruise and Northern Light lighthouse
The ocean which surrounds Senja offers one of the world’s richest fishing grounds and is a remarkable spot to keep watch for local wildlife, particularly whales drawn to the herring-packed sea. Whales are not guaranteed of course but they have often been known to swim under the boat, jump out of the sea and even lie still and look at you, getting so close that you can almost feel their breath. The most common season to see whales in the Fjords around Senja is from January to around mid-February. Whales may still be seen outside of these periods but it is less common.
For departure dates outside of January and February the fjord cruise will become more wildlife and bird focused during the safari whilst also allowing you to enjoy the dramatic scenery which can be enjoyed from the Fjord.
An array of idyllic islands is dotted throughout the area and on your cruise you should also keep an eye out for Sea Eagles, seals and porpoises. This is a wonderful adventure at sea and a chance to appreciate the full beauty of the island from a great vantage point.
This afternoon after enjoying lunch, there is the opportunity for the group to take advantage of the outdoor hot tub and sauna (payable locally). The hot tub is uniquely situated in a boat on land and is a wonderful place to get together. You are also free to use the sauna and for the very brave amongst you there is the chance for a quick cool down dip in a real arctic bath!
Tonight after dinner you can once more retreat to the lighthouse to keep your eyes fixed on the vast arctic sky.
Day 4: Arctic bathing, Northern Lights lighthouse
Regardless of what season it may be, bathing in Northern Norway is pretty much always considered to be a cold experience...however, for this morning’s arctic bathing you will be kitted out in a ‘floating dry suit’ which will keep you warm and dry on the inside and allow you to float easily on the water as if you were a cork!
This is a wonderfully relaxing experience that makes participants feel as if they were part of the ocean itself. It’s also a fun way to bond with your fellow travellers as competitions and games can be organised whilst you float along.
This afternoon you can once again relax or add an optional organised activity that can be booked and paid for locally such as sightseeing along the national scenic route. The west coast of Senja is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Norway and a tour along here will take you to some wonderful viewpoints to capture the beauty of the island.
If you have been unlucky so far in your attempts to witness the Northern Lights in all their spectacular glory, tonight is your final opportunity to witness the phenomenon from the lighthouse. Fingers crossed they make an appearance to bid you farewell.
Day 5: Departure
Today it’s time to say goodbye to this remarkable island. Return to Tromsø will be via the Hurtigruten, a wonderful way to leave the beautiful island where hopefully you made some wonderful memories and witnessed spectacular nature and Northern Lights! Your Hurtigruten trip will include a three course lunch and you will be met at the port and transferred to Tromsø Airport.
Please note: The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival.
Price per person based on 2 adults
Single room supplement - large suite
N.B. Prices in brackets denote a price deduction.
Prices are based on two people sharing a large suite at Hamn I Senja or four people sharing an apartment.
The most common season to see whales in the Fjords around Senja is from from January to around 10th of February. Whales may still be seen outside of these periods but it is less common. For departure dates outside of January and February the fjord cruise on day 3 will become more wildlife and bird focused during the safari whilst also allowing you to enjoy the dramatic scenery which can be enjoyed from the Fjord.