Senja - an island dream north of the Arctic Circle

Norway - Europe

Hamn i Senja, Senja, Norway - Hamn i Senja, Senja, Norway
14.03 - 23.03.2025
Senja is the second largest island in Norway and is often referred to as Norway in miniature. Here you will find everything that makes ski touring in Norway so fascinating and attractive. Dramatic fjord landscapes, a wild and steep coastline, picturesque fishing villages, numerous attractive ski tour destinations and, of course, the magical Northern Lights or aurora borealis. The island of Senja is also very sparsely populated, offers plenty of space and delights with its unspoilt natural landscape. In short, a perfect ski touring destination that has nothing to hide from its famous neighbours Lofoten and Lyngen Alps. Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of this island!
The island of Senja is an exceptional ski touring destination. Located north of the Arctic Circle, it offers a wide range of different ski tour destinations in a very small area. From gentle pleasure tours to open, wide slopes to wild, rocky peaks with their steep gullies and flanks that plunge unstoppably into the sea, there is something for every taste. Most tours start at sea level on the coast and take us to attractive peaks high above the fjords. Some peaks can be perfectly combined so that two peaks can be climbed in one day. Our accommodation is right by the sea and offers us the relaxation we need, combined with breathtaking views. With a bit of luck, we might even see the famous aurora borealis, the northern lights. In any case, the low sun, the sea and the Arctic atmosphere will captivate and inspire us!

Your benefits and our services at a glance:

- 8 day ski tours with a light day pack on the fascinating dream island of Senja and on the mainland of Tromsø
- Northern Lights (Aurora borealis), fjords and sea
- First-class accommodation (rorbu, Norwegian for fisherman's hut) right by the sea
- Small group for maximum safety and personal support
- Comfortable journey on site in a hire car
- Organisation of the entire trip including the flight
- Excellent and long-standing experience and local knowledge of the mountain guide
- House directly by the sea in one of the most beautiful places in Senja
- Possibility to take individual rest days at any time


Thomas Villars
Certified Mountain Guide IFMGA and Snow Sports Instructor with Federal Certificate of higher vocational Education und Training


CHF 2990.-   (per person / 5 - 7 Participants)

Included are all transfers in Norway by rental car, 2 nights in a hotel on a double room basis with breakfast, 7 nights on a double room basis in our Rorbu, 7 days full board, the entire travel organisation including the flight, tour guidance by patented Swiss professional mountain guide IVBV.

Not included are the scheduled flight from Zurich to Tromsø incl. all taxes (as of March 2024 approx. CHF 750.00/person), the costs for ski luggage, cancellation insurance, any entrance fees, individual excursions on site, individual consumption en route and on the outward and return flight, two dinners in Tromsø and all alcoholic beverages. Additional costs due to unforeseen events such as flight schedule changes etc. are to be borne by the participants.

Early registration up to 6 months before the start of the trip is generally recommended, simply because of the availability of flights and the more favourable flight price.


Requirements condition with skis on the way
Very good physical condition  
Ski touring scale
PD -  

Desired experience:

- A conscientious preparation and good basic knowledge of ski touring including mastery of the hairpin bend are a matter of course
- Very good physical condition for ascents of between 4 and 5 hours with a light day pack
- Good alpine skier, parallel turns even in difficult snow conditions in terrain up to 35° steepness
- desire to discover an unknown country and foreign customs and traditions


Day 1: Meeting point on Friday according to the flight schedule at Zurich airport, flight via Oslo to Tromsø, pick-up of our hire car, overnight stay in a hotel in the city centre.

Day 2: After breakfast, drive to the island of Senja. On the way we undertake our first ski tour. Possible tour destinations are Tromsdalstinden, 1238 m, Blåtinden, 1180 m, or Rassevarri, 1166 m. Great views of the Balsfjorden. Shopping in Finnsnes and drive to Hamn i Senja to our accommodation right by the sea.
Depending on the tour between 1166 and 1238 metres in altitude, ascent time approx. 4 hours.

Day 3: The tour to Husfjellet, 632 metres, starts directly opposite our accommodation. Fantastic views of the sea and the fjord landscape. On the way back we can climb Skolpan, 779 metres. A full first day!
Approx. 1300 metres in altitude, ascent time approx. 4 hours.

Day 4: Today we pay a visit to the classic ski summit of Keipen, 938 metres. The view from the summit is breathtaking. If we still feel like more, we climb the neighbouring summit Grytetippen, 885 m.
Approx. 1300 metres in altitude, ascent time approx. 4 hours.

Day 5: In the west of Senja we visit the highest ski touring peak in Senja, Kvænan, 963 metres. The incredibly fascinating view will inspire us. On the way back we can pay a visit to Istind, 851 m, or Kaperfjellet, 850 m.
Approx. 1400 metres in altitude, ascent time approx. 5 hours

Day 6: The ascent to Store Hesten, 874 metres, begins right by the sea. A tour with lots of great views and a fantastic descent. Can also be combined with the Litlehesten, 679 m, if desired
Approx. 900 to 1200 metres in altitude, ascent time approx. 3 to 4 hours.

Day 7: In the far west of Senja lies Lonketind, 848 metres. The coastal landscape and the fantastic view from the summit will inspire us.
800 metres in altitude, ascent time approx. 3 hours.

Day 8: From Kaperdalen we climb Tredje Svanfjellet, 898 metres. This can be combined with Førstefjellet, 807 m, to make a great day of touring. Fantastic descents over wide, open slopes.
1250 metres in altitude, ascent time approx. 4 to 4 1/2 hours.

Day 9: We leave our accommodation in Hamn i Senja and set off on a final ski tour on the island of Senja. Just around the corner we climb Midtertinden, 623 metres, and Torsken, 494 metres, via the airy ridge. The final descent takes us to the village of Torsken, almost to the sea, and then back to Tromsø via Finnsnes. Overnight stay in a hotel in the town centre.
800 metres ascent, ascent time approx. 3 hours.

Day 10: Drive to the airport, return the hire car and fly to Zurich, arriving in the early evening.


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