Norway – Senja Island
[Christy here] No one really knew what to expect when we made the drive north from the Lofoten Islands to Senja Island, but after spending a couple of days in the small, charming fishing village of Mefjordvær on the Northwest coast of Norway’s second biggest island, we left we all agreed there was something truly magical about the place.
This beautiful and idyllic island is a must-see for those thinking of skiing in Norway. Not only is it filled with dreamlike terrain and adventures, it is also home to white sandy beaches, Ånderdalen National Park, (located in the southern half of the island), and the world’s largest troll.
The coast seemed to be torn and split by numerous small fjords and rugged mountains that rose straight from the sea. The backside of many of these peaks offered more mellow snow covered slopes and big basins that made for an enormous skier’s playground.
Our base camp for the next couple days would be the well-designed and cozy Senja Lodge, which we had all to ourselves. Once a place for passing fisherman, the skier and climber guesthouse was just a quick drive from the islands most prominent mountains and amazing ski terrain.
Armed with the Ski Touring in Norway guidebook and some local beta, our first day we opted for a few peaks that would provide the most scenic views so that we could get acquainted with our new location. Lucky for us this meant getting in three summits, all with spectacular views of the fjords below us, Keipen, Grytetippen, and a local’s favorite Segla, appropriately nicknamed The Shield.
As we readied to skin, a sightseeing tour bus pulled up to where we had parked and to our amazement unloaded about 50 ski tourers with a similar plan to ours. We definitely weren’t in Colorado anymore.
The next day we were able to ski three more of the Island’s classic peaks, spending the entire day up high and skiing from one peak to the next. With the help of a short car shuttle through one of Senja’s small rocky tunnels, we did a point-to-point linkup of Store Hesten, Roalden, and Burstinden.
After a quick car shuttle and dip in the freezing cold waters of the Arctic Sea (some of us), we were off to the Lyngen Alps. But first, the world’s largest troll…
Next stop, the Lyngen Alps!