'Norway in Miniature'
The island is known locally as 'Norway in miniature' as visitors to the island will no doubt appreciate the rich and contrasting scenery which varies from rugged mountain peaks, white sand beaches, vast Arctic seas and meandering rivers. All kinds of stunning scenery is displayed here alongside, of course, the towering beauty of the fjords which dominate the landscape.
The island community has been shaped by the rich fishing life of the seas here and scattered amongst the fjord scenery you will find an array of fishing hamlets and villages that grew up alongside the fishing economy. These tiny villages are full of brightly coloured houses that make for a charmingly picturesque sight.
As well as the rich fishing life, there is a range of wildlife on the island. Senja is known as one of the best places in Norway to observe the white-tailed eagle and the herring-filled seas attract seals and porpoise at certain times of the year which can be seen on boat trips which operate around the island.
The weather here is less hospitable and warmer than other locations in the Arctic. Whilst the weather can be quite changeable, the prevailing Gulf Stream makes for a milder climate than other locations of similar latitude and temperatures rarely drop into the minus figures.
Given its location high above the Arctic Circle, Senja is also renowned for its wonderful Northern Lights potential and when the sky is clear and the solar activity is high, you will be able to see the Aurora stretching over the mountains and fjord – a truly breath-taking sight. The island has some wonderful vantage points, including a Northern Lights Lighthouse, offering panoramic views of the skies and surrounding scenery.