From city to port to forest
This cycle tour has four full-day stages, starting in Tromsø and heading south around Senja and back. The terrain generally follows the coastline and relatively easy trails. There are also a few quick ferry crossings. You can cycle around this route on your own, or let Norske Bygdeopplevelser arrange all the practical stuff through their tour package.
Stage 1: Tromsø – Sommarøy: 56 km (35 miles)
The cycle ride out of the urban area is about 10 km (6 miles) on cycle paths to Kvaløysletta. After this, the country road undulates across the wilderness of Kattfjordeidet, before an easy flat section along the Kattfjord, beneath peaks soaring to 1,000 metres (3,300 feet). There is one beach after another here, and if the weather is good, you could stop off at the beach in Otervika. Sommarøy is a lively fishing village with a few restaurants, and is a perfect base for a trip to the beach or up to the summit of Hillesøytoppen to look due north and see the midnight sun. Overnight stay in Sommarøy.
Stage 2: Sommarøy – Mefjordvær: 45 km (28 miles)
Short cycle ride to Brensholmen. From here, the ferry takes you to Botnhamn on Senja. The southerly journey from Botnhamn has fewer climbs and downhill sections than yesterday. The landscape is extremely dramatic, with steep mountains rising straight out of the sea. You reach the traditional coastal community of Mefjordvær via the modern fishing village of Senjahopen. Overnight stay in Mefjordvær.
Stage 3: Mefjordvær – Hamn i Senja: 46 km (29 miles)
Brief return to Senjahopen and a whizz through the Geitskards Tunnel. From here, the tour passes through a magnificent landscape alongside Ersfjord beach, the Ersfjord and the Steinfjord. At Tungeneset there is a walkway and stylish viewing platform from which you can see the Okshornan rock formation. Towards the end of this stage, there is a steep climb up towards the Skalands Tunnel, before a lovely downhill stretch to Hamn i Senja. You can stop en route at Senjatrollet, a magical theme park for children of all ages.
Stage 4: Hamn i Senja – Finnsnes: 51 km (29 miles)
The last stage takes you right across Senja. From Straumsbotn, it's a gradual uphill through the Svalelvdalen valley, and then gradually downhill again through the birch forest on Senja's sheltered, green and fertile side. At Finnsnes you board the Hurtigruten boat to Tromsø.
- Norske Bygdeopplevelser offers a package including accommodation and transfers. http://www.norske-bygdeopplevelser.no/Senja-rundtur-pa-sykkel
- You can find tourist information about Tromsø on Visit Tromsø's website www.visittromso.no