Guidebook

Norway's Coolest Island : Ski Tour Senja

A collection of the best ski tours on a legendary island off Norway's north-west coast.

Charlie Boscoe

Description

The second largest of Norway's 50,000 islands - and surely the one with the most high quality mountain terrain - Senja has been developing a reputation as a must-go destination for ski tourers, climbers and hikers. The western part of the island is jagged and mountainous, the eastern part more mellow and bucolic, and it all makes for a unique and enchanting ambience.

In this guidebook we've listed routes on the mountainous western part of the island, and the majority of the tours are not super steep, making them ideal for advanced intermediate skiers who want epic skiing without any seriously scary terrain. The toughest line in here is Luttinden couloir, which - even by Norwegian standards - is a truly gorgeous line.

Elsewhere in here you'll find peaks which have plenty of options for exploration - the majority of lines we've drawn on Senja are merely suggestions for how to climb and ski the various mountains. Store Hesten, Roalden and Burstind are good examples of Senja peaks which can be put to use in many different ways - treat our lines as Plan A and then improvise as conditions and psyche dictate!

The routes in here were written by local expert and IFMGA guide Johanna Stålnacke so you can be confident that you're getting the best lines on Norway's best ski island! If you're lucky enough to tick them all off and still have plenty of time to spare, check out our guidebook to some of northern Norway's other ski touring delights -

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/11104/20-steps-to-heaven:-ski-tour-norway's-frozen-north

Store Hesten
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Store Hesten

4 - 5 hrs
8.0 km
965 m
965 m
36 °
A great skitour full of terrain choices that often holds good snow
Difficult
Private
Keipen
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Keipen

3 - 4 hrs
6.0 km
851 m
851 m
33 °
A great choice both for the ski quality and the outstanding summit views!
Difficult
Private
Husfjellet
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Husfjellet

3 - 4 hrs
6.5 km
673 m
673 m
27 °
Short and sweet for high avalanche risk days and splendid views
Moderate
Private
Kvænan on Senja Islands
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Kvænan on Senja Islands

3 - 4 hrs
6.5 km
938 m
938 m
32 °
The highest mountain on Senja guarded by its petrified trolls
Difficult
Private
Tredje Svanfjell
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tredje Svanfjell

3 - 4 hrs
6.3 km
693 m
693 m
26 °
An uncomplicated skitour with many possibilities for beautiful and safe skiing
Moderate
Private
Høgstakktinden - Breitinden traverse
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Høgstakktinden - Breitinden traverse

4 - 5 hrs
7.0 km
968 m
969 m
34 °
A spectacular Senja mini adventure accessed by boat
Difficult
Private
Luttinden couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Luttinden couloir

3 - 4 hrs
7.1 km
740 m
740 m
50 °
A very inviting line!
Severe
Private
Roalden
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Roalden

2.9 km
869 m
33 m
36 °
A spectacular mountain on its own which is often linked up with Burstinden
Moderate
Private
Burstinden
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Burstinden

3 - 4 hrs
5.3 km
811 m
811 m
34 °
An exciting and alpine ski tour with potential for several summit link-ups.
Difficult
Private