The Husfjellet Hike, Senja, Norway

The Husfjellet Hike is one of the top hikes on the Norwegian Island of Senja. And a very popular one too, for good reasons. Stunning landscape, impressive cliffs, and amazing panoramic views. All the ingredients you need for a perfect hike with stunning views.

View of the ridgeline by the Husfjellet mountain during a hike to the summit

View of the ridgeline below Husfjellet.

The hike is relatively easy and it’s a great way to experience the dramatic landscape of Northern Norway. The trail from Skaland to Husfjellet will take you through diverse terrain, including rocky sections, grassy slopes, and potentially snowfields, depending on the season. Essentially, it is also a good “summary of what hiking on the island of Senja looks like.

If you have plans to Visit Senja and Hesten or Segla, you should absolutely put Husfjellet on the list. The drive from Fjordgård to Skaland only takes about forty minutes and it’s an extremely scenic drive too. It’s actually one of the National Norwegian scenic routes. Well…for that reason it will probably take longer than forty minutes but you get the point :)

Tungeneset, on the coast along Senja island on a dark and gloomy day

Tungeneset and the Oksen mountain in the background. One of the many attractions along Senja’s scenic route.

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Overview of the Husfjellet Hike

While the hike is relatively easy per se, the elevation gain is not negligible but the effort to get to the top will reward everyone with incredibly beautiful views.

Max Altitude  632 m
Distance  8.70 KM
Elevation gain  860 m ↑ / 860 m ↓
Hike time  03:00/ 03:30  Hours
Hike Difficulty  Easy/Moderate
Hiker on the trail to Husfjellet looking at the landscape.

Enjoying the views!

How to get to Husfjellet and Parking

The island of Senja is quite remote but relatively easy to get to – so is Skaland, the town where Hisfjellet is located.

  • Driving Directions: From Tromso, you would first need to drive to Finnsnes, then take road 86 to Strumsbotn. From there, continue onto Road 862 and continue onto Road Fv251. It’s about 3:30/4:00 hours. From The Evenes airport to Skaland you also need to get to Finnsnes first. Then follow the same directions. It also takes about the same time.
  • Parking: paid parking is available at the trailhead. You can pay with the EasyPark app.
  • Public Transport: Bus 362 stops right in front of the trailhead. From Finnsnes (Finsness quay) you can take bus 360 and then change in Straume to 362. Otherwise, you can take bus 380, change to bus 370 in Lysnesnand then bus 362 in Senjahope.

The Husfjellet Trail

Trailhead is next to a parking lot in the small Village of Skaland. you could say the trailhead is located at the center of the village :). It’s also well-marked and signposted so you will have no trouble finding it.

The first part of the trail is partly on a gravel road and partly in a birch forest. It is a well-worn trail so it’s also easy to follow. Then the trail will turn into a small birch forest and the steepness of the trail will gradually increase. The views will start to open up as soon as you’re out of the birch forest, revealing the beautiful coastal scenery.

Parking Area in the norwegian town of Skaland, next to the Husfjellet trailhead

The Parking area by the trailhead in Skaland

Beginning of the trail to Husfjellet with a typical red norwegian cabin

The beginning of the trail

Birch trees on the trail on a cloudy day

Birch trees on the trail to Hisfjellet

Next, you’ll reach a smaller summit (Sommardalen, 327m) on the way to the top of Husfjellet. From there you will need to continue through a quite flat and boggy section before the last but if the climb. Careful here; there is a boardwalk to help you through the bog but it can be very slippery and you may fall, hit and bruise your hip and your elbow (yes, real story ;)).

Half on the way up there’s an amazing viewpoint that offers an amazing view of  Steinfjird, Ersffjord, Tugneneset and the Mountain Oksen. Here’ you’ll be just a short hike away from the summit, marked by a post.

Sommardalen summit signpost on the trail to Husfjellet

The Summardalen summit.

Boggy section with boardwalk on the hike to Husfjellet, with mountains in the background

the trail continues on across the bog. Husfjellet is the mountain on the left hand side.

Husfjellet summit

Husfjellets’ summit signpost.

Once you’ve reached the summit you can continue onward to the cliffs overlooking Steinfjord and Ersfjod.  You should definitely explore those sections as they offer the best views, but you should also be aware the terrain becomes progressively exposed, so it requires a good head for heights as well as sure-footedness. No need to go all the way out on the cliffs though,

You should definitely take your time here to sit down a bit and enjoy the amazing views!

View form the cliffs around husfjellet's summit

View from the cliffs around the summit.

The Husfjellet Hike Photos and Photography tips

This is a location that offers plenty of photo opportunities and it’s one I will also return to.

If you are also planning to do this hike for photography, you should definitely be there in the early morning or late afternoon, if not for Sunrise or Sunset. Husfjellet is a location good for both. I did it in the early AM and was lucky enough to enjoy some amazing light.

View of the ridgeline by the Husfjellet mountain during a hike to the summit

Dramatic light mixed with rain on the other side of the fjord.

Morning light on the coastal ridgelin leading to the Summit of Husfjellet.

View from the cliffs beyond the summit

The Oksen mountain on the island if senja viewed from the trail to Husfjellet

The mountain Oksen from a vantage point just below the summit.

Rain and light in the distance above a ridgeline on the norwegian island of senja.

More dramatic light and rain.

Panoramic view of the mountains on the island of Senja, around the village of Skaland.

Detail of the mountains in the distance

View from the summit of Husfjellet to the sea

View from the summit. to the north-west.

While it was enough overcast to completely destroy any hope of a colorful sunrise, the heavy clouds also left space for some light to peek through in between them and the frequent snow showers. I definitely enjoyed watching and shooting the clods and that light as the conditions were changing very fast too. Anyway, from the top the views are magnificent in all directions so there are also plenty of compositions to choose from. The ridgeline just below  Husfjellet to the east is particularly beautiful.

Also – this is where you can take the “classic” foto of someone standing on one of the nearby cliffs. If you are thinking of doing that, be aware that is also very exposed. I did plan to take a similar shot too, but the strong winds and slippery rocks made it unsafe to even attempt.

You also get fantastic views of the so-called “Devil’s Jaw” (the mountain Oksen), which is a beautiful subject from anywhere you look at it. This is particularly good in my opinion, compared to the more classic view from the Tugneneset rest area.

View of Ersfjord and Steinfjord and the mountain Oksen from a mountain nearby

The beautifully bizarre Oksen mountain

The oksen mountain on the Senja Island on a dark and rainy day

Detail of Oksen, 70mm

Video of the Hike

Last but not least, you can also watch the video I made on this hike – it also includes a final timelapse.

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Map of the Husfjellet Hike

Here is the map of this hike. You can download the GPS file from the link Komoot activity, should you want to.

Where to stay

If you want to camp, it’s possible to do so on the mountain, provided you respect all the local regulations, which you can read on the board by the trailhead.

Alternatively, there is a campsite in Skaland, as well as a couple of guesthouses. If you want, you can also do this hike in half a day and then move to another location. For instance, I spend the night before the hike in Senja at one of the guesthouses and then moved on to Fjordgård to hike Barden in the afternoon.

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