Senja and Dyrøy in many ways resembles a miniature version of Norway, offering spectacular nature and experiences for young and old alike. The island is full of unspoiled and undiscovered gems, which are waiting to be enjoyed. You will feel genuine and pure pleasure when you experience the Northern Lights, whales, local food and the everchanging Arctic winter light in the winter or the Midnight Sun, the splashing of the waves, white sandy beaches and majestic mountain peaks in summer.
Senja and Dyrøy has everything you could wish to experience on a short or long visit: a section of the National Tourist Route with magical viewpoints, art and cultural experiences of a high quality, goblins and trolls and a teeming bird and animal life.
Senja (Northern Sami: Sážža) is situated in Troms Country in Northern Norway. Covering an area of 1,589.35 km², Senja is Norway’s second largest island after Hinnøya. Senja has a population of just under 8,000 and comprises of the municipalities of Tranøy, Torsken, Berg and Lenvik. The most densely populated area is along the Gisund strait on the inner side the island. Senja’s largest settlement, Silsand, is situated here by the Gisund Bridge over the strait to the town of Finnsnes.
Dyrøy is a small island right beside Senja. With its beautiful surrounding covering 288.5 km² the island and the mainland has a total population of 1138 with inhabitans both on the island and the surrounding area of Dyrøy municipality. The municipality of Dyrøy was established on 1 September 1886, when it was separated from the municipality of Tranøy- a part of Senja when the ocean was the preffered means of transportation.
Senja is known for its diverse landscape and has been referred to as a Norway in miniature. The outer side of Senja is characterized by dramatic mountains that plunge straight into the sea, an idyllic archipelago and wonderful sandy beaches. The inner side of Senja has fertile soil and a gentle landscape of rolling hills and birch forests. In the valleys, you will discover nice villages and smallholdings. South Senja, which is characterized by coastal rocks and pine forests, is home to the Ånderdalen National Park.
The municipality is located on the island of Dyrøya and the mainland area to the east, with the Dyrøy Bridge connecting the island to the mainland. Vågsfjorden, Tranøyfjorden and Solbergfjorden flow along the western and northern border of the municipality.
The municipality is mountainous with a narrow beach area along the coast. On the mainland, the Bjørkebakkdalen valley leads south from the municipal center Brøstadbotn. The municipality has several peaks over 1,000 metres (3,300 ft), the highest being the 1,237-metre (4,058 ft) tall Løksetind on the border with Salangen in the south.
The island of Senja features several museums, most which are part of the Midt-Troms Museum. These include the Sami Museum in Kaperdalen, the Hofsøy Rural Museum and “Kveitmuseet” (the Halibut Museum) and “Gammelbutikken” (The Old Store) in Skrolsvik. The island is rich in nature and historical attractions. For instance, you can visit the historic Senja Nickel Works at Hamn, where the world’s first hydroelectric power plant was built in 1882. The Senja Troll and Hulder Park at Finnsæter in Berg is popular with the younger visitors.
Kastnes Bygdetun, a museum owned by Midt-Troms Museum is possible to visit during the summer months. There are alot of historical architecture for the interessted and lovely old buildings in the area worth a visit. One worth mentioned is often refered to as "Northern Norway's most beautiful house"- a completely intact and well preserved house from 1911 in Langhamn on Dyrøy. Hagenes is another very popular destination- park your car at Mikkelbostad and you can walk 4km to reach a old coastalfort from WW2.
Naturally enough, the dominant industries in Senja are fisheries and aquaculture. Senja covers the entire “cycle” of fisheries and aquaculture. There is a graphite mine at Skaland. Other important companies in Senja includes ArtNord and Tromspotet in Silsand, which specializes in potatoes and potato products, and the stair factory in Sollia. Sollia is also home to the world’s northernmost double-glazed window factory, Nicopan AS, which has clients throughout Norway as well as exporting its products abroad.
Commerce and transport
The Gisund Bridge offers the residents of Senja a ferry-free road link to the mainland across the Gisund strait to the town of Finnsnes, which is the nearest town. Finnsnes serves as the commercial centre for the entire Central Troms region, including Senja. Senja also has transport connections to the county’s two cities, Tromsø and Harstad. Read more about this at www.tromskortet.no