If you are coming by ferry from Andenes to Gryllefjord, we suggest you take a route along the outer rim of Senja and Kvaløya through Tromsø and the Lyngen Mountains to the E6 highway. The stretch along Outer Senja is defined as a National Tourist Route under the evocative name “Tracing the Devil’s Teeth”.

The main route from Andenes to Olderdalen:

  • Summer ferry Andenes–Gryllefjord.
  • The fishing village Gryllefjord with its charming architecture.
  • Torsken Church, a small wooden church from 1784. 
  • The old trading post Hamn in Senja. A walk to the old watermill. 
  • Senjatrollet is a theme park for all the family, inspired by the legends about Senja’s ancient trolls. 
  • Bergsfjorden has 98 islands. 
  • Bøvær with a fantastic coral beach. 
  • The architect-designed viewing point facing the Okshornan range of mountains, often called the “Devil’s Teeth”. Stroll down the ramp and take a picture. 
  • Ersfjorden, a favourite place for bathing. 
  • Mefjordvær offers old buildings, walks and views of the Nordland mountain range. 
  • Side trip to the fishing village of Husøy, exposed to the fury of the elements, some of the houses are actually tethered to the ground. 
  • Summer ferry Botnhamn–Brensholmen. 
  • Sommarøy is a modern fishing village, with white sandy beaches and fantastic views. 
  • Otervika is a white bathing beach, a popular place for beach volleyball. 
  • From Ersfjordbotn (a short detour) you have amazing views of precipitous mountains. 
  • Tromsø is Northern Norway’s largest city, and offers plenty of sights, restaurants and a vibrant night-life. 
  • The Breivikeidet–Svensby ferry with fantastic views towards the 1,800 m Lyngen Mountains. 
  • Gamnes museum in Svensby presents the culture of the Sea Sami people. 
  • Beautiful Lyngseidet has both Lyngen Church from 1740, old wooden buildings and the huge plastic gnome Gollis. 
  • The Lyngseidet–Olderdalen ferry, where you link up with the E6 northbound to the North Cape.

Road nos:

  • Rv 86 Gryllefjord–Straumsbotn.
  • Rv 864 Straumbotn–Ersfjord. Rv 861 Ersfjord–Botnhamn.
  • Rv 862 Brensholmen–Tromsø.
  • E8 Tromsø–Fagernes.
  • Rv 91 Fagernes–Olderdalen.

Side trips in South Senja:

From Gryllefjord or Finnsnes you can visit remote and beautiful places in South Senja.

F 274 leads to Sifjord:

  • Kaperdalen Samemuseum shows aspects of the local Sami culture. 
  • The hairpin bends down Sifjordura offer fantastic views out over the fjord. 
  • Follow the footpath at Grunnfarnes to find evidence of iron age settlement. Rv 860 follows Senja’s southern coast. 
  • Ånderdalen National Park contains valuable coastal pine forests. 
  • Hofsøy Gård, a farm with a 4,000 year old history. 
  • The Halibut Museum (Kveitemuseet), the Coastal Fort Museum (Kystfortmuseet) and the Old Shop (Gammelbutikken) at Skrolsvik.

Side trips from Tromsø:

North of Tromsø there are several large, sparsely habited islands, with mountains and fishing lakes. The islands can be visited one by one, or in small round trips. Ferry times are available at the tourist information office.

  • From Belvik in northwestern Kvaløya a boat goes 4 times a week to Musvær (5 inhabitants) and Sandøy (3 inhabitants), with fantastic views of the archipelago. 
  • Ringvassøya has mountains and Norway’s largest island lake, Skogsfjordvannet. 
  • Karlsøy offers a wonderful combination of historic buildings and rare flora. 
  • Vannøya is a mountainous island with busy fishing villages. Burøysund’s architecture is typical of the area, while from Torsvåg Lighthouse you can look out towards vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. 
  • Reinøya is a mountainous island in the sailing channel. Finnkroken’s traditional buildings give the village a charming atmosphere. 
  • Rebbenesøy lies furthest out towards the open ocean, and offers several lovely beaches. Road no. : Rv 863 Tromsø–Hansnes

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