The second largest island in Norway, Senja is also one of the most idyllic and picturesque locations in the country.

The natural landscape here is contrasting, beautiful and rich where visitors here can enjoy a range of sights on their travels which include the open sea, the rugged mountainous backdrop, white sandy beaches and gently flowing rivers. This is in addition to the dramatic towering beauty of the fjords which cover the landscape. Indeed the diverse scenery that can be viewed on the island has led to it being known locally as 'Norway in miniature'.

The region is also known as the' fairytale island' and is home to the world's largest troll structure which stands at over 17 metres high.

Amongst the dramatically striking fjords, there are an array of small scattered fishing hamlets and villages that contribute highly to the local economy. The photogenic bright colours of the houses dotted amongst the fishing villages are also a memorable sight for visitors to see.

The island is abundant with wildlife - one of the best areas to observe the white-tailed eagle. Cruises along the fjords should enable you to come up close and personal with seals and porpoises, as well as a multitude of whales that are attracted to the herring stocks.

The weather here is hospitable year round, particularly in summer with the long hours of the Midnight Sun. In winter, the days are shorter and the weather more changeable but the prevailing Gulf Stream makes for a much milder climate than other regions of a similar latitude. The relatively short distance from coast to raw mountain peak is also a unique combination for exciting activities.

Here the magic of the scenery, the Arctic life, and the beautiful coastal landscape make for a wonderfully memorable retreat.

Image credit: Hamn I Senja, Jelorent Foap and Norway

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