1 SENJA ISLAND - ARCTIC CLIMBING MINI GUIDE By: Bent Vidar Eilertsen
2 SENJA ISLAND ON THE MAP Bardufoss
3 SENJA ISLAND - INFO ABOUT SENJA Senja island in Troms county (North Norway) is located 69 'north of the Arc>c Circle. Senja has a size of approximately 1586 square kilometers and is Norway's second largest island ajer Hinnøya. There are approximately 7800 people on the island, divided between the four municipali>es of Berg, Torsken, Tranøy and parts of Lenvik. Senja is accessible by car. Run by E6 in Inner Troms, and from the city Finnsnes there is a bridge over to the island. Senja is ojen called "adventure island" or "Norway in miniature", and you will find most of nature that exist in Norway. Here is flazer peasant landscape on the inner side of the island with hills and moors, and in the middle you find Ånderdalen Na>onal Park, valleys with forests, and mountain plateaus, while the coastal side have the sharp peaks between deep ]ords as far as the eye can see. You also find lots of white sandy beaches out there.
4 SENJA ISLAND - INFO Senja have no con>nuous road around the island, but many small roads going around parts of the island and you find many protrusions exci>ng and beau>ful places. Senja's highest mountain is Brei>nd 1000 meters above sea level, otherwise there is a lot of nice peaks for both ski / climbing in the winter and hiking in the summer that are between 700 and 900 meters straight up from the sea. Most of these can be easily reached from the road that winds around the island. Summit to sea skiing is a guaranty here! Then you ski all the way from a mountain peak and down to the arc>c sea shore. You also find wonderful sea kayaking around an ocean with fine small islets, reefs and white sandy beaches. Wave surfing you also find. World class Ice climbing has impressed climbers from UK and Central Europe in recent years. TRANSPORT From the airport in Bardufoss (2 flights (Norwegian) per day from / to Oslo) you will find car rental companies and drive to Finnsnes and across the only bridge to the island. There is bus correspondence to Finnsnes and some buses corresponding to the coastal side of the island. One can also fly to Tromsø or Evenes (Harstad/ Narvik) and take express boats to Finnsnes or Lysnes, and take a bus from there. The car ferry from Kvaløya only runs during the summer (from May). But a car (rental car) via Finnsnes to the island is recommended to get the best access to the various peaks and areas while staying here.
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6 SENJA ISLAND CLIMBING INFO SEASON & WEATHER: The best >me for the winter and ice climbing on Senja island is from November to mid April. October- January have short days with light (09:30 to 14:00 in dec.), but with early starts and moderate long routes it can offer nice condi>ons and exo>c orange- purple lights in the horizon. The coastal climate in the north can ojen make the season unstable, but Senja have surprisingly stable amounts of snow and ice throughout the season. Senja is a large island with lots of local weather. It varies a lot from ]ord to ]ord and area to area. Senja is mostly known for good winter climbing (both ice and alpine), and summer climbing ojen offer loose rocks and grassy walls. But you can also find some good rock climbing and bouldering on the exo>c island. Summer climbing is from beginning of May to September. The best season is from June to beginning of August with 24 hours of daylight/midnight sun. GUIDE & INFORMATION: A guidebook for Skiing and Climbing (ice climbing & alpine/rock climbing) on Senja island is under produc>on by The company Senja Lodge & Mountain Guides (www.senjalodge.com) offers guided hiking, skiing, ice & alpine climbing ac>vity. They also offer climbing and mountaineering courses on Senja. They use experienced authorised guides & instructors (Nor>nd, UIAGM & NF), and can provide with >ps and informa>on about the area. MAP: Turkart Senja North + South 1: (sold in local shops and on web).
8 FJORDGÅRD / HUSØY / BALTSFJORD Fjordgård Husøya BaltsYord is less visited compered to Me]orden. But have lots of exci>ng opportuni>es together in a small area. Some are not so easy accessed due to less roads. You can also find nice ice & rocks crags close to the roads. Senjas only bolted sport crag on rock.
9 FJORDGÅRD / HUSØY / BALTSFJORD
10 MEFJORDEN / SENJAHOPEN MeYorden is one of the best place if you want to do different alpine stuff. Lots of exci>ng opportuni>es together in a small area. Close to the road and with different grade & levels. Both ice and alpine mix routes. And lots of possible traverses of many peaks. SENJA LODGE O O O O Fjølhaugen O Mykje>nd O Bring>nden O Litle Hesten O Store Hesten O Brei>nd (highest) O Barden O Segla O O O O O
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12 ERSFJORD / STEINFJORD ErsYord is a ice mecca with lots of routes in varied grade close to the road. It is a fantas>c place with a huge sandy beach that is surrounded by very alpine mountains.
13 ERSFJORD / STEINFJORD
14 BERGSFJORD BergsYord is known for the long dedicated ice and alpine routes with Finnkona and Hesten as the well known classic. Senjas second highest mountain Stormoa is also located there and the road goes all the way up to over 300 meter above the sea. Very majes>c pyramid with lots of alpine route poten>al.
16 HAMN / GRYLLEFJORD / TORSKEN Hamn GrylleYord & Torsken is located in a dead end road in the middle. But it have lots of poten>al on both ice and alpine routes. Some very nice ice is located in Grylle]ord. You also find lots of nice alpine traverses in this area.
17 HAMN / GRYLLEFJORD / TORSKEN
18 SIFJORD / FLAKSTADVÅG / RØDSAND SiYord Flakstadvåg & Rødsand is the less visited area by climbers. But it have also lots of poten>al on both ice and rock. Some nice rock routes is done around Kvænan, the third highest mountain on Senja. Also nice ice is located around Flakstadvåg. If you drive the long way around to Rødsand on the southern >p, you find lots of unexplored alpine terrain.
19 SIFJORD / FLAKSTADVÅG / RØDSAND
20 Topp 12 Senja Ice & Alpine BENT VIDAR EILERTSEN (SENJA LODGE & MOUNTAINGUIDES) 12 RECCOMENDED ICE & ALPINE ROUTES (from easy to hard) ON SENJA: 1. Knoll & To_ (Svarthola/Brei>nd) 2 x Ice routes 70 meter WI4- (FA: Unknown). 2. Tunnel Cuddling (Svarthola/Brei>nd) Ice route 80 meter WI4+ (FA: Unknown). 3. Cave Couloir (Store Hesten) Alpine route 650 meter Commit III, Alpin3, 80`ice/rock/ snow (FA: Bent Eilertsen & Aksel Sveum - Jan 2009). 4. Spoon Couloir (Brings>nden) Alpine route 400 meter Commit III, Alpin3, 80`ice/rock/ snow (FA: Bent Eilertsen & Anders Strømberg Apr 2009). 5. Big Blue (Ers]ord) 2 x Ice routes 180 meter WI4-5 (FA: Unknown). 6. Flakstadlinja (Flakstadvåg) Ice route 220 meter WI4-5 (FA: Unknown). 7. Kyles Keyhole (Kyle i Me]ordvær) Alpine route 120 meter AI 3 (FA: Rich Cross & David Horwood Mar 2012). 8. Hesten islinja (Hesten i Bergsbotn) Ice route 400 meter WI5 (FA: Trym Sæland & Tor Henrik Larsen Feb 2006). 9. Finnkjærringa (Finnkona i Bergsbotn) Ice route 400 meter WI5 (FA: Joakim Eide & Ragnar Glomseth Mar 2008). 10. The Great Corner (Ers]ord) Mixroute 300 meter M6+ WI5 (FA: Rich Cross & Jim Bird Mar 2012). 11. Finnkona (Bergsbotn) Ice route 400 meter WI6 (FA: Marius Olsen & Harald Berger Feb 2006). 12. Finnmannen (Bergsbotn) Mixroute 400 meter M9+ WI7 (FA: Ines Papert & Bent Eilertsen Feb 2013).
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