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Torsken in Norway Torsken municipality coat of arms


243,3 km2

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If you´re looking for peace and quiet, you´ve come to the right place. The fantastic nature in and around Torsken municipality helps to charge the batteries in an otherwise stressful day-to-day life. Here, you can experience the wide open sea or take a hike to the small lakes high up on the mountain. The municipality has approximately 1.000 inhabitants a covers a area of 243,3 km2 and lies in Troms. The administrative center is in Gryllefjord. Other villages is Sifjord Medby, Grunnfarnes and Flakstadvåg.


Sifjorden is 10 kilometers long. It begins between Varden in the north and Blåstranda in the south, where the fjord is about 4.5 kilometers wide. From here it goes east to Sifjordbotn. Just next to Varden the fjord arm goes Veidmannsfjord eastwards to Veidmannsbotn. The fjord has an inlet on the south side between Varden in the west and Stonga in the east. Kaldfarnes is on the northwest side of the fjord and a little further east lies the Elvejorda. Veidmannsbotn stretches from the bottom of the fjord and slightly beyond the north side. On the south side there is also the Veidmann and Veidmannsfjellet mountain (508 moh).

On the southern side of the fjord lies Kvænbukta furthest east of the fjord, and a little further north lies Gjeska. Sifjorden continues to the northeast, where the village Sifjord is located on the north side of the fjord almost all the way in the fjord.

Kaperelva is a river on the eastern side of Kaperskaret. From here it flows towards the southeast through the Kaperdalen and passes through several smaller lakes, of which Kapervatnet is the largest. Below Kapervatnet form the river Kaperfossen and turn east. About two kilometers west-southwest of Svanelvmoen it flows alongside Svanelva, which comes from the north, forming Lakselva.

Fv232 goes along the north side of the fjord, while Fv243 goes along the eastern side.

High peaks and deep fjords carve out the landscape. If the weather is suitable, we strongly recommend a fishing trip out on the open ocean - to a 40 metres deep underwater plateau, with shoals of fish coming in to feed - even whales come to this spot to hunt for food. There is nothing strange about the name of the ferry between Gryllefjord and Andenes - it is known as "The Whale Route".

Explore the plateau even further out, and it plunges to a depth of over 400 metres. Here you´ll find the deep water cod, on the hunt for herring and coalfish. You may also discover another fish lurking in the depths, wolf fish (also known as sea catfish) waiting to strike fiercely at any lures that hang around too long or dare to get too close. Or maybe it´s time to stop, let the boat drift with the current, and see if the big halibut are around.


Senja is the second largest island in Norway. Senja is located along the Troms county coastline with Finnsnes as the closest town. Senja is connected to the mainland by the Gisund Bridge. The municipalities located on Senja are Lenvik (part of which is on the mainland), Berg, Torsken, and Tranøy. The island has an area of ​​1.586.3 km² and less than 8000 inhabitants. Population centroid is along Gisundet inside the island. This is also the largest settlement, Silsand. The largest fishing village is Gryllefjord, with a summer ferry to Andøya in Vesterålen. If you arrive with the ferry from Andenes to Gryllefjord, you´ll find the Hulder- and Trollpark located at road E86 on the right side of the road, direction from Gryllefjord towards Finnsnes.

The north and western coasts of Senja are facing the open sea. Here, steep and rugged mountains rise straight from the sea, with some fishing villages wherever there is some lowland. The eastern and southern parts of the island are milder, with rounder mountains, forests, rivers and agriculture land. The good feeling makes it easy to get away from it all and find peace of mind. Here you can fully enjoy the fresh air and the splendid natural surroundings that are so difficult to describe in words alone. The scenery is something else and will surely take your breath away. Certainly it takes ours away, and we spend our lives in this ever-changing wonderland of weather and wind.

On the seaward side of Senja island where the ocean meets the sky, the tourist route winds across the hill overlooking the village of Bergsbotn. From a 44-metre long platform you can enjoy the grand vista of the Bergsfjord and the surrounding peaks.

Tungeneset on Senja brings viewpoints and picnic areas to the next level, with its Nordic design structure nestled between the Steinfjord and the Ersfjord. From this walkway constructed with Siberian larch wood, you will enjoy views of the Norwegian Sea in the west, and the intense Okshornan mountain range, also known as Devil’s Jaw, in the north.

Segla is the most recognizable mountain on the Senja island in Norway. It was the picture of Segla that immediately convinced me to visit Senja. And there is no surprise why! Segla rises 639 meters above the sea level and the view of it looks almost unreal. The east side of the mountain is rising gently, whereas the steep cliffs on the west side drop directly into the fjord. Try great Senja hiking opportunities and go for Hesten hike to be rewarded with wonderful views. For that, you need to climb a mountain just next to Segla, called Hesten.

Hesten is a mountain where the iconic picture of Segla is usually taken from. Hike to Hesten for the best views of Segla and camp on the top. As it turned out, camping on the peak wasn’t possible, but we still managed to find a spot below.


We have the Midnight Sun in our region from 20th May - 20th July. During this period, the sun stays above the horizon, and it is light 24 hours a day. The sky must be clear and there must be unobstructed visibility northwards in order to see the Midnight Sun. A summer night on the fjord or in the mountains is an experience not to be missed, you can go fishing in the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, or you can take a walk in the wilderness surrounding.


Aurora Borealis is the Latin name for the Northern Lights – solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole. The Northern Lights are only visible when the sky is dark and clear, from August to April, and they are most intense from 10 pm to midnight. The region on the 700 northern latitude is a fantastic place for experiencing the beautiful and intense play of colours given off by the Northern Lights.


The dark time, or the long, dark Polar Night, lasts from 30th November - 12th January - there is only a twilight-dusk type of light (the blue light) for a few hours during the middle of the day. This does not mean that it becomes totally dark, however. The aurora borealis trails its multicoloured banner across the sky and the moon lights the scene just like the nightlight of Our Lord. The experience of the winter with the uniqueness of the light, the northern lights and snow is fantastic. Especially beautiful is the blue light southwards, just before it becomes dark.


The fishing possibilities here on the outer coast are unique. Large shoals of fish are brought in by the tides. Torsken has a great advantage due to it's sheltered location. Even when strong winds blow in from the Atlantic Ocean, you can almost always find sheltered places to fish. The possibilities are many, and you can adapt your fishing technique for certain species. Change course and head for the light buoy if you're looking to catch bream. If you're fishing for fighting mackerel, we recommend the bay on the way into Gryllefjord. Cod, seithe, bream, wolf fish, haddock and pollack are the usual species, and catching a halibut or a grey gurnard could really make your day.