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Hesten hike

The Hesten hike is a very popular hike on Senja and offers incredibly beautiful and cool views. The trip is relatively steep, but not technically demanding. You can also run across the Stavelitippen if you want to hit two mountain peaks in one.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Hesten hike. Photo: @_terryzhang
Place: Fjordgård
Duration: 3 hours
Distance: 4 km
Height: 555 masl
Dog: Yes

About the Hesten hike

Hesten is one of the most popular hiking trails on Senja, starting from Fjordgård. Although the ascent is relatively steep, the hike is not technically demanding and is suitable for most hikers. However, it is essential to be cautious near the cliffs at the top. The hike to Hesten allows hikers to enjoy spectacular scenery. The view from the summit is nothing short of impressive. Here, you can see the distinctive pointed peak of Segla, located nearby, as well as the majestic fjords, the glistening sea, and mountain ranges stretching as far as the eye can see.

If you want to explore a bit more, you can also take a quick and easy trip to Stavelitippen while you are on Hesten. Stavelitippen is located about 1 kilometer away, and the trail is in flat terrain, allowing you to enjoy a leisurely walk while taking in the breathtaking scenery.

With its varied landscape and accessibility to most hikers, Hesten is an ideal way to experience the natural beauty of Senja. The summit provides an opportunity to witness the majestic landscape up close and will undoubtedly leave you with memories of the magnificent nature of this northern Norwegian gem.


While the maps are based on real GPS tracks, please note that their primary purpose is to provide a starting point and approximate route for the trip, rather than precise positioning. The accuracy of maps and GPS may also vary slightly.

You are always responsible for making your own judgments when venturing into the mountains, taking the current conditions into account. It’s crucial to ensure you have appropriate footwear for the conditions and that you bring an adequate supply of food and water for your journey.

It is also important to check the local weather forecast in advance.

Trail from a previous hike to Hesten

Pictures from the hike

Photo: @_terryzhang