The view from Ørnofløya over Sommarøy is gorgeous! The hike up Ørnofløya is short and easy, perfect if you like the idea of getting an amazing view with minimal effort. This hike can be done as a day trip from Tromsø or if you are road tripping through Norway.
Details About the Hike
Distance: 1.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 155 meters (510 feet)
Length of Time: 2 to 3 hours
Getting to the Trailhead
Ørnofløya is a large bump of rock that overlooks Sommarøy. It is located just 5 minutes from Sommarøy and Brensholmen. If you are coming from Tromsø, it is a one hour drive to get here.
There are two trailheads (from what we saw) on the road that wraps around Ørnofløya. We parked at the small carpark on Brensholmvegen, joining five other cars, maxing out the available parking here. GPS coordinates: 69°36’28.6″N 18°04’12.2″E
The trailhead is right across the road. If you see this sign, with the hard to read carving “Ørnofløya,” you know you are in the right spot.
It’s a slow and steady climb up a rocky dirt trail. Some parts of the trail can be muddy, depending upon the recent weather.
It doesn’t take long for the view to really open up.
Kara’s view over Brensholmen
The real treat comes from the top of Ørnofløya. From here, you have 360° views of the area, and the highlight is looking out over the small islands of Sommarøy. Picture perfect!
The top of Ørnofløya
It doesn’t take long to get to the top of Ørnofløya (about 20 to 30 minutes) but you need to allow enough time to linger at the top.We spent almost one hour on top of Ørnofløya, exploring the various viewpoints and taking photos and drone videos.
When you have had your fill of the view, return to your car the same way.
Ørnofløya by Drone
Want to see more? Check out Tyler’s drone video of Ørnofløya here:
Many visitors to Norway skip right over Sommarøy, putting their time into Tromsø and the Lofoten Islands instead. In fact, if you drive from Tromsø to Senja, you could literally drive right past this “hidden treasure” without even knowing what you are missing.
And yes, Sommarøy is a treasure. I like to think of it as Norwegian paradise. Hiking trails, amazing views, tiny islands with white sandy beaches, and picture perfect red cabins dotting the water’s edge…can it get any better than this?
Plus, Sommarøy is very quiet. Just a handful of people live and visit here, and at times you may feel like you have it all to yourself.
Where to Stay in Sommarøy
The Sommarøy Arctic Hotel is the only game in town. They offer an assortment of traditional hotel rooms and cabins by the water.
We stayed in a two bedroom apartment on the second floor of a cabin. Our apartment had a full kitchen and 2 balconies that offered views in two different directions. Tyler and Kara slept in a bedroom with bunk beds. Tim and I shared a tiny “full-sized” bed in the second bedroom. Our bed was the base of a bunk bed and it was just a little bit larger than an American twin bed. This was cozy and too small for two adults to share. A larger bed for two adults would be much better and this is our only complaint about the hotel.
View from our cabin
Sommarøy Arctic Hotel
Drone photo of the Sommarøy Arctic Hotel
Where To Eat
Again, the Sommarøy Arctic Hotel is the only restaurant in Sommarøy. The food is expensive (190 NOK for a burger and 300 NOK for main entrees) but these prices are typical for most of the restaurants we ate at while in northern Norway. The food is decent but nothing spectacular.
Traveling on to Senja
If you have plans to travel to Senja, the Brensholmen – Botnhamn ferry is just a 10-minute drive from Sommarøy. The ferry runs roughly 5 to 6 times per day and it takes 45 minutes to sail between towns. We got in line one hour early for the first ferry and we were the first in line.
For the up-to-date ferry schedule, click here.
Do you have plans to visit Sommarøy or road trip through Norway? Comment below if you have any questions or want to offer advice for our readers.
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