Barheia is not one of the famous hikes. In fact, I only learned of it from a hiking guidebook I found at a nearby hostel.
MOST day hikes here required a lot of vertical before getting to the great vistas.
Only 350m? Only 1 hour?
It’s about 6.8km return from the trailhead — once you find it well above the highway campground.
AND it’s very conveniently located in Svensby, close to the ferry dock. You can easily walk from the ferry.
Most tourists drive right past on their way to the most popular day hike in the area, Blåisvatnet (the Blue Lake). Personally I enjoyed Barheia much better. AND had the summit to myself. The Blue Lake trail is crowded with hikers high season.
Confusingly, there’s a trailhead sign close to the campground on the highway. But the start is actually higher up the mountain, well above the campers.
Once there, you can’t get lost as it’s blazed red. Useful when the snow falls.
Most people stop at the restaurant atop the cable car. There’s an excellent view from the deck and atop a nearby rock cliff.
But if you continue UP look for a climbing hut known as Steinbøhytta. You can sleep there for free.
This day there were a number of reindeer grazing. They seemed unperturbed by hikers — but this big male reacted badly when encountering my backpack unexpectedly. Perhaps it looked something like a carnivore in the rocks.
You can drive or take a bus to the start. But many simply walk across the bridge from town, visiting the Arctic Cathedral on the way.
If you get to remote Tromsø, don’t miss this vista.
I took the Sherpa stairs back down. But there are alternative trails descending.