History and culture
People have been living on Hitra and Frøya for more than 10,000 years. At Dolmsundet Adventure Park on Hitra, they have rebuilt a Viking long house, and at the South Trøndelag Coastal Heritage Museum, also on Hitra, you can learn more about the area's coastal history and culture.
On the islands of Hitra and Frøya there are numerous idyllic fishing villages, lighthouses and marinas. Fishermen's cabins have been adapted or rebuilt as holiday homes.
Deep-sea fishing along the coast of Trøndelag enjoys an international reputation. There are several deep-sea fishing festivals, and deep-sea fishing trips onboard fishing vessels under the guidance of professional fishermen are frequently organized. Or if you prefer, you can enjoy good fishing from the shore or from a boat in calmer inshore waters, in the fjords and along the shore.
The island of Hitra
Hitra is the seventh largest island in Norway (excluding Svalbard), and the largest south of the Lofoten Islands.
The island's land area is 571.5 square kilometres, whilst the the council's area is 680 square kilometres.
The highest point is Mørkdalstuva, 345 metres above sea level. It is located on the west side of the island.
The island of Frøya
Frøya is a smaller island, and it has more than 5,000 islets around. Frøya is relatively flat, with Bremnestua 74 metres above sea level as one of the highest points.
The municipality of Frøya is enormous in extent, if one includes the vast sea areas within the municipality's border.
There are around 8,000 inhabitants living on Hitra and Frøya.
Nature and climate
The climate on Hitra and Frøya is typical for the coast. During the summer, the weather is often sunny with degrees around 20 degrees Celsius. During autumn and winter the weather can be really rough and windy, but still it is exotic. There is almost no snow during the winter.
The nature along the coast of Trøndelag is rough and wild. Whilst Hitra features dense forests, rocky slopes along the coast and picturesque coves, Frøya offers open seas, charming islets and enchanting islands.
With its wide range of fish species, the coast of Trøndelag is an extremely popular destination for foreign, Norwegian and local anglers. Giant catches lurk in the deep as well.
The area is home to a rich variety of animals and birds, and a variety of deer, seals, killer whales, sea eagles and other sea birds can be seen on a trip through the island archipelago.
Froan Landscape Protection Area
Froan covers a 400-square kilometre large island and coastal stretch from Vingleia Lighthouse in the southwest to Halten in the northeast. This site is the largest contiguous coastal area that has been heritage listed in Norway so far. The reserve was established to protect the local flora and fauna with birds, seals and other mammals.
Havmyran Nature Reserve
Havmyran on Hitra was protected as a nature reserve in 1982 and covers the well 40 square kilometres of untouched landscape in the interior of the island.