Text: Frederik Amundsen
As we reach the smaller islands outside of Frøya and Hitra by boat, we pick up the local enthusiast Gustav Gjevik. He runs Mausundgløtt Adventures, offering accommodation, fishing and safaris.
- The islands outside of Hitra and Frøya in Central Norway are ideal for seal and eagle safaris, says Gustav as we head out into the open sea.
On the small skerries we pass, we see seal herds, sea otters and several species of birds.
Lunch at Vingleia Lighthouse
After getting up close to the wildlife and having seen several sea eagles, we visit the Vingleia Lighthouse to barbecue crabs, fish and scallops.
- Contact the tourist office and arrange to rent the whole place, recommends Gustav Gjevik, as he turns the local delicacies on the barbecue.
There are 28 beds and you get your own boat to use as you wish.
Stone Age settlements
On our way back from the lighthouse we stop to catch crabs in Gjevik’s crab pots, and then we leave him at Mausundgløtt, as we head back to Hitra to visit Dolmsundet longhouse, where there are signs of settlements from the Stone Age up to Early Iron age.
Contact the Dolmsundet Hotel, and they will arrange a traditional dinner for you in the longhouse.
Facts about the islands
There are about 8,000 inhabitants on the islands of Hitra and Frøya. Hitra is Norway’s seventh largest island, easily accessible from the city of Trondheim. The island is a good starting point for exploring small islands out at sea. Sula, Bogøyvær and Mausundvær are inhabited islands. Kya, Vågsvær and Humlingsvær are uninhabited. Hitra’s neighbouring island of Frøya is also worth a visit.
How to get here
Hitra is located in the county of Sør-Trøndelag and you travel there either by boat, or by car or bus through one of the world's deepest under-sea tunnels, 234 metres under the ocean. You are most likely to arrive from the city of Trondheim, or from the south from Tynset.
Where to stay
Fjellvær Farm and the modern fishermen’s cabins at Knutshaug are recommended, and it is possible to rent the Vingleia Lighthouse, or apartments at Mausundgløtt. There are two camping grounds at Hitra. Arrange your stay through the destination company the Coast of Trøndelag.
What to eat
Try cheese from the local producer Bodil Birkeland and Hitra Gårdsmat.