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Vingleia Lighthouse in the municipality of Frøya, Norway - Photo: Bjørn Eirik Østbakken
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Vingleia Lighthouse in the municipality of Frøya, Norway Photo: Bjørn Eirik Østbakken

Eagle and seal safari outside Hitra and Frøya

- Rent the Vingleia Lighthouse and get the whole island for yourself, says the local guide as he turns the scallops on the barbecue.
Hitra
Hitra is Norway's seventh largest island, and home to the most densely populated deer herd in Northern Europe, with up to 6,000 animals.

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 are pass, we see seal herds, sea otters and several species of birds.

Lunch at Vingleia Lighthouse

After getting up and close to the wildlife and 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 treats 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 Hotell, 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 vacated. 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. 

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Last updated:  2014-03-18
Sea eagle on the island of Hitra, Norway - Photo: Bjørn Eirik Østbakken
Sea eagle on the island of Hitra, Norway
Crab fishing outside the island of Frøya, Norway - Photo: Bjørn Eirik Østbakken
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Vingleia Lighthouse in Frøya municipality, Norway - Photo: Bjørn Eirik Østbakken

Eagle and seal safari outside Hitra and Frøya

- Rent the Vingleia Lighthouse and get the whole island for yourself, says the local guide as he turns the scallops on the barbecue.

Eagle and seal safari outside Hitra and Frøya

Source: Visitnorway

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