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Hitra & Froya

Our region: Hitra and Froya

Hitra is the seventh largest island in Norway, and the largest south of Lofoten. Its name comes from the old Norse word Hitr or Hitrar, which means “split” from the mainland, but that was in the past. Now, a long, subsea tunnel connects the island to the rest of Sør-Trøndelag. Along the southern, western and northern coast, the landscape is characterized by a rough climate, with barren heaths, but further inland on the island you’ll find pine woods, mountains and large marshes. The flower known as the heath spotted orchid is plentiful on the island. It is found by the thousands, and was chosen as the municipal flower in 1999. The municipality is a coastal community, because it does not only cover the island of Hitra, but many other surrounding smaller islands as well. In total, the municipality covers almost 2,500 islands and skerries.

Froya is located even further out to sea, but even this island is connected to the outside world through a subsea tunnel to Hitra. While its neighbouring island to the south has retained its pine woods, trees have almost all disappeared from Froya. The island’s undulating landscape consists primarily of marsh, rock and water. The original, and dominant, vegetation is the Atlantic coastal marsh, with its purple landscape of heather, bog rosemary and cross-leaved heath. Trout is bountiful, and visitors can fish in 163 lakes and ponds. The Municipality of Froya covers 5,400 islets and skerries, and it is possible to go on organized deep-sea fishing trips far out to sea. This natural experience is like nothing else. The weather changes from summery sunshine to rain and strong winds in a matter of hours, and nature’s own light show is spectacular.