Hitra is the largest island south of Lofoten, consisting of 3.200 islands and islets with a coastline of 1514 km. The landscape on Hitra is largely influenced by the rough sea and the forces of nature. It has large variations in topography, vegetation and wildlife. Along the coast to the south, west and north the nature is marked by harsh climate with bare moorland. The inland on the other hand, consists of pine forests, mountain terrain and large marshes. The flat terrain makes most of the hiking trails family friendly.

 

Recommended hiking trails

Based on how fit you are, or if you prefer long- or short hikes there exists a hiking trail for you. Here you will find a selection of some of the areas and places you can hike to when visiting beautiful Hitra:

 

The natural cave in Hestnes mountain. Copyright: Johan Eide.

Hiking to Hestnes mountain is an easy trip and is suitable for everyone. It takes about 30 minutes and will take you to a natural cave, where they have found traces of settlement dating back to the Iron Age.

 

 

 

 

Ulvøy trail. Copyright: Johan Eide.

Ulvøy trail is a well-marked trail, which takes you close to Frohavet. The highest peak of the trip is located 50 metres above sea level and has a nice view of the island Frøya.

 

 

 

If you prefer to hike in higher grounds, you can hike to the highest point on Hitra, “Mørkdalstuva”. This peak is located 345 metres above sea level and is a more challenging and time-consuming hike than most of the other suggested trails.

 

“Leberget”. Copyright: Johan Eide.

In the southern part of “Havmyran” nature reserve lies Inner Leberget. There is a myriad of lakes in this area, which makes it a fishers paradise. Bring your fishing rod and enjoy the peaceful scenery.

 

 

“Ørnfjellet”. Copyright: Johan Eide.

As far east on Hitra as it is possible to get, lies the island Stora. Located on the top of the island is “Ørnfjellet”, which translates to “Eagle mountain”. The island is best known for its magnificent beach where you can go for a swim during the summer.

 

 

Grytelva nature reserve. Copyright: Johan Eide.

In Grytelva nature reserve you will meet an undulating river valley with coastal pine forests and a rich flora. Located in the nature reserve lies one of the two salmon rivers on Hitra.

 

 

When hiking, there is always recommended to bring a map. You can either find a map here or you can buy one at the local tourist information. For more suggested hikes on Hitra, click here.

 

The right to roam

In Norway, we have a law called “Allemannsretten”, which allows us to roam freely in forests and open country. This gives us for instance the freedom to hike, fish and pick berries. But there are also some restrictions you need to know about when traveling in the Norwegian nature.

Fishing lake with possibility of trout fishing. Copyright: Johan Eide.

If you, as many others, would like to try fresh-water fishing you need a fishing license. You can buy a license in the tourist information, for either one fishing sone or for all of Hitra.

 

 

 

From 15 Apr. to 15 Sep. there is a general prohibition of bonfires. This is because of the danger of forest – and grassfires in dry areas.

You can read more about the guidelines here.