House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 11
The "Fyrmesterboligen" ("Lighthouse keeper's residence") is built in an old, traditional style, in 2007. 110 sqm. Exclusive materials are used, (tiles, oak, stone, wood) and the house has a heating pump/air conditioner.
Ground floor: bathroom w/shower (and washing machine), living room and well equipped kitchen with induction oven, dishwasher and micro. You can easily fit 14 people around the dinner table.
First floor: toilet, 2 smaller bedrooms (2 beds each) and one big bedroom (4 beds). Hall with sofa/extra bed.
Annex: room for fishing/diving equipment, extra refrigerator, plus bedroom w/3 beds.
Also available are a filet-room next to the boats where you have fresh water and light available, for fileting fish.
The house is situated in a neighbourhood where similar houses (although none identical) have been built around an old typical farm. The location has been used by people since ancient time, and several graves (piles of stones on top of a hill) are found in the area. 50-100 years ago more than 2000 people lived and worked as fishermen in the archipelago, but now all these homes are used as holiday houses. Even the post office and local grocer was located by and only available from the sea.
30 nm from Kristiansund (boat), 175 km from Trondheim. No ferries needed. Parking on property.
(the house is on mainland Hitra, although on the map Google locate it on a smaller island)
The house is on the main island Hitra, so you may use a car all the way
The area offers a vast range of opportunities for the active family. Fishing in the north sea can result in world records (world record ling was taken from here, 46,7 kg http://www.njff.no/portal/page/portal/njff/nyhet?element_id=160688016 ), large population of cod, ling, halibut, coalfish, crabs etc.
Scuba diving in the North Sea is also marvellous. You can use our boat that is rigged for scuba diving, and a compressor is available nearby. You are allowed to catch fish/shells while diving in Norway; especially the scallops are popular (and LARGE). You will easily fill your net with 50 scallops during a 25 min dive. Both dry suit and wetsuit can be used, and we have three tanks available if needed (300 bar)
The nature on Hitra is wild and beautiful. Outside the archipelago you have a free view to the horizon in the west (Greenland next), and you can easily see that the nature is marked by the rough weather conditions. This is not the place to be if you require stable, nice weather conditions :) You can experience three seasons within a day! But don't worry: when it's nice it's the most beautiful place on earth, with temperatures reaching 20-25 C (68-77 F) in the summer, and when it's stormy or windy you will enjoy the fantastic scenery to the nature, viewing the waves as they try to break down the many islets and shears.
If you are interesting in doing your own cooking, the opportunities here are excellent. Fish as fresh as it gets, giant scallops available right outside the marina, local honey, meat, cheese etc.
Hitra is the 7th largest island in Norway, 685 sqkm. Since the nineties, you have been able to use your car all the way through one of the deepest underwater tunnels in the world (286 meters below sea level). One of the reasons an investment like that was possible is that enormous quantities of salmon are produced on Hitra and another large island next to Hitra; Frøya. On average, 500.000 kg salmon are produced here EVERY DAY.
Hitra has much to offer, if you are interested in nature. Because of the wild climate next to the sea, most of the island is covered by pine forest or no trees at all. On the southernmost part of the island, where our house is, you will only find trees here and there (along the sea, if you go 1-2 km inside the island there is real forest) Because of this you will have the feeling of walking in Norwegian mountains if you decide to climb the Tonningen that is 6-7 km from the house. The view from the top is spectacular; you may see mountains more than 70 km away, and the whole archipelago. You do not need special skills for this trip, but if you're afraid of heights it may be a challenge to go all the way.
The pier is 200m from the house, and this is where the boats are. We have one aluminium 40 hp 17 feet for “rough use” (fishing, scuba diving and when we want to set shore where there's no pier) and a Yamarin 100 hp for longer trips. You may also fish from the pier, especially mackerel and coalfish are easy to catch, and both tastes great. The feeling of having 5 mackerel on at the same time is ecstatic. You may also catch crabs in nets from the pier.
Of course, with the boat you have even more opportunities. The big fish is waiting for you. Asking the guides for help is a good advice if you are after the big catches, but if you are mostly interested in dinner and enjoying the quietness and the company, you can try anywhere.
Hitra has the densest population of sea eagle in Europe. Birds from here are exported back to Scotland where they have been extinct. It's not uncommon to see 5-10 birds in the air at the same time, but during July they are nesting so you will see family groups and adults seeking food. Whales are spotted on very irregular basis.
Distances by car:
Trondheim 175 km (2-2,5 hour) (we have two apartments in Trondheim in case you want to visit the city on your way from/to the airport. I will not describe what Trondheim has to offer as I think it's easily available on the internet)
Trollstigen: 282 km from Trondheim, 350 km from our house. If you are interested in seeing some of the best that Norway has to offer in terms of nature, you could drive a roundabout starting in Trondheim and ending up on Hitra. You should then include Trollveggen, only 18 km from Trollstigen. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trollveggen is the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, about 1100 meters. If you are interested in a 2-3 day roundabout I can give you some advice about route and attractions.
Geiranger Fjord: 324 km from Trondheim, but only another 67 km from Trollstigen.
Other: If you go for the “roundabout” (3-4 days) you should look up these attractions:
Dovre (where you may go on a musk safari. Search for “dovre moskussafari”)
The Atlantic Road (in Norwegian called Atlanterhavsveien or Atlanterhavsvegen) is a part of Norwegian national road 64 (Rv 64). It is close to the cities Molde and Kristiansund in the midwest part of the Norwegian coastline. It is ranked first on The Guardian's list of the world's best road trips! http://www.theatlanticroad.com/
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Vaernes (Værnes) 175 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (7), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 7|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|