THE LOCAL GUIDE TEST / KJENTMANNSPRØVE
Hitra is Norway’s largest island south of Lofoten. The municipality is composed of 3200 islands and islets and has a 1514 km long coastline. Although Hitra’s landscape is strongly influenced by the sea and the forces of nature, the island’s topography, vegetation and animal life are surprisingly diverse. Along the coast in the south, west and north, the nature bears signs of the harsh climate with its naked heaths. But in the central part of the island there is a pine forest, mountains and large moors. Hitra’s flat terrain makes the most trails of the local guide test family-friendly.
The local guide test for Hitra includes 30 posts on land and 15 posts accessible by boat only. You will find a hole punch on each post. Use the hole punch to mark the post you have reached in the book. The local guide test is available for purchase at the Hitra library and at the coastal museum in Sør Trøndelag. You can also buy a good tour map of Hitra where all the posts of the local guide test are marked.
The local guide test book includes:
A small-scale map with all the posts
Descriptions of the posts and some information about nature and culture
The registration card is the book’s back cover. There are numbered squares on it. Each square with a number corresponds to one post. There is a hole punch at each post. Punch a hole in the square that has the same number as the post you are at.
Hiking map of Hitra:
Together with the local guide test, the municipality has also published a new hiking map of Hitra. All the posts of the test are marked on the map. We encourage you to use the map actively when you go for walks or hikes and to teach your kids how to use the map!
Public right to access at land
The unique Norwegian public right of access grants the right to roam freely in the wild nature. This gives you the right to:
Travel on foot and ski freely.
Make stops and stay for the night.
Horse ride/cycle on paths and roads.
Swim, paddle, row and sail.
Pick berries, mushrooms and flowers.
Fish freely for saltwater fish.
You need to buy a fishing license for freshwater fishing, either for one zone or for the whole island. The fishing license can be purchased at the Hitra tourist office at the coastal museum or online at inatur.no.
Between the 1st of April and the 20th of August, all dogs must be walked on a leash. Leash must be used all year long on pasture areas. The law yields to both public recreation areas and wild areas. When not leashed, the dog must be kept under full control of its owner at all times.
Public right to access at sea
You are allowed to roam freely by boat and moor the boat and go on land in the wild areas anywhere along the coast.
Normally, you can also use the mooring bolts and rings outside of public recreation areas for short periods of time if the property owner is not using them.
Private quays and floating piers can only be used with the permission of the property’s owner. You can moor to the floating piers marked «gjesteplass» (guest slip). Please make sure to check if there are any time limits or charges.