There are no organized bicycle tours on Hitra. However, if you have your own bike and visit the island on two wheels you will have a wonderful experience. Bicycle tourism in not big in the area, so it’s good to take a repair kit with you. There is a well-equipped sports shop in Fillan.
There is a lot of heavy truck traffic on the roads of Hitra and Frøya. The FV 714 is very busy. But some areas with less traffic are safe for cyclists of all ages, both adults and children.
A map of Hitra that can be useful on a bike trip can be purchased in the following places:
- Kafé Sjøsprøyt at the express boat terminal, Sandstad
- Hitra tourist office at the museum, Fillan
- Hitra library, Fillan
Here are our suggestions for bicycle tours:
1.Gammelveien Fillan – Akset
Hitra´s Gammelveien (the old road) goes from Fillan to Akset and is 8 km long. The road is closed for car traffic and suitable for bike tours with children.
From Fillan: Take the first exit on the right past Lakselva (towards the west). The parking lot is by the boom gate.
From Akset: At Sandstad, take the exit to Forsnes from the FV 714. Drive about 5 km and turn right (towards the north). You reach the beginning of Gammelveien. Continue for about 600 m to reach the
This is a nice route with many lakes, bridges and old-time locations marked by signs. About half way through the trip, you will reach «Kvilarrommet» – a place where travellers and their horses used to rest in the old days.
From Stiksdaltjønna, you can cycle to Staurfjellet (196 masl). Take the forest path to the left (in the western direction). On the ridge, before the path starts going down to Sandfjellvatnet, turn left/to the west. The trip takes about 2 hours.
You will also pass beautiful lakes of Stiksdalsvatnet, Sandfjellvatnet and Terningsvatnet along Gammelveien. The local fish take the hook willingly and there is a nice beach at Terningsvatnet. You can put up your tent in many places along Gammelveien. Remember to get a fishing license. Fishing is free of charge for children. You can buy your fishing license online or at the coastal museum in Fillan.
2.Svankilen – Storlia
A bike trip to Kvenvær is safe and interesting for the whole family. You start off on a gravel road in Svankilen. The road takes you to Storsandvatnet, which is excellent for fishing. Don’t forget your fishing license (adults only). The next stop is Sagvatnet with a fantastic beach.
You can also make a side trip by taking the road to Munkdalen, where you can leave your bike and climb the Tonningen mountain. You will find an interesting cave on your way up called «Jutulstua». Follow the signs to the cave.
If you continue straight ahead on the gravel road, you will eventually reach Krokvatnet lake. The trip ends in Storlia.
The distance between Svankilen and Storlia is 6 km.
The bicycle tours described below depart from Sandstad, the terminal of the Coast Express between Trondheim and Kristiansund.
3.Sandstad – Fillan – Fjellværøy island
You can take the Fv 714 from Sanstad in to Fillan. This is quite a busy road with a lot of heavy truck traffic.
The distance from Sandstad to Fillan is 15,6 km.
You can also take an alternative route, parts of which go through Tranvikan and Badstuvik that are less busy. Follow the signs from Sandstad, turn to Hestvika at the intersection and continue on this road until you see the sign to Badstuvik. Turn to Badstuvik and cycle through a beautiful landscape until you reach the FV 714 again. Continue on the FV 714 until you reach Fillan (about 10 km). The distance from Sandstad to Fillan via Tranvikan is 22,8 km.
In Fillan, you will find places to spend the night, eat and go shopping. We also recommend dropping by the coastal museum situated about 300 m west from the center, where you can visit exhibitions «The People of Flatvika» and «Russerforliset», a gallery and a tourist office.
Enjoy the view from the roof of Hjorten Hotel Fillan
Eat delicious seafood at Ansnes Brygger
Take life easy at Fjellvær Guesthouse
Visit Knarren Brygge and the beautiful Knarrlagsund
Continue on the Fv 714 in the direction of Frøya. After about 2 km from Fillan center, turn in the direction of Ansnes/Fjellværøy. In Ansnes, you can visit Ansnes Brygger. You can enjoy an exquisite meal, take a bath in a hot tub, rent a boat and spend the night there. If you choose to continue the trip towards Fjellværøy island, follow the signs. You will cross two bridges on your way. The fishing conditions under the bridges are excellent thanks to the currents. After you cross the bridges, continue in the direction of Knarrlagsund. Next, take the turning to Mastad, where the route around Fjellværøya begins. The road has little traffic and goes across variable landscape, where you can enjoy freshwater and sea fishing and visit interesting tourist attractions. Fjellvær Guesthouse in Fjellvær offers accommodation and meals. You can also rent a boat here. From the Fjellvær Guesthouse, the road continues to Kjerbusdalen. Also this stretch has varying landscape and interesting tourist attractions. At Kjerbusdalen, you reach an intersection. Here, you can either continue over the bridge towards Knarrlagsundet, where you can spend the night and dine at Knarren, or return to Fillan. There is an asphalt road between Fjellvær and Kjerbusdalen. The rest of the road around Fjellværsøya is graveled. You can shop for groceries in Knarrlagsundet.
Distance between Ansnes and Mastad: 7,1 km
Distance between Mastad and Fjellvær: 8,9 km
Distance between Fjellvær and Kjerbusdalen: 8,5 km
Distance between Kjerbusdalen and Knarrlagsund: 1,1 km
Distance between Kjerbusdalen and Fillan: 14,1 km
4.Sandstad – Forsnes – Kvenvær – Fillan
Follow the Fv 714 from Sandstad until you reach the intersection. Follow the sign to Forsnes. There are no stores or restaurants between Forsnes and Kvenvær, so it’s good to have some food and drink with you. This part of the route goes through a varying natural landscape. You can visit the “Bjønnhiet” that probably served as a bear lair when bears still lived on Hitra (marked by a sign). You will also cycle across the Havmyran nature reserve – the largest of the 4 nature reserves on Hitra. The reserve is 42 km2 big and covers a large heath, wetland and mire system. You will also find a myriad of small and big fishing lakes in the reserve. In 2002, the area was designated a Ramsar Site. This is a large, protected area with unspoilt mire and wetland landscape, coastal Atlantic flora and vegetation.
Kvenvær is Hitra’s only fishing village dating back to the Stone Age. Kvenvær has a grocery store, a post office, accommodation and a boat rental. Brygga Restaurant has a large outdoor section. You can taste the local beer at Storm Brygghus. You can also rent a room or a boat at Angelamfi in Grefsnesvågen about 6 km outside of Kvenvær.
The beautiful Kvenvær with Tonningen mountain in the background
Delicious cheese from happy animals at Hitra Gårdsmat, Helgebostadøya
A meal at Brygga Restaurant and a beer at Storm Brygghus, both situated in Kvenvær
Accommodation in luxury fishing huts in Grefsnesvågen
After you pass Kvenvær, you can take a side trip to Helgebostadøya (follow the signs). Here, you can visit Hitra Gårdsmat, which produces world-class cheese. Booking in advance recommended. You can buy the cheese and have a meal at the «Oppløftet» restaurant (for groups of minimum 10 people).
Hitra Gårdsmat, Bodil Birkeland, Helgebostad, 7243 Kvenvær, mobile phone: 930 36 863, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Kvenvær to Fillan, follow the Fv 713 unil you reach the intersection with the sign to Fillan and Frøya. Here, you will enter the Fv 714, which has a lot of traffic. On your way to Fillan, you will pass the Grytelva nature reserve and Hitra Windmill Park.
Distance between Sandstad and Kvenvær: 44,3 km
Distance between Kvenvær and Hitra gårdsmat: 20 km
Distance between Kvenvær and Fillan: 34,7 km
5.Straum – Asmundvåg – Melandsjø – Fillan
After 17, 8 km on the Fv 713, take the exit to Straum. This road has little traffic and leads through an inland landscape, where you have good chances of meeting red or roe deer. Two large lakes along the route, Liavatnet and Skogåsvatnet, are good for fishing. Remember to get your fishing license. Follow the signs to Asmundvåg and, next, to Melandsjø. In Melandsjø, you can visit Hopsjøbrygga. Hopsjø Coast and Cultural Center has a maritime environment with a long history. You can visit an old-time general store, a whaling exhibition and have a meal at the restaurant. We recommend a hike up to Brannhaugen along the path from Hopsjøen. You will enjoy the magnificent view of the Dolmsund channel from the top of Brannhaugen. Another interesting site in Melandsjø is the characteristic Hitra church that became the principal parish church on Hitra after the Dolm church had burned in 1920.
After about 2,5 km past Melandsjø, you will arrive at Dolmsundet Hotel where you can spend the night in a flat or hotel room and enjoy an excellent meal. Follow the signs to Fillan. Here, you will enter the Fv 714, which has more traffic.
On the way to Fillan, you will pass the Dalpro company, which farms red deer and Old Norse sheep and sells farm food. Their products from sheep and deer have won multiple prestigious awards. Dalpro also offers activities for the visitors who wish to get closer to the deer and sheep. You can contact them by phone or via their website.
Distance between Straum and Melandsjø: 15,2 km
Distance between Dolmsundet hotel and Dalpro: 7,8 km
Distance between Dolmsundet hotel and Fillan: 12,3 km
6.Bridge to bridge
The trail goes from the new Dolmsund bridge to the Vettastraumen bridge. You can bike/drive from Sandstad to the Dolmsund bridge. If you turn left to Melandsjø before the bridge, you will get to a large parking lot. Cycle over the Dolmsund bridge to Frøya and enjoy the fantastic view on Frøya and the Dolmsund channel from the top of the bridge. Turn left to Kjerringvåg after you cross the bridge. When you reach Kjerringvåg, you can take the road to the Vettastraumen bridge (follow the sign to Melandsjø). The road has little traffic and a wonderful view of the Dolmsund channel from the bridge. Archeologists have been doing excavations here for many years and discovered traces of people dating back to 10 000 years ago. The channel is called «a cultural and historical pearl rope» by archeologists. After crossing the Vettastraumen bridge turn left at the intersection and you will return to the departure point of your trip.
We strongly recommend visiting the Dolm church and rectory. The Dolm church is one of the oldest buildings that are still in use on the Trøndelag coast. We do not exactly know when the church was built but this was probably in the 15th century. The buildings of the rectory burned down to the ground in 1963. The church and the rectory garden are the only remainings. In the last years, the coastal museum in Sør Trøndelag has been responsible for the maintenance of the rectory garden and the surrounding area. Grazing sheep have contributed to the fertilization of this cultural landscape. The employees of the coastal museum take good care of the park all through the summer. The coastal museum in Sør Trøndelag organizes guided tours in the summer season. Details on www.kystmuseet.no.
Distance between Dolmsund bridge and Kjerringvåg: 3,7 km
Distance between Kjerringvåg and Dolmsund bridge: 4,2 km
Distance between Kjerringvåg and Dolm church: 5,2 km