Dolmsundet is a strait between Dolmøya and «mainland» Hitra going from east to west. There are numerous cultural monuments on both sides of the strait. The oldest traces of people stem from the Frosna tradition, Norway’s oldest settlement. The flint objects found in the settlement are between 10 000 and 11 000 years old.
The 15th century Dolm church is the only medieval building in the region. It is located in the southwest of Dolmøya by the Dolmsund channel. You can also visit the lush and beautiful rectory garden by the church. Discover the historical landscape of Dolm and enjoy the silence under the 200-years-old broadleaves in the garden. During the summer season, the coastal museum organizes guided tours of the church.
The Dolm church is one of the oldest buildings that are still in use on the Trøndelag coast. We do not know exactly when the church was built but we presume that this was at the end of the 15th century. The church replaced an older church on the other side of the Dolmsund channel – the Amundarås church on the Undås estate. The Dolm church is built in Romanesque style with round arches and thick stonewalls. A fire caused by a stroke of lightning destroyed the church and the building was reconstructed four times, in 1709, 1772, 1848 and 1920. The findings indicate that there were more fires and that people were burned alive in the church during at least one of them. There are many legends about the Dolm church.
There is a burial mound from the bronze age on the hill above the Dolm church called Dolmvarden. The panoramic view from the hill on the outer parts of Hitra and Frøya is fantastic. Burial mounds used to be placed on windswept forested ridges. Maybe the goal was to make the mounds visible to passers by? Or, to make it possible for the deceased to look at their realm? The path up to the burial mound starts at the parking lot (easy, appr. 20 minutes). There is also an information board there about this historical area.