Hopsjø Trading Center was one of the largest of its kind on the coast of Trøndelag in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Parelius family of merchants and landowners resided here for over 250 years. Hopsjø had a warehouse pier, an outer pier, a 50-meter-long barn, a pigsty, a hen house, a summer residence, servants’ quarters, a bakery, a blacksmith’s workshop, a bar room, an annex and the main house that was built in 1730. 10 cotter’s farms, 4 churches and the Dolm church belonged to Hopsjø. So did 2 fishing villages, including the largest one at the time, Titran.
Thanks to Nils Rosing Parelius (1753-1799), Hopsjø soon became a well-known trading center with an interesting history. Parelius used his ships to transport fish products from Hopsjø to Spain and other European countries. He returned with delicacies like fruit, tobacco and liquor.
The Shop Museum
At Hopsjø you may experience an authentic old shop as it appeared in the old times. It has its history way back to the beginning of the 18th century until it was closed in 1953. Here, there are objects from a time long gone, as well as it gives you the nice atmosphere of trading over the counter even today.
The Whaling Museum
At Hopsjø you will also find the old whaling museum on the second floor. Here, you will find objects and authentic descriptions from the Hestnes Hvalstasjon and Norwegian whaling in the 20th century. Here, you can see whaling guns, harpoons and a lot of equipment and tools from this period. Open when restaurant Landstrykeren is open.
The restaurant Traktørstedet Landstrykeren
At Landstrykeren the chefs use produce from the coastal region to recreate traditional food from the area. Simply put, the goal is to serve good home cooking based on the rich traditions of the local community at Hitra.
Opening hours, Landstrykeren and Shop:
On days with extended opening hours until 02 there will be music / entertainment, info will be shared on www.hopsjo.no, on Facebook and in the HF calendar (HFkalenderen).
Shop is open 13-18 every day when the Landstrykeren is open.
Summer season 30.6.-3.8, open 7 days a week!
Sunday, Tuesday 12.00 – 21.00
Wednesday, Thursday 12.00-23.00
Friday, Saturday 12.00 – 24.00
NB! Hopsjødagene (The Hopsjø days) with 30th anniversary 18th-20th July. See info under “Events” and on the front page of www.visithitra.com, on www.hopsjo.no, on Facebook and in the HF calendar.
The Night Sailors at Hopsjø
The Night Sailors Association operates the restoration and maintenance of boats down at the old factory area at Hopsjø. The boats are old wooden boats that were originally used for herring fishing. In the summer of 2019, groups may book tours in the nearby areas on board the Buabruket and Barmfjordsbruket, both with 12-passenger capacity. Contact via mobile + 47 415 74 007 / 979 84 918 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Hike to Brannhaugen
It is nice to have a walk in the area even when the store and the restaurant is closed. We recommend especially a hike to Brannhaugen/Bårfjellet. A marked culture trail goes up to a burial mound on top of the hill, where you have a beautiful view to the northwest, the outlet of the Dolmsund channel, the group of islands Bispøyan, Titran and Frøya. The trail starts from Hopsjøhagen between the pier and the factory and is marked all the way to the top of the hill, where you will find an information board and a map. The way to the top is not long. The trail is suitable for both children and adults.