Photo Marita Lorås
A trail from the Hamna farm to Hifjellvatnet lake. The tour starts by taking off from FV 714 at Sandstad and driving FV 713 for approx. 7 km to Hamna. There, turn right / north and find the parking lot after approx. 100 m.
The Englishman’s Route was originally built for English lords hunting stag in the area. This is a nice gravel road that fits visitors of all ages and is baby carriage-friendly. The trail goes through a pine forest and among beautiful inland lakes. It also leads to one of the posts of the local guide test (Kjentmannsprøve) called «Bjønnhiet». Bjønnhiet is a dry cave facing the south at the feet of the Hifjellet mountain on Hamnamarka. It is situated in the pinewood and can be a bit hard to find due to high junipers in the area. In order to find the cave, follow the road almost until the Hifjellvatnet lake. Stay on the east and south side of the lake until you cross the creek. Next, go in the direction of the steep side of the mountain in the south.
It is quite likely that Bjønnhiet has functioned as bearcave when there were bears on Hitra. In 1859 the last bear was shot at Hitra. In connection with the bears’ swim across the fjord, battles were fought when they were discovered. Most often, the bears had to bow to the power, but it is said that people were killed on the sea during fights with the bears.
Nearest parking at Hamn.
About. 6 km one way to Bjønnhiet.
Nearby: Express boat terminal at Sandstad with:
Hitra Tourist Service (fishing holiday, car rental)
The Coastal Museum’s aquaculture department