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Route 2

The mighty archipelago, with Hitra

A half-day drive along Trøndelag's famous "salmon road", with beautiful nature along fishing lakes, gentle moors and low mountains. You are now driving along the "salmon road", named against the background of the enormous salmon transport that supplies the rest of the world with Norwegian farmed salmon. When you reach the end of the mainland and after driving through the deep Hitra tunnel, the journey continues on narrow and winding roads over Hitra and Frøya. Upon arrival at Frøya, the road turns left at the roundabout and you head along the sea and over heaths, towards the historic fishing village Titran.

Driving the whole archipelago around on a motorcycle is an experience! How about taking a car ferry out to the archipelago Mausund - Sula, and experiencing the outermost of Trøndelag's fishing village? Nice and winding roads, rugged nature and many vantage points make this one of the finest motorcycle rides we can offer.

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The mighty archipelago, with Hitra

The first part of the trip from Bårdshaug Herregård goes up through a valley, which ends with a view of the lake Gangåsvatnet on your left side. After a short tunnel, turn right onto F714 and begin your journey on the "salmon road". The road turns with a slight incline, and you will get the beautiful Våvatnet on the right side. The newly built Geitfjellet wind farm looms well on the horizon on the way out, and you are now driving on the newest part of the «salmon road». Here there are wide fine roads, with a good overview and towering nature. You will drive through several short and some longer tunnels, before you reach the Åstfjord bridge. It was completed in 2021 and was longed for by most, but perhaps not by the regular motorcyclist, who lost a stretch of road in the fjord with the finest turns you can imagine. But you drive on, knowing that there will be more turns.
After some nice long stretches of road with long slack turns, a couple of tunnels and passing a petrol station on the left, you now embark on the last kilometers on the mainland. Some turn along the sea and a little upwards, then you come to the longest straight stretch of the trip where you end up on Sunde, which is a nice place for a stop. This is also where you drive down into the Hitra tunnel, which in its time was the world's deepest underwater tunnel, 260 meters below sea level. Polish the visor and keep it a little ajar, there may be condensation when you go downhill. After almost 6 kilometers of tunnel, you are on Hitra, the island that is known for its large deer population and boasts one of Northern Europe's largest deer populations. The roads here are fantastic, with gentle turns and flat natural landscapes. Here you just have to put your feet on the footboards and enjoy the ride. Just do not forget that deer!
At Fillan, a stop at the Coastal Museum is well worth a visit if you want to know more about the fishing history and coastal culture on the Trøndelag coast before you drive on. Or how about turning right a few kilometers later for a visit to Ansnes Brygger? The road east towards Ansnes is driven on nice narrow roads and is a nice detour to the famous motorcycle stop Ansnes Brygger for a breather and talk to other motorcyclists.
A couple of miles on Hitra's more winding roads, you come to Dolmøy and from here you drive into the Frøya tunnel, which is a 5.3 km long underwater tunnel. Out of the tunnel, turn left at the first roundabout and now move towards Titran. Now the roads narrow and the turns become shorter. You notice that the sea is right outside, the terrain becomes more windy and the fresh sea air is penetrating. Thirty miles later you come to the fishing village Titran, a historically important weather community well known in connection with the Titran accident in 1899, where 141 fishermen died in a terrible storm. This old coastal community has a bustling life in the summer with i.a. Titranspelet and Gaustadbrygga - an old country store that is now a café.
If you want more experiences of old fishing villages and old coastal communities, we recommend that you drive towards Norddyrøy and take a car ferry out towards the archipelago; Mausund, Bogøyvær and Sula. It is possible to drive off on Mausund and Sula, where you really get the experience of being "on" the sea. Take a look at the ferry routes or call 175 for ferry times and see if it fits with your presence on Frøya!
On the return trip, we recommend the trip around Frøya along county roads 716 and 714, with nice turns, and sea views almost all the way. Feel free to take it easy along this road, as there may be grazing sheep along the road. On Sistranda, the municipal center on Frøya, is Hotell Frøya, where restaurant Havheim can offer a good bite to eat and a beautiful view of the Frøyfjord.
The trip now goes back to Hitra and right after the Frøya tunnel you take a detour to the right on county road 381 on a trip to Hopsjøbrygga, which is well worth a visit.
On the return, turn right on county road 713, where our round trip around Hitra starts. Now all you have to do is sit back on your motorcycle and enjoy the island's coastal nature. Here it is relatively flat, and views of myrtle terrain and the coast change alternately. You follow the county road to Sandstad and the return through the Hitra tunnel and drive the same route back to Bårdshaug Manor, where a better dinner and good in the glass awaits you.

"It is recommended that GPS is set to select the fastest route and any avoidances turned off for the route to be calculated as described."

How can I navigate the recommended routes?

This primarily depends on whether you have mounted a GPS, navigate by App on your mobile phone or prefer paper printing in the tank bag. Here we describe the most common workflows:
  • Download the GPX file for the route you want to your computer
  • Import the file into your route planning tool (Eg Garmin's Basecamp or Tom Tom's MyDrive)
  • Export the route to your GPS as usual
  • Check that the route calculates correctly in your GPS (It is recommended that GPS is set to select the fastest route and any avoidances turned off for the route to be calculated as described.)
  • Good trip!
  • Download the GPX file for the route you want to your mobile phone
  • Send / open the file in the App that belongs to your GPS model (Eg Garmin's Drive or Tom Tom's MyDrive)
  • Send the route to your GPS (follow instructions that come with your GPS and App)
  • Check that the route calculates correctly in your GPS (It is recommended that GPS is set to select the fastest route and any avoidances turned off for the route to be calculated as described.)
  • Good trip!
  • Download the GPX file for the route you want to your mobile phone
  • Send / open the file in your Navigation App (Eg Calimoto or Detecht)
  • Check that the route is calculated correctly in your App (It is recommended that settings are set to select the fastest route and any avoidances turned off for the route to be calculated as described.)
  • Good trip!
  • Click on the link in the Google map on the website that opens the map in a new window
  • Print the map, with or without full description
  • Good trip!
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