Aland to Froya
The island of Hitra
Froya & Hitra
Froya and Hitra are neighbouring islands situated off the coast of Central Norway.
Hitra is now connected to the mainland by the world’s deepest underwater tunnel, 264m under sea level. Both islands can easily be reached by fast-moving catamaran boats from the town of Trondheim, and there is a ferry link between the islands.
Both islands have a numerous and varied oceanic flora in a rather unsheltered landscape and a real rich bird life, mainly sea-birds, but also other kinds from eagles to the more tiny ones. Wild geese and swans are regular guests each year.
A large number of prehistoric sites show that both islands have been more or less occupied since the Stone Age. Since 1837 the islands have been self-governed with their own local council and administration in accordance with the Norwegian government system.
In spite of the German occupation and presence of a large number of troops on Froya during World War II, some secret connections to UK territories were maintained. Amongst others, a Navy link between Shetland and Froya was kept open, carrying couriers and arms supplies to the illegal Norwegian resistance movement.
Economic life is still based on fisheries and fish processing industry but as coastal fisheries are strongly restricted, fish farming has become an important and fast increasing industry in both communities. Other income is derived from farming, commerce and different kinds of industry.
Both islands have a rich cultural life with a wide range of different activities of which singing, music and theatre seem to be the most popular. But there is also a fast-growing interest in cultural heritage and traditions. Tourism is increasing and holiday resorts are getting more and more attractive.
There are several sports clubs on both islands, offering different sports activities. Facilities include football grounds, shooting ranges and an indoor swimming pool. The most popular sports are football, handball and shooting. During winter indoor activities are most popular, but also cross-country skiing in snow-rich winters.
Froya did not win any medals at the 2003, 2005 or 2007 Games.
last updated: 24/06/2009 at 16:31