Historical Hitra, The old trading center at Hopsjø

Mr. Parelius’ lunch

Hitra is an island with a long history. There have been found traces of people living at the island dating back to almost 11,000 years ago. The area with maybe the most history is Hopsjø, a place gone through many different phases and created exciting stories. The place was one of the largest trading centers along the Trøndelag coast in the 17th and 19th centuries, a family called Parelius ruled here for over 250 years, and at some point, it was a whaling station that received over 100 whales every year. With a museum, an authentic old shop and restaurant there are a lot to see and hear about at Hopsjø. Included in the tour is also a delicious lunch based in historical local ingredients. A guide will follow you through the tour.


8.10 to 9.50
Coastal express Trondheim-Hitra.

09.50 to 10.30
Bus transfer from the terminal at Sandstad to Hopsjø Coast and Culture Center.
Guide is included on both the boat trip and the bus.

10.30 to 11.30
Guided tour at the old trading center Hopsjø.

11.30 to 12.45
Parelius’ lunch and visit to the old shop Krambua.

12.50 to 13.30
Bus transfer from Hopsjø to Sandstad. Guide on the bus.

13.50 to 15.30
Coastal express from Hitra to Trondheim.

We really are on historical grounds. Hopsjø is located next to Dolmsundet, an area very rich in cultural heritage. The oldest traces of people are between 10,000 and 11,000 years old. We know that people have lived here continuously from the Stone Age to the present day.

The trading center at Hopsjø was one of Trøndelag’s largest trading centers in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Parelius family ruled here for over 250 years as traders and proprietors. From then until now, Hopsjø has gone through several different events and created many exciting stories.

On the second floor there is a whaling museum. From 1926 to 1962 there was a whaling station just off Hopsjø where about 100 whales were caught every year. This also became one of the most important employers in the area as it had work for over 100 men. At the museum you will find objects and authentic descriptions of whaling in Norway in the 20th century.

“Mr. Parelius” takes us into the old restaurant, Traktørstedet Landstrykeren, for a delicious lunch based on historic local ingredients.

At last it is possible to visit the old shop “Krambua”. It is an authentic shop to how it was back in the days. Its history goes back to mid-1800’s and until it closed in 1953. You will find products from a long time ago. You can also buy old-fashioned sweets and maritime crafts.


7 hours and 20 min

Start and end at

Trondheim express boat terminal
(Buy ticket on the boat)

Number of participants

Min. 10 persons, max. 40 persons

Suitable for

The tour can be done by persons with reduced mobility, except for the visit to the whaling museum on the 3rd floor.

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