Ørland is surrounded by sea on three sides and therefore is a good base for kayak trips in the Stjørn Fjord, the Bjugn Fjord and the Trondheims Fjord with Kjeungskjær lighthouse and the islands "Juldagan" at Uthaug. Asserøy og Vallersund in Bjugn are also a eldorado for paddlers with its great archipelago.
Either you are a eager golf player who search for new golf coarses to cultivate your passion, or you just want to shoot some strokes during your vacation, Austrått Agrotourism is the place for you. Here you leave your car at the holiday house and take the two-minute walk to the golf course.
Austrått Golf Course is a 9 hole course which was completed in 2008. The course is beautifully placed surronded by forest with a wiev to the Trondheim Fjord and the manor of Austrått.
If you need to, golf clubs can be rented with us at Austrått Agrotourism.
Activities at sea
Located at the southwestern tip of the Fosen peninsula, Ørland is surronded by sea. Tourists vacationing with us have good possibilities for activities at sea.
In Austrått marina, some hundred meters from Kårstua, we have a steady console boat with 30 hp for rent. It is well suited for bringing the daily fish catch on the table.
The sailboat which can be rented at Austrått Agrotourism is a Fabola Campus 650 (21 feet), a fun boat to sail. With a swing keel it´s smallest depth is only 30 cm and can go into shallow water with the keel in the highest position. The swing keel also gives you the possibility to put it on a trailer and go wherever you want to go.
Activities on bike
,Some hundred meters from Kårstua you can turn in to the well developed network of faciliated foot and bicycle paths in the area. Sheltered from car traffic they really invites to use the bike. You can happily have a morning trip on the bike in the flat, open area.
On a vacation without a car you can experience Ørland on a bicycle within reasonable time. If the weather is good we recommend an evening trip to Uthaug to watch the sun go down into the sea. You can go there by bike in less than one hour. Sjøgata at Uthaug, with its old fisherman homes from the middle of the 1800s, is also worth a visit.
Whoever wants to try out island hopping can go by bike to Garten and take the ferry to Storfosna. From there the ferry goes via the island Leksa to Værnes in the Agdenes municipality. However, first you should explore the islands Storfosna and Kråkvåg which belongs to the Ørland municipality. Kråkvåg and Storfosna have a bridge connection. Going back to Ørland, you have to take the ferry from Valset to Brekstad.
Several good suggestions to round trips can be found in the brochure "SykkelØrland", which is made by Ørland Culture Center. At Ørland Culture Center bikes can be rented .
Beachlife at Austrått
Storjektvika is a nice, sandy beach close to the marina and not far from the manor of Austrått. It is a nice walk from Kårstua to the beach through the grove, Austråttlunden.
At the beach there is also a lawn where you can lay down and sunbathe or enjoy avtivities like vollyball or football. We can´t promise you high water temperatures, but on warm summer days you can find the good life in Storjektvika.
Close by the beach you can find Skjegghaugan, burial mounds from the viking age. In a famous norse saga it is said:
There was a mighty farmer called Skjegge, he was called Iron Skjegge. He lived at Opphaug at Ørland, ...... And while the king was at the hof, Iron Skjegge was killed outside door, and that was done by the men of the king....... When Iron Skjegge was killed his body was moved to Ørland, he lies in the Skjegge mound at Austrått.
Bird and animal life
Around the farm you can meet roe deer, moose, fox and squarrel. In Austråttlunden, the grove of Austrått, you can find a distinctive and varied habitat. This forms the basis for a rich animal life. It has been registered more than 70 bird species i Austråttlunden, amongst them several red listed species. Moose and roe deer are common animals in the grove.
For the interested birdwatcher Ørland is an eldorado. In the area you can find four protected wetlands and is one of 63 Ramsar areas in Norway. One of the four is Grandefjæra Nature Reserve. The 10 km shoreline is the longest in Norway. It is registered more than 200 species in Grandefjæra. Both in Grandefjæra og Hovsfjæra it is well facilitated for birdwatchers, the bird towers give a good overview over the area.
Read more about historical activities/experiences
Several activities can be recommended. One of them is a hike in the area of Austrått, which is a fantastic base for good experiences. There are a lot of hiking alternatives in the area. Here you can try the historical foot and bicycle paths which have not been passable for hundreds of years. The work of restoring these paths was started in 2015 and today it has opened the unique manor landscape in the area around the manor of Austrått. Today it ties big parts of Ørland together. Protected against car traffic, you can enjoy the peace and calm at one of the resting places, barbecue your food at one of the fireplaces or take a bath in Rusasetvatnet, the lake of Rusaset.
A two-minute walk from Kårstua you find the entrance to Austråttlunden, the grove of Austrått. This area is today a landscape protected area, but is well arranged for hiking with its good paths and resting places. Small boards with information about the nature and culture are placed along the 3 km circular track.
Rusasetfjellet, the mountain of Rusaset, has a net of paths that is well marked. If you wish a little more challenging experiences a little higher above the sea level, you can walk up to Osplikammen (285 m.o.s), the highest spot in Rusasetfjellet and also in Ørland. The flat landscape around gives you a magnificently view over Ørland and the islands outside.