Orland is a picturesque region perched on the Fosen peninsula and defined by dramatic coastal landscapes. Escape to remote offshore islands and discover the region’s proud military heritage at a World War II coastal artillery fort.
Things to do in ØrlandThe lively town of Brekstad is a launchpad to the Orland region. It’s set at the entrance to Trondheim fjord and surrounded by a patchwork of fields and farmland. The town centre offers a good selection of cosy cafes, bars and restaurants. Botngård is perched at the end of a smaller fjord and is another excellent base for your trip to Orland.
Set at the mouth of the Trondheim fjord, Austrått Fort recalls the region’s role as a World War II coastal artillery site. The fort was built in the 1940s by occupying German forces and armed with an enormous five-storey cannon. Guided tours take you into the underground barracks and ammunition storage rooms.
Austrått Manor dates back to the 1100s and has housed a string of noblemen and women over the centuries. Call ahead to arrange a guided tour of the manor, which has been reimagined as a local history museum. If you’re spontaneously passing by, you’re welcome to wander around the grounds.
The Orland coastline is dotted with rocky islands and skerries. The neighbouring islands of Storslattoya and Storfosna feel wild and remote, with beautiful beaches and just a few hundred locals. Both are havens for summer holidaymakers who arrive to swim, sunbathe and sail in the calm waters. There’s a good chance to spot eagles, seals, porpoises and whales.