Things to do in Austrått Norway
Austråttlunden is a protected woodland area in Austrått where you can see the different variety of rare plants and wildlife. If you are lucky, you can see moose, deer and different kinds of birds.
Inside the grove, you can see the famous world’s northernmost wild oak tree. They say that the tree is hundreds of years old already. I went inside the oak tree when I first visited the place so I persuaded my son to go inside too. He was scared at first because he thought that there are squirrels or termites inside the tree.
This place popular for walking and running, it is about 3 km if you will go around the Austråttlunden. But we have a kid in tow so we did not walk that far. We went to the fort after taking pictures of the oak tree.
Austrått Fort was built by German Wehrmacht in 1942 to protect the Tronheimsfjord during World War II. Inside the fort, you will see the Triple gun turret that weighs 800 tons. The gun turret last firing was in 1953 and it became a museum in 1991.
Norwegians protect and preserve this fort so the site is still in good condition. As you can see, there is a tarpaulin that covers the gun turret to protect it from the winter season. Again, I was not able to see the interiors of the gun turret because it is only open during summer season. You can see the five-storey cannon tower and Fosen War Historical Collections starting June of the year.
It is nice to be back and this time with my family. We took photos on the same spot where my siblings and I took photos several years ago.
Austråttborgen or Austrått Manor is found in the municipality of Ørland, Sør-Trondelag Norway. Austrått has been the residence of many noblemen/noblewomen and officials since the 10th century. The Austrått Manor it is one of the oldest Norwegians manors, it was built in 1656 by Norwegian Chancellor named Ove Bjelke. The manor is a national property since 1919.
Some people like my mom, called this Austrått castle, inside the manor is a chapel where my aunt got married. We were not able to see the interior but the manor is open for public tours during the summer season.
Beside the Austråttborgen is a pyramid with a plaque.
There is also a small beach after the Austråttborgen where you can relax or even swim during summer months. We touched the water and it is really cold.
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