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Snillfjord in Norway Snillfjord municipality coat of arms


508,2 km2

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Snillfjord muncipality has approximately 1.000 inhabitants and covers a area of 508,2 km2. The community center lies in Snillfjord. Main industries are Agriculture and farming. There is a unique opportunity for fishing as well as hunting. Northvest is Trondheimsfjorden in southeast Hemnefjorden and around the fjords Snillfjorden and Åstfjorden.


Fosen is a peninsula north-west of the Trondheimsfjord. The region has an exciting variety of landscapes and villages. Farming, fishing and trade are the principal industries. Purely historically this area is also interesting. Fosen has some of the oldest traces of ancient settlement in Norway, from an age more than 11000 years back in the past. The region has played an important part in the development of the country. Its history is mainly the tale of resourceful, toiling people who slowly, but surely laid the foundations of the present days’ prosperity.

Fosen is a land of contrasts. From coastal landscapes with skerries, moors and quiet fjords you can reach beautiful mountains and valleys within a distance of a few kilometres. You will find cultural landscapes, forests, marshes, wild rivers, peaceful lakes and gushing streams. The weather, too, changes almost as quickly as the scenery.

The multitude of plant-, animal- and bird- species makes Fosen a fascinating area for people concerned with nature. Here you can find a wonderland for ornithologists. The country is also perfect for walking tours. A visit here makes you feel alive!


Hemnskjel is situated between Hitra and the mainland where the in-sailing to Trondheim is at its narrowest, mid between Kristiansund and Trondheim. The island is just 4.6 square kilometres in area, some of which is farmland, but most consists of rock or marshland. Originally, the island was nearly without woodland, but now woods are cropping up since farm animals are not let loose to graze. There are about 100 inhabitants of Hemnskjel, but about 100 years ago, there were up to 250 people on the island. Since the last war, the population has sunk mostly due to people moving to Trondheim and other concentrated areas.

Originally lived the inhabitants of Hemnskjel of hunting and fishing. Later, they combined farming with fishing. Today it is fish farming that provides the most jobs together with public services and tourism. There is also a small shipyard here. Fish farming and tourism will probably be the most important businesses in the future.


Hemnskjels history goes right back to stone age times. Objects have been founds from 12,000 years ago and up to around 1500, when written sources describe the habitation of the island. Several flint articles from the "Fosna" culture show that this type of life-style thrived here. The "Boat-axe" or slate-culture appeared in Scandinavia 5,000 years ago and there are many well-made artefacts from this period, especially knives and arrowheads. A 3,000 year old, gold arm ring has been found here, from the Bronze Age. During the Iron Age and the time of migration between year 200 and 600, people buried their dead in burial mounds. Some of the largest in the area are to be found at "Malnesset" and "Kvalholmen".


About 1,100 years ago, a rich man buried The Hemnskjel Treasure. It was found in 1952 and is one of the most important finds of gold and silver ever in Norway. The largest item was a silver necklace, weighing 555 grams.

Historically, there have been few farms on Hemnskjel. From The Iron Age until 1800, there was probably just the one, privately owned farm. The buildings were close to where the farm "Hemnskjelgarden" is today. Hemnskjel was once owned by the king and has also been in the Church's ownership (the Nidaros diocese). The private landowner, Engebret Hemnskjel allowed many smallholdings to be established. These new inhabitants provided him with a cheap source of labour. He became one of the richest men in outer Trøndelag in the 1600s, when the famous "Fru Inger" ran the estate of "Austrått". In the beginning of the 1800s, several of the smallholders managed to buy their rented properties and around 1880 they were all privately owned. There were then 14 properties of various sizes. Since the War, farming has been reduced on Hemnskjel and there is only one dairy farm left.

Just after the year 1000 ad the people of Hemnskjel accepted Christianity as their religion. Before that, their beliefs lay with Tor and Odin. Hemnskjel became an underlying part of the church of Hitra.


There is a unique opportunity for sea-fishing in Trondheimsfjorden and Hemnefjorden and around the Snillfjorden and Åstfjorden. If you feel unsecure you can hire a local fishing guide who will take you out on the fishing adventure you are there for.

The richness of spieces are good because the sea otside the islands is protected from commersal fishing and its used for research of the spieces and their reproduction.